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Principal Leadership Announcement

Andrew Hakala URCEO Principal Photo

Eagle Point School District 9 proudly welcomes Principal Andrew Hakala to our leadership team!

Mr. Hakala is extremely excited about being named the new principal of URCEO and the opportunity to move back home to Oregon. Mr. Hakala graduated from Mountain View High school in Bend and graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Before becoming an educator, he was a successful entrepreneur running Hakala Hoop Camps and Hakala Construction LLC. His love of working with children led him to a career in education.

Mr. Hakala has a MAT degree in Elementary Education from City University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has 18 years of experience, including teaching on the Navajo Reservation, 6 years in Louisville Kentucky, and as a principal in Alaska.  Prior to his time in Arizona, Alaska, and Kentucky Mr. Hakala was a Math Teacher with Oregon Connections Academy.

He will travel to become part of the Eagle Point community with his wife Michelle, daughter Payton, his son Bradley, and dog Clifford. He is looking forward to spending more time with his relatives in Eugene and Bend. He also loves to travel and explore the beautiful state of Oregon.

Hillside Elementary Principal

Eagle Point School District 9 proudly welcomes Principal Jennifer Patterson-Durham to our leadership team!
Jennifer Patterson-Durham is passionate about the role of education to cultivate individual and collective achievement. This year marks her thirteenth year in education. For the first decade of her career, she served at both the middle and high school levels, teaching a variety of grades and content areas. She has served in school administration for the last three years. Becoming a school leader developed from her desire to support educators in providing quality instruction through systems improvement, collaboration, and supportive coaching. 

She moved to the Rogue Valley from Southern California in 2003 with her husband and two sons. Mrs. Durham is excited to be a part of the Eagle Point community as she spent summers and holidays in Eagle Point with her grandparents. With a visionary leadership style and a focus on collaboration, relationship-building, and ensuring quality instruction, she endeavors to provide an extraordinary school experience for all students and families.

White Mountain Middle School Principal
Eagle Point School District 9 proudly welcomes Principal Jennifer Sweeney to our leadership team!
Jennifer Sweeney graduated from North Valley High School. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at Southern Oregon University. Her post-graduate and doctoral work is at the University of Oregon. Mrs. Sweeney taught Language Arts in middle school, five of those years were at Eagle Point Middle School. When she and her husband moved to Coos County, she spent four years as an instructional coach and professional development coordinator. Mrs. Sweeney has been a principal for six years in junior/senior high schools. Mrs. Sweeney's children have all graduated from high school, and she and her husband are excited to move back to the Rogue Valley. She's grateful to return to the Eagle Point School District to join White Mountain Middle School. Mrs. Sweeney loves being part of middle schools, helping adolescents learn and figure out who they are and how they want to be part of the community.