Board Of Education

Teresa VanNatta (District 1)
Teresa VanNatta
Title: Director

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up here in Clark County and I met my husband Jim while attending Clark College. After marriage and starting our family, we moved to Hockinson and bought a little country store - Hockinson Market. It’s hard to believe that was 26 years ago! While our three children happily attended Hockinson Schools, I continued my education and earned a Masters in Teaching degree from WSU. Since then, I've been enjoying my career in education as well as working with my family restoring and maintaining Hockinson Market. I’m currently teaching 3rd grade at Sifton Elementary in the Evergreen School District. Our grown children, Trevor, Erica and Justin are all married with children of their own. My best times are those spent with my grandchildren and family. I also enjoy my pets, paddle boarding, gardening, traveling and book club. Living, growing and learning in Hockinson continues to be a wonderful experience for my family. I have much to be grateful for.


  1. What drives your passion for education and for serving on the HSD Board?

As a teacher, I know firsthand the skills our children need to address complex challenges in work and life. In Hockinson I believe we need to maintain our school programs, activities, facilities and staff. As a community we can provide our students with a high-quality education that imparts honesty about who we are, integrity in how we treat others, and courage to do what’s right. Our schools need to be welcoming places that support every student. Creating a supportive environment that values each student is a foundation that leads to academic success and graduation. I believe in a shared vision for Hockinson. Working together on these values benefits all members of our community.




  1. What contribution to HSD schools are you most proud of?

Our schools are the heart of our small town and it is rewarding to be connected and involved. When my children attended Hockinson Schools, there were numerous ways that I became personally involved in supporting our schools. I worked as a volunteer with Hockinson PWT and the Hockinson Nature Club. I was actively involved in the grassroots community led Hockinson High School Planning Committee by taking and posting meeting notes.  When my children became seniors, I worked on their graduation celebration committees.  I have chaperoned trips and helped with numerous school fundraising events. Over the years, I have enjoyed attending sporting events, and music and drama performances. It is an honor for me to serve on the Hockinson School Board. I'm looking forward to giving back to my community and seeing a bright future for all students in Hockinson.



     4. What about the Hockinson community inspires you?

I love that Hockinson Schools are the heart of our community. Infact, many families move here for the schools. I’m inspired by our community’s caring support for our students and staff as well as Fire District 3 and The Hockinson Main Street Team. It shows that the people of Hockinson are dedicated and involved in making our town a place we are proud to call home. Many people in Hockinson will build relationships and connections with each other because being an active member in this small town is a unique experience that we share.


“Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.”  Brian Solis