Superintendent Robert Waltenburg of the Grant County Educational Service District announced that nominations are open statewide through Thursday, Jan. 31, for Oregon’s Regional Teacher of the Year program.
Anyone can nominate their favorite teacher and find more information about the program at oregonteacheroftheyear.org.
Oregon started the Teacher of the Year Program in 1955, and expanded it in 2018-19 to celebrate exemplary educators in every region of the state.
From the pool of regional winners, one is chosen as the state’s Teacher of the Year.
For 2018-19, Monument School teacher Michele Engle was announced as one of 13 regional honorees in May, and out of those winners Keri Pilgram Ricker of Churchill High School was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year.
Waltenburg said Engle was deserving of the regional recognition, and encouraged people to nominate their favorite teachers for 2019-20.
“I know that we have some other educators out there who are just as outstanding as Michele,” he said.
Regional Teachers of the Year receive a cash prize of $500. The 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.
The monetary gifts come from the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery.
Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2019.