Awards were presented to the following individuals at the Awards Banquet held at
We are very proud to have these educators as members of the Oregon Science Teachers Association.
OSTA would like to thank
The Presidential Award is the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The following teachers have been selected as national and state finalists.
Oregon Department of Education Science Specialist, Noelle Gorbett presented awards to Oregon's Finalists.
2019 State Finalists
Kerryn Henderson teaches Advanced Placement Biology and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon.
One of the most important functions of the Oregon Science Teachers Association is to recognize outstanding science educators across the state. Each year the OSTA Executive Board selects several individuals for statewide and regional awards. The Awardees are selected by committee from individuals nominated by members of OSTA.
Presenting the awards is OSTA President Connie Robbins.
Duane Marshall Special Service to Science Education Award
Duane Marshall was an outstanding career teacher from Newberg High School, active in OSTA, and an important contributor to science education in Oregon. This award in his name in intended to honor those individuals who, as classroom teachers, have made significant contributions to science teaching in their own classrooms and beyond. The awardee was selected based on career longevity and body of work, statewide and regional influence, enthusiasm for science, and the ability to motivate students and colleagues alike.
Cindy Drouhard, Greater Albany Public Schools, Albany, OR
Cindy has done amazing work with science curriculum at all levels.At the middle level she has helped to create commonality in sequence and assessment. She has put together an amazing outdoor school for sixth grade students. All of this on top of being an awesome teacher! Cindy was instrumental in moving GAPS science to the NGSS. She was the driving force to get 4 middle schools in line with common assessments. Here work with Outdoor school is far above and beyond any other district I have heard about. While Cindy was still in the class she took on student teachers and helped guide them through the new standards and teaching. Her outreach and collaboration with Calapooia Watershed, Oregon State Extension, and the local ESD has extended her impact far beyond GAPS. Cindy has done amazing work with science curriculum at all levels.At the middle level she has helped to create commonality in sequence and assessment. She has put together an amazing outdoor school for sixth grade students. All of this on top of being an awesome teacher!
Fred Fox Distinguished Service to Science Education AwardThis award is named in honor of Fred Fox, a distinguished and well-loved teacher educator from Oregon State university (1957-82). The award is intended to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to mentoring and developing new teachers. It is intended for nominees involved in teacher training programs at the college level, ESD, district administrators or other administrative positions. The awardee is selected based on career longevity, breadth of influence, enthusiasm for science and the profession of science education, and the demonstrated ability to motivate.
Adele Schepige, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
The Sunrise Scholarship
The Sunrise Scholarship Award was established by long-time OSTA Board Member, Lynn Mitchell. Lynn was a science teacher at Hood River High school, and spent many years on the OSTA board in a number of capacities. His vision for this scholarship was to support early career teachers to get involved with their professional organization, take advantage of the resources available through being a member, and setting the stage for the next generation of science leaders in OSTA. The Sunrise Scholarship is used to pay registration to attend the next two (2) OSTA Statewide Conferences, and a 2-year membership in OSTA.
Blake Poynor, Crook County Middle School, Prineville, OR
Blake is committed to the profession and is always searching for opportunities to improve his practice. He is dedicated to his students and would be a likely candidate for working with OSTA on statewide initiatives. Blake shared reflections on his teaching practice with OSTA last year, when he wrote an article that appeared in the November 2018 edition of The Oregon Science Teacher entitled “Grounding the Next Generation in Place.” In the article, Blake shared his experiences at the conference and how he planned to take what he had learned into his classroom.
Lori Lancaster, retired educator, Portland, OR
The Thor Sabo Special Service to the Oregon Science Teachers Association Award
This award is named in honor of Thor Sabo, a teacher at Hillsboro High School for many years who also served OSTA as President, Executive Director, and who was responsible for helping organize many annual conferences. This award will be given to an individual who has made significant and long-term contributions of time and effort to supporting the mission of OSTA and to facilitate excellence and continuous improvement in science education.
Anyone who has been involved with OSTA over the last several years will know Lori well. Lori holds key organizational knowledge that keeps everything running smoothly. She can always be counted on to help, both in her board member roles as Registrar and Membership Coordinator, and by always being ready and willing to answer questions, make connections with community partners and educators, complete conference tasks, and more. Lori is passionate about the importance of science education for Oregon’s youth, and has dedicated her life’s work to this cause, both as a high school chemistry teacher and a tireless advocate through OSTA. We thank her for her service to our organization.
The NGSS Team Award
As Dr. Okhee Lee said, NGSS implementation is a relay, and the strongest runners - the classroom teachers - take the baton over the finish line. OSTA has created the NGSS Team Award to honor the incredible teamwork happening at schools and districts statewide. This award will be given to a team of K-12 teachers who are sharing the work of implementing NGSS-aligned curriculum and assessment at their school or in their district.Springfield School District High School Science Team
"The process of implementing new standards is a difficult one. It’s really, really hard to align practices and instruction. It’s taken years to dig into the standards, learn them and agree on how to implement them. Change is hard for everyone, but this group of teachers worked really hard to accomplish this. I’m proud of their perseverance and working through the struggle of making change. I’m excited for them and want to help them collaborate and continue to keep going. I’m proud of our district." - Dara Brennan, OSTA President 2016-19
These awards are meant to recognize and honor the work of outstanding classroom teachers in the categories of Early Career, Elementary, Middle, and High School. From every region in Oregon, awardees are selected based on their ability to motivate student achievement and excitement in science.
Region 1: Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, & Clatsop Counties
Sara Tyler, Mountainside High School, Beaverton, OR
Sara is an enthusiastic, dedicated professional teacher. She is collaborative and creative, hard-working and considerate, she is a great colleague. Students appreciate her and she brings out the best in them. She is beginning a wonderful career in education.
Erin McKee, Faubion Elementary School, Portland, OR
Jessica Augden, Alder Creek Middle School, Milwaukie, OR
Perry Decker, Rainier Junior/Senior High School, Rainier, OR
Dionne Marshall, Warrenton Grade School, Warrenton, OR
Jessyca Chamberlain, Southridge High School, Beaverton, OR
Monica Garcia, Southridge High School, Beaverton, OR
Dave Savage, Century High School, Hillsboro, OR
Region 2: Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties
Madison Delong, Silverton High School, Silverton, OR
Danielle Flood, Stayton High School, Stayton, OR
Angie Wright, Neskowin Valley School, Neskowin, OR
Ian Niktab, Nellie Muir Elementary, Woodburn, OR
Michelle Borst, Dayton Junior High, Dayton, OR
Britton Castor, Falls City High School, Falls City, OR
Region 3: Lane, Douglas, Coos, & Curry County
Halli Roussell, Lincoln Middle School, Cottage Grove, OR
Angela Ruzicka, Cal Young Middle School, Eugene, OR
Christopher Emmick, North Douglas High School, Drain, OR
Region 4: Josephine, Jackson, Klamath & Lake Counties
Nicole Spangler, Eagle Rock Elementary, Eagle Point, OR
Region 5: Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Marrow Umatilla & Grant Counties
Amy Foley, Hood River Valley High School, Hood River, OR
Region 6: Jefferson, Cook, Deschutes, & Harney Counties
Raleigh Shepler, Crane Elemetary, Crane, OR
Fields Elementary, Fields, OR
Region 7: Wallowa, Union, Baker & Malheur Counties
Sarah Jacobson, Grande Ronde Academy, La Grande, OR
Lena Wheeling, Island City Elementary, La Grande, OR
Nancy McDonald, Imbler Middle School, Imbler, OR
Annetta Evans, Baker High School, Baker, OR