Art Houghtaling: Principal
I have 25 years of experience in the education field. I started in Southern California at Hawthorne High School and was there for nine years as a social studies teacher. I moved to Oregon in August of 2006 and worked at Falls City School District for 16 years in many different capacities. My first five years I was a high school social studies teacher and then was the K-12 assistant principal for four years. For my last seven years I was the K-8 Principal at Falls City Elementary School and for five years I was the K-8 Principal and Superintendent.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Loyola Marymount University, and Master of Science in Educational Leadership Policy from Portland State University.
I am married to Amy, and have three children, Amara, Amber and Kobe. I have been married for twenty-four years and live in Falls City. I enjoy camping, hanging out with friends and I am an avid Star Wars fan. I believe that all children can and will succeed and extremely excited about the opportunity to work at French Prairie Middle School.
Jeff Smith: Assistant Principal
Mr. Smith is an Oregon Native and grew up near Woodburn. He is an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys wakeboarding, paddle boarding, and surfing. Each summer he does a week long backpacking trip to climb mountains or see the wonderful Pacific Northwest beauty. Mr. Smith has been in education as a math and CTE teacher at the middle school and high school levels. Prior to education, Mr. Smith was an Airborne Infantrymen in the US Army and a child crimes investigator.