■ Hemet Unified School District / Contributed
Hemet Unified School District has announced longtime education professional Darel Hansen has been appointed the new assistant superintendent of Human Resources.
Hansen comes from Riverside Unified School District where he served as the district’s director of certificated personnel. Hansen has a long and proud career working in education, the majority of which was working within the Riverside area.
Growing up, Hansen’s dream was to play professional baseball, and his plans did not include working in education. He realized his sports ambition and pitched for the Oakland A’s for five years. When his baseball career came to a close, he thought about coaching baseball at the high school level.
“I walked into the school system taking any position, so that I could work on a campus and coach,” said Hansen. He began his career as a classified employee working as a substitute grounds custodian and it was all up from there. He went back to school and received his teaching credential from National University and began teaching at La Sierra High School. Throughout his many positions, he learned that his passion was to create an environment where students could succeed.
When the opportunity presented itself for him to work at Hemet Unified, he decided to tour the city. He said he spent a day driving throughout the town, looking at the various schools and businesses. “The strong sense of community really intrigued me,” said Hansen.
Since applying for the position, a number of people who have a connection to Hemet approached him. The comments and stories he heard reaffirmed his desire to work for the district.
Hansen said he is excited to begin his journey at Hemet Unified. He is a strong believer in the value of collaboration and staff members working together towards the common goal of student achievement. He said his various positions as a classified and certificated employee will help him in his new position because he is able to understand the complexities of various positions.
HUSD congratulates Darel Hansen on his new position and all the district’s employees wish him well knowing that his leadership will continue to build upon the collaborative efforts among staff members.