Jeff Dillon was raised in Wilder, Idaho on a small farm. Attended Holmes Elementary for kindergarten through sixth grade then transferred to Greenleaf Friends Academy and graduated in 1984. He then went to Washington where he earned his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. He has served many communities as a Pastor and Youth Pastor for 17 years. He returned to school and in 2001 he received his Masters degree in Teaching from Heritage University and taught Middle School Science and Reading in a Title 1 District.
In 2007 he returned to his hometown as Elementary Principal and Title 1 Director for the Wilder School District. During his tenure as Elementary Principal, he has successfully turned around a targeted failing rural,100% Free and Reduced Lunch, School-Wide Title 1 School. Taking the Proficiency scores on the Idaho Student Achievement Test up 30% in Reading, Mathematics and Language Usage in three years. His school was the recipient of the National Title 1 Association Distinguished School award in 2012, and the International Reading Associations’ Exemplary Reading Program in 2011. As a result of his successful leadership as the Elementary Principal, Jeff was hired to lead the Wilder School District as the District’s Superintendent of Schools in December of 2012 and as well remain as the K-5 Principal. His leadership is one of passion and focus, for the success of every student and staff.
In addition to his leadership within the district, Jeff is a Regional Director of the Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals;Idaho Association of School Administrators Legislative Committee member; Co-owner of a consulting company Rural American Resources for Education; Advisory Board member for a successful online education company, Learning A-Z; and is a National education leadership speaker.
I’m Tim Jensen, new Principal of Wilder Middle/High School. I’m excited to be in Wilder and look forward to working with the students, parents, and community members. Our goal at WMHS is to ensure our students are prepared to be successful in their college and career choices after they graduate from high school. The education in our building is student-centered with an expectation that students will take ownership of the opportunities available to them in the classroom. We also offer a variety of extracurricular activities that enhance the experience at WMHS.
I encourage parents to take an active, positive role in their child’s education. We invite you to visit the school and see the good things going on in our building. If you have questions or concerns I encourage you to communicate with teachers or myself so we can assist you. Your support is a key component to the success of our school.
A little about myself. I spent 18 years in the Nampa School District working my way up from a substitute teacher to becoming an administrator. I graduated from Nampa High School, did my undergraduate studies at BSU (GO BRONCOS) and later received my Masters from U of I. I am married with 4 sons and enjoy archery hunting, golf, camping, fishing, or just hanging out with the family. I have lived my entire life in the Treasure Valley and can’t see myself living anywhere else.