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Nominate the 2021 Teacher of the Year

Nominate the 2021 Teacher of the Year

Nominate an outstanding teacher today for 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year! Regional winners will receive a $500 award in May 2020 and move a step closer to being named 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year!

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Congratulations, Keri Pilgrim Ricker 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year

With a background in biology, ecology, and animal science, educator Keri Pilgrim Ricker guides her students through customized curriculum rooted in inquiry, diversity, and real-world application.

Our 2020 Regional Winners

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, presents 2020's Regional Teachers of the Year! Winners received a $500 award. The top three finalists also received $2,000!

Alissa Tran

Alissa Tran

  • School: Molalla High School
  • Teaches: Art
  • Grade Level: High School

“If I’m going to claim that every bit of seat time counts, I better make sure that my classroom feels humanizing, relevant, rigorous, engaging, valuable and empowering.”
Dave Case

Dave Case

  • School: Hood River Valley High School
  • Teaches: Social Studies
  • Grade Level: High School

“Students need to feel safe to strive. We must provide an environment in which students can challenge themselves with rigorous coursework without fear.”
Janel Sorenson

Janel Sorenson

  • School: Sutherlin Middle School
  • Teaches: Science, Coding, Robotics
  • Grade Level: 7

“We are a profession of optimists. Our best selves think the future is worth our time and energy, which is powerful.”
Katelyn Dover

Katelyn Dover

  • School: John Tuck Elementary
  • Teaches: Elementary Education
  • Grade Level: 1

“I believe with every ounce of my being that relationships are the most important tool in a classroom and the best way to increase student outcomes.”
TJ Presley

TJ Presley

  • School: Pilot Rock High School
  • Teaches: Math
  • Grade Level: Junior High

“Think back to the reasons you chose education as a career path, and bring the same energy as you did the first day of school. ”
Manda Currier

Manda Currier

  • School: Buff Elementary
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Grade Level: K-5

“We need passionate, introspective and collaborative colleagues and lawmakers to help ensure that the desired success of our students comes to fruition.”
Renee Klein

Renee Klein

  • School: Marcola School District
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Grade Level: 6-12

“It is our job, as teachers, as administrators, as human beings to find the inherent value in each and every one of our students, and help them grow.”
Joshua Dunnell

Joshua Dunnell

  • School: Farm Home School
  • Teaches: Math
  • Grade Level: Secondary

“Failure can be a new beginning, because tomorrow is always an opportunity to change the world through relationships. This is why I teach.”
Mercedes Muñoz

Mercedes Muñoz

  • School: Franklin High School
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Grade Level: 11-12

“While being an educator can be daunting, tiresome, and even frustrating--the great moments are what we live, breathe, and die for.”
Jon Fresh

Jon Fresh

  • School: Westview High School
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Grade Level: K-12

“Building the bridge between students and learning happens when we acknowledge their past and invite the entire school community to be part of their fight for success.”
Susie Chaney

Susie Chaney

  • School: Reedsport Community Charter School
  • Teaches: Math
  • Grade Level: 7-12

“I have been made a better person, more patient, caring, and concerned because of my students’ strength in adversity, perseverance in dire circumstances, and true grit.”
Tia McLean

Tia McLean

  • School: Helman Elementary School
  • Teaches: Elementary Education
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten

“Teaching is the most beautiful and blessed profession. It has and always will be the true testament of the human spirit.”
Charles Sanderson

Charles Sanderson

  • School: Woodburn Wellness, Business and Sports School
  • Teaches: Language Arts
  • Grade Level: High School

“Each student brings potential and possibility, and it’s up to us to keep pushing and digging and discovering new ways of ensuring that all of that potential blossoms, grows and thrives. ”

About Teacher of the Year

The Teacher of the Year program was created to recognize exemplary public school educators — Oregon teachers who inspire students and make a positive impact in the communities in which they live. The award celebrates knowledge, dedication, innovation and leadership. For 2020, exceptional teachers will be honored in up to 19 regions across the state, with Oregon’s Teacher of the Year selected from among our regional finalists.

How Nominations Work

1

Nominate a Teacher

Know a great teacher? Fill out the nomination form and tell us what makes them exceptional!

2

Teacher Applications

We notify qualifying nominees and invite them to apply for Teacher of the Year.

3

Regional Winner Selected

Each of Oregon’s 19 Education Service Districts review applications from their area and choose a winner for their region.

4

Statewide Winner Selected

Regional applications will be reviewed by a diverse panel of education advocates and finalists will be interviewed by department staff and recommended to the director for selection.

Nominate an outstanding educator for 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year!

Nominate an outstanding educator for 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year!

Oregon Lottery Participation

The Oregon Lottery is the proud presenter of Oregon’s Teacher of the Year as well as a valued partner of the Oregon Department of Education. Currently, 57% of Oregon Lottery profits go to Oregon’s Pre-K-Higher Education public schools to help pay teachers’ salaries, build and repair schools, purchase much needed textbooks, computers, equipment and support other essential services. From pre-kindergarten to state universities, from textbooks to teachers’ salaries, Lottery funds help support classrooms and the future stewards of Oregon.

Together, we learn good things

This biennium Oregon Lottery has contributed $535.7 million towards K-12 education. That's about $460 per student each year!

A Slew of Scholarships

In 2018, Oregon Lottery contributed $30 million to the Oregon Opportunity Grant which awards college scholarships to students across our state.