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Humbolt Elementary School teacher Sophie Cosgrove has been named as the 2014 Oregon Small Schools Association (OSSA) Teacher of the Year.

The Oregon Small Schools Association is proud to announce two Teachers of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year: Jan Colley and Jennifer Ewing, both of from Central Linn Jr.-Sr. High School in the Central Linn School District.

The Oregon Small Schools Association is proud to announce two Teachers of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year: Jan Colley and Jennifer Ewing, both of from Central Linn Jr.-Sr. High School in the Central Linn School District.

Jan Colley
Jan Colley is an English-Language Arts teacher at Central Linn Jr.-Sr. High School, where she’s worked since the fall of 2012. She teaches a variety of English classes for students, including the College Now program that earns high school students college credits in English, as well as English Intervention for seniors who haven’t met essential skills reading and writing benchmarks. Colley also advises the Sophomore Class and the National Honors Society.

The Oregon Small Schools Association is proud to announce that Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School teacher Cynthia Grelck is the organization’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

The Oregon Small Schools Association is proud to announce that Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School teacher Cynthia Grelck is the organization’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Grelck is a 7th-8th grade language arts and math teacher at the 190-student school in the Neah-Kah-Nie School District (total enrollment 725 students). She is also currently the Neah-Kah-Nie Teachers Association President through the Oregon Education Association. She’d previously served as the organization’s vice president since 2009.

OSSA Executive Director Michael Lasher announced Grelck’s honor to members during the annual OSSA Breakfast at the Oregon School Boards Association Convention in Portland Nov. 10.

Congratulations to Joyce Garland, who was named the Oregon Small Schools Association’s Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011 during the November Small Schools Breakfast at the OSBA Annual Convention in Portland. Garland is history teacher at Sheridan High School (Sheridan School District) in Sheridan, Ore.

Garland, who’s taught at Sheridan High for all of her nine-year teaching career, was nominated by her principal, superintendent and head of the school’s English department. Sheridan High Principal Dean Rech said that as he read the criteria for the OSSA Teacher of the Year, he “realized that I have the 2010/11 Teacher of the Year in my building.”

Greetings to you all, members of the Oregon Small Schools Association. I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as this year’s OSSA Teacher of the Year. In years past, I recall reading many of the Small Talk articles written by previous recipients of this award. I would often wonder what it took to receive such an honor and discerned if I would ever become of the proper caliber as an educator to even be nominated or considered. Well, my wondering is over and many of my thoughts regarding this reward lead me to reflect on how I arrived at this illuminated point in my career.

Mitch Coleman is an agriculture education teacher at Dayton High School, where he has taught for all 18 of his years in education. Coleman says that he had wanted to become a teacher “for as long as I can remember.” His inspiration to become a teacher stems from watching his grandmother teach the first grade in Idaho.

“I saw students learn new things when they didn’t even know they were learning,” Coleman says. “I loved seeing her teach and wanted to be a teacher like her when I grew up.”

After working on a ranch for six years, Coleman went back to school to become an agriculture teacher in an effort to bring his desire of teaching and his experiences of ranching together.

Lori Luna – Corbett School District, Corbett

Lori Luna is this year's 2007 OSSA Teacher of the Year. While all our finalists are very deserving, well-respected educators, Lori’s unique blend of humor and empathy, coupled with an unrelenting demand for academic achievement brought her to the top of the list.

The OSSA Teacher of the Year newly revised nomination form is now available.  This is a one page form that outlnes the information needed to submit a nomination for Teacher of the Year.   This is due by October 17, 2014.  Then a committee of OSSA Board members will select a winner.