Mandy Vance teaches at Cedar Ridge Middle School in the Oregon Trail School District where her inclusive, engaging and transformative teaching builds long-lasting relationships with students and families.Read More
The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, presents 2023-24's Regional Teachers of the Year! Each will receive a $1,000 award.
“My goal as an educator is to create an environment where every student feels welcome exactly as they are, respected, challenged, and desires to grow both academically and personally.”
“Students in my classroom never say, ‘When will we need this?’ because they see how, why, and when they will need all that they are learning!”
“Differentiating and meeting each student where they’re at is my jam. I was a student who learned differently, so I am a big advocate for aligning myself as a teacher with each student's needs.”
“My biggest goal as a teacher is that all students leave my classroom with self-confidence, the feeling of success, and the motivation to continue to learn.”
“I believe when a hands-on approach is taken in the classroom, learning becomes intrinsic for all students, from all cultures, identities and abilities.”
“I am able to meet students where they are with their abilities and knowledge and create a path to success from the beginning of the project until completion.”
“I believe that my duty as an educator is to build up the confidence of my students so that they are able to take charge of their own learning.”
“I believe all students are capable of making progress, and I will help them… it is essential to cultivate a classroom culture of learning and growth for all students.”
“Learning about the differences and similarities of others plants the seed of how vital and beautiful diversity is, especially for our youngest learners.”
“I believe that relationships are the most important aspect of student success. Students that know you care about them and have high expectations for them will reach for the stars.”
“My goal is to make sure that students enter middle school already infused with a tremendous sense of self and community.”
“I love being able to bring fun, hands-on activities to the classroom so students from every background and ability can participate without barriers.””
“Self-advocacy skills are incredibly important for students who are Deaf or Hard-of-hearing, since without the appropriate accommodations, these students miss instruction and social opportunities.”
“Create, collaborate and imagine describes my method of how kids learn, how teachers should teach, and how relationships grow.”
“I believe that it is my job as a teacher to see the potential in every student and provide them with a pathway to be successful.”
“I believe that as teachers, musicians, and artists, it’s our job to fight for what’s right and to do what we can to end injustices of all types.”
“I am continually reflecting on my lessons, my interactions with students, and my teaching style to create a fun and memorable classroom…and to inspire students to conquer real-world issues.”
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. Exceptional teachers will be honored in up to 19 regions across the state, each awarded $1,000, with Oregon's Teacher of the Year selected from among the regional semi-finalists and awarded $10,000.
Know a great teacher? Fill out the nomination form and tell us what makes them exceptional!
We notify qualifying nominees and invite them to apply for Teacher of the Year.
Each of Oregon’s 19 Education Service Districts review applications from their area and choose a winner for their region.
Finalists are chosen from among the regional winners, and then the designated candidate will be recommended to the Director of the Oregon Department of Education as the next Oregon Teacher of the Year.
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.
This past biennium, Oregon Lottery has contributed $530.1 million towards K-12 education. That's about $480 per student each year!
In 2018, Oregon Lottery contributed $30 million to the Oregon Opportunity Grant which awards college scholarships to students across our state.