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Human Resources

Welcome to Human Resources

Our mission is to serve Hillsboro staff, students, and community. Here you will find resources that help guide and support staff towards positive growth and development in the educational setting. The Human Resources Department is committed to developing and supporting a highly qualified workforce, dedicated to ensuring academic success for all Hillsboro students. By focusing on recruitment, hiring, retention, employee excellence, and quality customer service, our Human Resources Department supports staff in providing valued service to our students and community. Please visit our links to learn more.

Vision: Committed to developing and supporting a highly qualified workforce dedicated to ensuring academic success for all students.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in special education, Debbie Ashley, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, began her teaching career as a middle school special education teacher in Plano, Texas. She later moved to Wisconsin, where she designed and implemented a special education program for primary students with behavior disorders at a K-12 school located on a Chippewa Reservation.  Debbie later re-located to Eugene, Oregon, where she obtained her Master’s degree in special education and completed her administrative licensure program. After finishing her program, she taught elementary special education in Cottage Grove for several years, and then was hired into the position of Special Programs Director, where she was instrumental in designing and implementing inclusionary system services to student with disabilities. She served in that position for six years, and then was hired into a position as an elementary principal. In 2000, Debbie was hired by the Eugene School District as elementary principal of co-located schools, one of which was a Spanish Immersion School and the other, a Title I school.

After three years in the principal position, Debbie was hired to serve as a human resources administrator with the district. Debbie moved to Hillsboro, Oregon, in 2006, when she accepted the position of Director of Classified Personnel for the district. Debbie was promoted to her current position as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in November, 2012.

After graduating from City University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, Director Saideh Haghighi traveled to Ecuador, South America, as part of an archeological team to excavate ruins dating back to the Valdivia culture. Once obtaining her master’s degree in ESOL & bilingual education, her educational career began by teaching fifth grade in a bilingual school.  She later became the K-12 English as a Foreign Language Director at an all-boys elementary school in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After living abroad for 10 years, in 2001, Saideh’s travels brought her to the Hillsboro School District where she has served as a bilingual assistant, ESL teacher and ESL coordinator and case manager at the high school level. 

Prior to her current role, Saideh took the position of Teacher on Special Assignment and later Director for the Office of Hispanic Outreach.  Saideh is bilingual in English and Spanish and is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership for social justice.  


Director Lauri Lewis has been an educator in Hillsboro School District since 1990.  She began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher. Lauri’s administrative positions include middle school assistant principal and middle school principal at Evergreen Middle School, and elementary principal at Patterson Elementary School. 

Currently serving as Director of Human Resources provides her the opportunity to draw on her educational experience and use it in the process of recruiting, hiring and supporting Hillsboro School District licensed staff.

Debbie Ashley

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
| 503-844-1506

Lauri Lewis

Director, Human Resources
Email  | 503-844-1505

Saideh Haghighi
Director, Equity and Human Resources
Email  |  503-844-1486

Cindy Beaver
Applications Secretary
Email | 503-844-1507

Kelsey Culligan HR Specialist, Assistant to Lauri Lewis and Debbie Ashley

Email | 503-844-1504

Kristina Gantt
Director's Secretary
Assistant to Lauri Lewis
Email | 503-844-1505

Tammy Heckenliable
HR Specialist
Assistant to Debbie Ashley
Email | 503-844-1506

Carol Helfer
Executive Director's Secretary, Assistant to Saideh Haghighi
Email | 503-844-1510

Lindi McGee
HR Assistant 2
Email | 503-844-1788

Patricia Ramirez
Department Secretary to Saideh Haghighi
Email | 503-844-1508

Garda Rivera
Administration Center Receptionist
Email | 503-844-1500

Maria Russell
Applications Secretary
Email | 503-844-1508

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