The only Hall of Fame category open to individuals who did not graduate from Salem or North Salem High Schools is Service. Jon Yoder began his career at North in 1984, teaching science for 23 years and coaching the boys’ soccer team for 10 years, before moving on to become the Salem-Keizer School District’s science coordinator. Transforming the culture in the Science curriculum at North, Jon started a coed science club known as the “Science Dudes,” making science a cool thing for students. Among his many honors, Jon was the recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship. Jon’s efforts led to the transformation of the Mill Creek near Olinger Pool, complete with clearing out the invasive foliage and adding the signage and observation decks. His efforts resulted in the construction of the Straub Environmental Learning Center next to Olinger Pool, the district’s first LEED certified building. Jon Yoder has served as a model of the environmentally involved citizen that his students strive to emulate.
Jon was nominated by his friend and colleague Rich Swartzentruber.