Two Pendleton School District teachers recently received professional awards, the district announced Monday.
Sherwood Heights Elementary School teacher Celia Hampton won the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. According to a press release, the award is given to teachers who “put forth exceptional effort and achieved exemplary success teaching Earth sciences in elementary or secondary schools.”
“Her classroom is full of rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils,” the press release states. “Hampton teaches the geology of the Pacific Northwest, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Cascade Range volcanoes and much more.”
State Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, selected Pendleton High School social studies teacher Brian Johnson as one of two civic scholars in his district.
As a part of the recognition, Johnson will receive free registration to the Oregon State Capitol in Salem for the Civics Conference for Teachers in December.
“The conference features presentations from each branch of Oregon government as well as strategies from master teachers,” a press release states. “The scholars also receive special recognition at the conference, substitute pay while they are away from their classroom and follow-up classroom assistance.”
In a statement, Superintendent Chris Fritsch sang Johnson’s praises.
“Mr. Johnson is highly regarded by his students and peers alike. He embodies everything that is good about public educators — holding high expectations for all students and providing them the appropriate support to reach those expectations,” Fritsch said. “Mr. Johnson is very deserving of this award.”