Hollister School District’s high school and middle school will both be under new leadership at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
The district announced the hiring of both Terry Jamieson as principal of Hollister High School and Jared Terry to become principal at Hollister Middle School. Both have a history in education, and most recently, both worked at the Spokane School District, where they were superintendent and assistant superintendent, respectively.
According to Jamieson, after more than 20 years in education, he wanted to get back to the building level.
“I wanted to be involved in the day-to-day affairs of the building, be around kids and get back to the reason why I got into this,” Jamieson said. “Being a superintendent can sometimes be isolating, and you start to miss the things that are special about education.”
“I’ve probably done pretty much everything you can do in a school system except be the high school principal,” Jamieson added.
Jamieson said he’s been familiar with the Hollister School District from working around the area, and said he’s appreciated several things about it.
“Your leadership and school board has a very good reputation,” he said. “I know some of the staff members and coaches and have been treated first class by them. Finally, it’s a beautiful area, and it really appealed to my wife and I.”
Looking at his leadership style, Jamieson said he strives to put people first.
“I’m a guy that leads by valuing people and expecting other people to be valued,” he said. “In the grand scheme of things, I’m not sure we haven’t overcomplicated education. I see it as a mission of empathy, and that’s been the way I live.”
Jamieson said he and his wife Jill are approaching their 34-year anniversary.
Terry said he began his education career as a physical education teacher and coach before moving onto administrative roles as an athletic director, assistant principal and elementary principal at various school districts.
When looking at the Hollister School District, Terry said Hollister has always been a destination school to him
“I’ve always liked the area ... and there’s always been a lot of good things going on, a lot of cool activities and opportunities for kids at the middle school,” Terry said.
Above all, Terry said he’s excited about being a member of the community.
“I want them to be comfortable with me, and know I’m willing to listen and have the best interest of the kids at heart,” he said. “I’m here to serve the Hollister community and make the school the best it can be.
“I’m all about providing opportunities to kids and pushing them to grow, that’s what we’re in this business for.”
Terry also said his wife, Molly, previously worked for the district.
The pair have been married 10 years and have three children, two will be entering the school district.
According to Terry, the opportunities for his children in the district were a big deciding factor.
“Ever since then, it’s been one of those we thought if something comes up it’d be a great place to be,” Terry said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the rest of the (administrative) team. So when the opportunity came up, I felt like it was a good opportunity for me and my family.
“Hollister is a place where I’m excited about the opportunities and to be part of things they don’t have everywhere else.”