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Nominations are Open!

Nominate an outstanding Education Support Professional for the honor of 2022 ESP of the Year!

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Congratulations, Ethelyn Tumalad 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Ethelyn Tumalad from Clackamas High School!

Our 2022 Regional Winners

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, presents 2022's Regional Teachers of the Year! Each receive a $500 award. The top three finalists will also receive $2,000!

Jim Donnelly

Jim Donnelly

  • School: Hood River Valley High School
  • Teaches: English Language Arts
  • Grade Level: 9

“My best lessons have always come about unexpectedly and resulted in me learning just as much as my students.”
Wes Crawford

Wes Crawford

  • School: Sutherlin High School
  • Teaches: Agricultural Science
  • Grade Level: 9-12

“As a teacher who has students go down every possible career path, it is on me to make clear that every purposeful path is valued and important.”
Carrie Sullivan

Carrie Sullivan

  • School: Dayville School
  • Teaches: All Subjects
  • Grade Level: 3-5

“In celebrating our differences while recognizing our similar challenges, we can use this unprecedented time to improve the future of our nation through innovative education.”
Carolyn Whitney

Carolyn Whitney

  • School: Frenchglen Elementary School
  • Teaches: All Subjects
  • Grade Level: Grades K-8

“Teachers should find joy in the acquisition of knowledge that adds to their toolbox, or rearranges the tools they have that were just lost at the bottom of the box.”
Steve Wetherald

Steve Wetherald

  • School: Bend Senior High School
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Grade Level: 9-12

“Relationships are at the center of everything I do, and they ignite the spirit of learning with my students.”
Jandy Eskew

Jandy Eskew

  • School: South Baker Intermediate School
  • Teaches: All Subjects
  • Grade Level: 5

“Schools cannot be a place to judge effort. We must foster acceptance that each life experience gives the opportunity to facilitate growth and show grace to others.”
Jill Plant

Jill Plant

  • School: Warm Springs K-8 Academy
  • Teaches: Music
  • Grade Level: Grades K-8

“As students discover their musical strengths, a safe space provides trust to take risks, try new things musically, and make mistakes to learn and grow.”
Ricci Huling

Ricci Huling

  • School: Agnes Stewart Middle School
  • Teaches: Math/Related Arts
  • Grade Level: 6-8

“Every child in our country deserves the opportunity to experience an education that engages their mind and sparks their curiosity.”
Rachelle Bell

Rachelle Bell

  • School: Takena-Central Elementary School
  • Teaches: All Subjects
  • Grade Level: 3

“As a teacher, I am but one piece in an ever-changing puzzle unlocking fulfillment and success for a child.”
Whitney Barnes

Whitney Barnes

  • School: Vale Elementary School
  • Teaches: Early Education
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten

“Because of my confidence in the principles of love, acceptance and guidance, my classroom operates on laughter, human connections and happiness.”
Kerryn Henderson

Kerryn Henderson

  • School: Parkrose High School
  • Teaches: Biology
  • Grade Level: 9-12

“As a STEM teacher, I provide real-world learning opportunities as students are engaged when the curriculum is relevant and connected to their community.”
Lori Therrien

Lori Therrien

  • School: Oak Hills Elementary School
  • Teaches: Special Education
  • Grade Level: 3-5

“Through my use of an integrated curriculum focusing on student interests, strengths and passions, my students are succeeding and have dreams I know they will achieve.”
Jennifer Hampel

Jennifer Hampel

  • School: North Bend High School
  • Teaches: Science
  • Grade Level: 10-12

“I am a great teacher not just because I know my content, but because I love all of my students and I let them know that.”
Lois MacMillan

Lois MacMillan

  • School: Grants Pass High School
  • Teaches: Social Studies
  • Grade Level: 9-12

“The classroom is a glorious and hallowed space where learning takes place that may be planned, but often, if not always, goes far beyond the intended.”
Ronda Johnson

Ronda Johnson

  • School: Nellie Muir Elementary School
  • Teaches: All Subjects
  • Grade Level: 1

“If we as educators live each day with the courage and determination we showed during the pandemic, there is no stopping us!”

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 2022, 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

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Nominate a Teacher

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

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Teacher Applications

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

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Regional Winner Selected

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

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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.

Deadline to Nominate is

January 31, 2022

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Deadline to Nominate is

January 31, 2022

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Oregon Lottery Participation

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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, 53% 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.

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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!

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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.