employee spotlight

During October, IMESD has been highlighting our Instructional Services Department. Meet one of their employees!

McKennon McDonald is the Coordinator of the Oregon Trail Regional Educator Network (OTREN) at IMESD. OTREN serves all schools in Baker, Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties.

Can you describe your job? My role is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the OTREN, an approximately $2.6 million grant from the Educator Advancement Council (EAC). We are currently implementing regional projects and district-level work in the areas of Content Specific Educator Huddles, New Teacher Support, MTSS and Administrator support.

How does your job contribute to student success in our region? OTREN projects are elevated through educator voice and designed to meet identified professional development needs in our region. Our goal is to help remove barriers that may otherwise stand in the way of something being implemented. Students will see the benefits of teachers receiving the support they need to grow as professionals and hone their craft.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Every day presents a new challenge to tackle, and it’s been exciting to get out and meet educators from around the region!