Meet the Principals

Gloria Widener

Gloria Widener began her journey in education in 1995. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies and minored in Education and English from Eastern Oregon University. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Education from Eastern Oregon University in 2007. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades and served as an Instructional Coach in the Yakima School District for three years. In 2012, she received her administrative credential from Lewis and Clark College. Gloria joined the Harrah team as the assistant principal in 2018.

Gloria has been married to her husband, Art, for 40 years and has 2 sons and 4 granddaughters. 

In her free time, Gloria enjoys knitting, gardening, crafting and camping.

Matt Manni


Matthew Manni earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University in 2010. He went on to study at Heritage University, receiving a Masters in Teaching degree with specialties in Elementary Education and English Language Learning. Matt had the pleasure of teaching STEM to young scholars 6th through 12th grade, as well as future educators at Heritage University. Last year Matthew completed his Principal Certification through Gonzaga University. He is excited to begin his administration career as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of Mount Adams Middle School this year!

Family is most important for Matt. He has been married to Lauren Brie for 10 years, and they have three beautiful daughters: Gianna Lucía (6), Isabella Rosalinda (4), and Sofía Faustina (1). 

Matt enjoys cooking, baking, hosting family gatherings, board games, books and basketball.

Hernandez

Mr. Hernandez grew up in Harrah, WA, went to Harrah Elementary School, graduated from White Swan High School in 2009 and went to Washington State University in the Fall of 2009. Mr. Hernandez graduated from WSU in the Spring of 2013 with a Psychology Degree and a second major in Criminal Justice. Mr. Hernandez has been in the district his whole life, but professionally has been at the Mt. Adams SD since 2014! Mr. Hernandez has 2 children who he adores very much and his wife who he has been together with since High School. Thessaly is 8 years old, she is a going into the 3rd grade and is enjoying school to the fullest! Ronan is 5 years old and is about to enter Pre-School, he’s excited! They are very energetic and keep everyone on their toes!

We love to fish, BBQ, and travel! Mr. Hernandez loves the Mt. Adams School District, the community, staff, and the students, he’s excited about working with everyone as the Assistant Principal at the Harrah School and continue to positively impact and improve our systems! If you need anything, please contact Mr. Hernandez at chernandez@masd209.org