Director Bios

  • John Wiseman

    Director of Professional Learning

    Jose Wiseman Headshot John Wiseman has served as an educator and administrator in the Othello School district since 2003.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University.  He then went on to earn his Master in Teaching and Principal  Administrative Certificate from Washington State University.  John began his educational career as a 3rd grade teacher at Hiawatha Elementary. Since that time, John has had the opportunity to serve as a K-5 Math Coach, Dean of Students,  Director of Assessments and Curriculum, and Elementary Principal. He has actively participated on a variety of school and district leadership committees, including District and School Improvement Committees, the Technology Advisory  Committee, and most recently the Harlem Children Zone Parent and Community team. While he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles within our district, he has never forgotten why he initially decided to be an educator – to help    children succeed in life and reach their full potential. John is excited for the opportunity to serve as the Director of Professional Learning and for the chance to work with, and support, educators across the district.  


    Jennifer Garza

    Director of Birth to Pre-K

    Jennifer Garza  Jennifer Garza recently took on the role of Director of Birth to 5 Pre-K programs.  Jennifer is a life time resident of Othello.  After high school, Mrs. Garza continued her education at  Washington State University and earned her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. Mrs. Garza then returned to Othello and began teaching kindergarten and 2nd grade at Scootney  Springs Elementary for 10 years. While teaching 2nd grade Jennifer earned her master's degree from Walden University in Elementary Mathematics and Reading and her degree in  administration from Washington State University – Tri-Cities.
     After completing the WSU administration program, Mrs. Garza spent one year as the Dean of Students at Scootney Springs Elementary and Program Supervisor for the Othello School  District. Mrs. Garza then spent two years working at the Othello School District office as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment. In 2013, Mrs. Garza returned to Scootney Springs  Elementary as the building principal.
     As the building principal, Mrs. Garza enjoyed working with students, parents, teachers, staff support, and the community to help students reach their fullest potential. She implemented  changes in the reading and math programs to ensure all students had access to grade level materials and close the achievement gap.  Mrs. Garza believes our students are our future and it  takes each of us to educate the whole child and make a real difference.  She now looks forward to working with families and young children to prepare 100% of our students for  kindergarten.


    Amy Parris

    Director of School to Career

    Amy Parris  Amy is in her 25th year in education and has served as a CTE Family and Consumer Science teacher, Career Center Coordinator and middle/high school counselor.  She has been in the Othello School District since 2000 when she moved here with  her husband, Steve, and their three daughters.  Amy’s undergraduate education was done at Washington State University, her master’s degree in counseling psychology was obtained through Heritage University and she is currently pursuing a  CTE Director program through Central Washington University.  She is excited to take her experience working with staff, students and families to a new level by advancing Career Pathways and postsecondary opportunities for our students in  Othello.  Using avenues such as Career and Technical Education, AVID, Global Competencies and Dual-Credit opportunities, her goal is that every student graduates from Othello High School    prepared and competitive in their post-high school  endeavors. Amy will be instrumental in moving us toward our vision of Global Competency/Proficiency for all students.


    Paul Oursland

    K-8 STEM Director

    Paul OurslandPaul joined the Othello School District in 2015 as a science teacher at Othello High School. His wife, Tiffany, joined him shortly after in 2017 as a family consumer science teacher. Prior to coming to Othello, he taught mathematics in the Quillayute Valley School District. Paul earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Science Education from Central Washington University, where he was a National Science Foundation NOYCE scholar and was awarded the College of the Sciences award for Student Achievement. He subsequently earned a Masters in Science Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University - Portland. Paul has a passion for teaching Science and Mathematics and creating authentic hands-on learning experiences for students that also integrate aspects of engineering, technology, and art. He defines himself as a lifelong learner, educator, and advocate for students. Paul is looking forward to serving as the Director of STEAM to ensure all students in the Othello School District receive an engaging 21st century STEAM education. 


    David Spencer

    K-8 Director of ELA/SS

    David Spencer David has served as an educator and administrator for over 12 years, 10 of which have been in the Othello School District.  David earned his Bachelors in Social Studies Education and teaching certificate from Washington State University and a  Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University.  He then went on to earn his administrative credentials from Western Governors University.  
    David has worked with a diverse group of students during his career serving students from the homeschool and alternative realm to advanced placement in a traditional high school.  Through all of his time in education David has placed students  first and dedicated himself to being an advocate for all students.
    David has spent most of his career working with secondary students, yet he is excited for new challenges and the ability expand his learning by focusing on foundational reading as well as Language Arts and Social Studies during the early and  middle grades.  His passion, drive, and desire to serve others will make him a valuable asset to the team.


    Heidi Wagner

    Director of Special Education

    Heidi Wagner Director of Special Education Heidi has been teaching Special Education for 22 years. She moved to Othello with her husband, Dale Wagner in 1998 with their four wonderful children. Her undergraduate degree in special education was completed  at Ricks College and Central Washington University followed by her Masters degree in general education from Grand Canyon University.  She has been working for the Othello School District for 19 years, teaching birth  to five special education preschool.  Heidi has served the district diligently as an instructional SIOP coach, Early Childhood Coordinator, Get Ready! for kinder instructor, Birth to Three program coordinator, ECEAP  program supervisor, has bridged gaps between Othello's local preschools, and countless other capacities as needed.
    Heidi is excited for the future of Special Education in Othello; her many years of experience educating families, students, teachers and team members have prepared her to lead the Special Education department. She  looks forward to working with the OUTSTANDING staff, strengthen team bonds and support the students throughout their educational careers.