Superintendent’s Office

Contact the Superintendent’s Office at

471 NE Ochoco Plaza Dr
Prineville, OR 97754
(541) 447-5664

Sara Johnson




Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson is a rural girl at heart. She grew up in Burns, Oregon, with five brothers and developed a quick wit (a necessity as the only sister in the house!) and a tenacity for always doing things better. Dr. Johnson started
her career in public education as a 1st-grade
teacher in Burns before moving into administrative roles. Her career has taken her to Lincoln County, McMinnville, Klamath Falls, and Sumner, Washington –  a suburb of Tacoma – where she served as Superintendent. This is Dr. Johnson’s
third year as Superintendent for the Crook County School District, and she’s proud to call Prineville home. When the pandemic closed schools in
March of 2020, Dr. Johnson’s top priorities were customer service and communication. And those are values she continues to lead by today:
“We are here to serve students and their families,
so I believe it’s our duty to have a can-do attitude, and I believe we have the right team in place to be the best school district in the region and the state.”


Joel Hoff
Dr. Joel Hoff, Assistant Superintendent


Dr. Joel Hoff has been the district’s Assistant Superintendent since 2019. One of his top priorities is to ensure that each student receives
a high-quality academic education as well as a
well-rounded and rewarding school experience.
In addition, Joel works with the school board,
district administrative team, principals, teachers, support staff and families to continuously improve our schools’ level of service. Before his current role, Joel has served as a high school administrator, middle school teacher, coach, and athletic director. He has lived in Prineville with his wife and three school-aged children since 2013.


Heather Hixson
(541) 416-9963


Heather grew up in Cottage Grove, Oregon,
attending schools in both Cottage Grove and
Eugene.  After marrying, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Oregon.  Heather and her husband lived in Lebanon, OR
when first marrying, where she worked as a
paralegal for the Linn County DA’s Office.  After adopting their son from South Korea in 2005, the family moved to Vancouver, WA, where Heather worked for many years in different retail management positions at IKEA Portland. Her family then moved to Twin Cities, MN for four years, where she worked for the University of Minnesota’s Law School in Finance and Payroll.  After deciding they missed the PNW too much, Heather’s husband became the District Engineer for the Prineville District’s Bureau of Land Management, bringing them to Prineville.  Heather has a son in CCHS as a sophomore and her parents also moved to Prineville to be closer to them.  She worked for a company in Bend that manages HOA Board of Directors, so she brings a diverse background to a ever-changing position as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board for Crook County School District.

Welcome to the Crook County School District 2020-21 School Year!


We have many people to acknowledge and thank for their work this summer:

  • Our maintenance and grounds crews have worked hard all summer – coordinating the installation of air conditioning in the two CCHS gym and updating the kitchen – and they continue to tackle projects at our facilities.
  • Teachers and educational assistants educated select students across the district this summer.
  • Food Service fed hundreds of children throughout the community.
  • Principals and Human Resources have searched and hired 32 amazing new members for the team.
  • Technology Dept. has done another outstanding summer update of all district technology needs and services. The District could not continue to function without our well-trained Technology staff.
  • Transportation has ensured our buses are ready to roll.
  • District office staff have labored all summer to ensure the logistical pieces are in place. We hope families are rested and refreshed after the nice summer break and are ready to get back into the school routine. I count it a privilege to be a public educator and to serve with you to ensure we lift the children of Crook County to great heights of success.

The district has some important goals for the coming school year:

  • We will continue to pick up momentum on our Career and Technical Education initiative. We are offering more classes, coordinating internships, hiring a CTE strategic planner, and putting some leadership pieces in place.
  • We will further implement the Character Strong traits and continue to build a culture and a climate where students enjoy coming to school and feel connected, safe and happy.
  • Our new Wellness Committee will offer several resources throughout the year, covering physical, mental, nutrition, and health screenings for all CCSD staff.
  • The district is adding new communication channels and updating our communication, and we now have someone devoted to leading our communications.
  • With guidance from our new Nutrition Supervisor, we are promoting our food program.
  • CCSD is developing a new online academy to offer our students another learning option.
  • Students will take the YouthTruth survey, which will allow us to hear their voices.
  • We will survey parents to get their input on district performance.
  • We want to continue to connect with our students and ensure that each student is known by face and by name.

During the upcoming school year, we will continue to focus on our five Big Priorities:

  1. Show up – Enrollment and attendance
  2. Faces – Every data point is a student with a name and face
  3. Secure and Healthy Learners – Wellness, mental health, school level support
  4. Outstanding Learning for All – Powerful, focused initiative implementation for high impact
  5. Voices – What can we learn from students to make our schools great?

I am honored to serve as superintendent of Crook County School District. With a commitment from our families, we can work together to provide excellent experiences for students at all levels.

Dr. Sara E. Johnson, Superintendent
Crook County School District