Congratulations

2016 teacher of the year

Heather Anderson

In a surprise assembly, Heather Anderson, a fourth grade teacher from Juniper Elementary in the Bend-La Pine School District, was named Oregon’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Oregon Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor was joined by Bend-La Pine Superintendent Shay Mikalson in honoring Heather for her leadership, high expectations, and commitment to Oregon’s students.

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Thank you for nominating a teacher for 2017 Oregon Teacher of the Year! Following the nomination deadline on May 13, we will be sending your nominee an application packet. Applications will be reviewed over the summer months and the 2017 winner will be announced in the fall. If you have any questions regarding your nomination or the Oregon Teacher of the Year Program, please contact Jenni Knaus.

Previous Winners

  • 2016 - Heather Anderson,
    Juniper Elementary, Bend, OR
  • 2015 - Michael Lindblad,
    Gresham High School, Gresham, OR
  • 2014 - Brett Bigham,
    Multnomah Education Service District
  • 2013 - Nanette Lehman,
    Haines Elementary in the Baker School District
  • 2012 - Elena Garcia-Velasco,
    SEIS@Roosevelt Campus, Portland, OR
  • 2011 - Colleen Works,
    Corvallis High School, Corvallis, OR
  • 2010 - Donna DuBois,
    Camas Ridge Community School, Eugene, OR
  • 2009 - Michael Lampert,
    West Salem High School, Salem, OR
  • 2008 - Mike Geisen,
    Crook County Middle School, Prineville, OR
  • 2007 - Jackie Cooke,
    West Gresham Grade School, Gresham, OR
  • 2006 - Allan Bruner,
    Colton High School, Colton, OR
  • 2005 - Steven Wyborney,
    Nyssa Elementary School, Nyssa, OR
  • 2004 - Catherine H. Thurber-Brown,
    Tigard High School, Tigard, OR
  • 2003 - Carrie Carpenter,
    Hugh Hartman Middle School, Redmond, OR
  • 2002 - Deborah Jean White,
    Lyle Elementary School, Dallas, OR
  • 2001 - Norma Barber,
    Ukiah School District 80R, Ukiah, OR
  • 2000 - Xochtil Fuhriman-Ebert,
    Ontario Middle School, Ontario, OR
  • 1999 - Dave Bertholf,
    Clear Lake Elementary School, Keizer, OR
  • 1998 - Nicki Gayle Hudson,
    West Linn High School, West Linn, OR
  • 1997 - C. Ford Morishita,
    Clackamas High School, Milwaukie, OR
  • 1996 - Raymond Hasart,
    Redmond High School, Redmond, OR
  • 1995 - Barbara L. Murray,
    West Linn High School, West Linn, OR
  • 1994 - Joanne E. Johnson,
    Goshen Elementary School, Eugene, OR
  • 1993 - Sally Leahy,
    Glendale High School, Glendale, OR
  • 1992 - Daniel Tilson,
    Eastwood Elementary School, Roseburg, OR
  • 1991 - Bonnie Elliott,
    Bend Senior High School, Bend, OR
  • 1990 - Stuart Perlmeter,
    Springfield Middle School, Springfield, OR
  • 1989 - Edward Lee McKinney,
    Obsidian Junior High School, Redmond, OR
  • 1988 - Vincent A. Wixon,
    Crater High School, Central Point, OR
  • 1987 - Dorothy Sawyer,
    Gladstone High School, Gladstone, OR
  • 1986 - James R. Erickson,
    Redmond Senior High, Redmond, OR
  • 1985 - Rick Wetherell,
    North Bend High School, North Bend, OR
  • 1984 - Evelyn Mae Andrews,
    Tualatin Elementary School, Tualatin, OR
  • 1983 - Jean Hoem,
    Oregon School for the Blind, Salem, OR
  • 1982 - Lynda Hatch,
    Pilot Butte Junior High School, Bend, OR
  • 1981 - Bonnie Morgan,
    Sam Barlow High School, Gresham, OR
  • 1980 - Marlene Tymchuk,
    Reedsport High School, Reedsport, OR
  • 1979 - Chester K. Bowser,
    Crater High School, Central Point, OR
  • 1978 - Joy Jeannine Linder,
    Tualatin School, Tualatin, OR
  • 1977 - Douglas D. Anderson,
    McMinnville High School, McMinnville, OR
  • 1976 - Nola W. Coval,
    Brown Junior High School, Hillsboro, OR
  • 1975 - Joyce J. Osternig,
    Winston Churchill High School, Eugene, OR
  • 1974 - Mike Ford,
    Waluga Junior High School, Lake Oswego, OR
  • 1973 - John Arthur Ensworth – National Teacher of the Year,
    Kenwood Elementary School Bend, OR
  • 1972 - Verne Martin,
    Twality Junior High School, Tigard, OR
  • 1971 - John A. Duncan,
    Blossom Gulch Elementary and Marshfield Junior High Schools, Coos Bay, OR
  • 1970 - Carlton Bryson,
    Benson High School, Portland, OR
  • 1969 - Arlene Nelson,
    Lake Oswego Junior High School, Lake Oswego, OR
  • 1968 - James Grossnicklaus,
    no school listed
  • 1967 - Gene Doty, National Teacher of the Year Finalist,
    Hillsboro Union High School, Hillsboro, OR
  • 1966 - Norman Anderson,
    Tillamook High School, Tillamook, OR
  • 1965 - John McManus, National Teacher of the Year Finalist,
    McMinnville Junior & Senior High School, McMinnville, OR
  • 1964 - Marie Prescott,
    Ashland Elementary, Ashland, OR
  • 1963 - Gladys B. Belden, National Teacher of the Year Finalist,
    Albany Union High School, Albany, OR
  • 1962 - Lorraine Sabo, National Teacher of the Year Finalist,
    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Portland, OR
  • 1959 - Mary Hawkes, National Teacher of the Year Finalist,
    Hood River High School, Hood River, OR
  • 1955 - Margaret Perry, National Teacher of the Year,
    Monmouth Elementary School, Monmouth, OR

Oregon Teacher of the Year Program

Every year, each of the 50 states names a teacher of the year. The Oregon Teacher of the Year Program started in 1955 when elementary school teacher Margaret (Perry) Teufel of Monmouth Elementary School won the honor. Candidates for Oregon Teacher of the Year should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled educators in grades preK-12 (administrative responsibilities should be of secondary consideration). The candidate should be planning to continue in an active teaching status.

In addition, candidates for Oregon Teacher of the Year should:

  • inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
  • have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues
  • play an active role in the community as well as in school
  • be a poised and articulate representative of all Oregon classroom teachers

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

The Oregon Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors teacher excellence, with the Teacher of the Year serving as the face and voice of exemplary educators across the state. As a representative of the profession, this teacher leader is asked to engage and inspire other teachers and community leaders. Among other activities of their choice, they present at workshops; speak at education conferences and meetings; address student, civic, higher education, and governmental groups; participate in professional development at local, state, and national levels;  and operate special programs in accordance with their interests and expertise. Publicly recognizing outstanding teachers encourages students to think about teaching as a career, and provides the community a sense of pride and investment in their teachers who are making a positive impact on student’s lives every day.

REWARDS

Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Teacher of the Year receives a gift award of $5,000 as well as a special fund to cover all travel costs for the year. In addition, a matching monetary gift ($5,000) goes to the Teacher of the Year’s school. The winner also receives a technology package award from SMART Technologies as well as other gifts and recognition from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), founder of the National Teacher of the Year Program. Finally, the first and second runners up receive a $2,000 cash award as a part of the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery.