Oregon Trail School District’s Mandy Vance Named 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year

Oregon Trail School District’s Mandy Vance Named 2024 Oregon Teacher of the YearIn a heartening turn of events, Mandy Vance, a beloved middle school teacher from the Oregon Trail School District, has been bestowed with the esteemed title of 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year. This accolade, announced with much fanfare on October 5, 2023, serves as a testament to Vance’s unwavering commitment to her students and her remarkable contributions to the field of education.

For over 15 years, Vance has been a dedicated educator at Boring Middle School, where she has left an indelible mark on the lives of countless students. She is currently on special assignment at Cedar Ridge Middle School in Sandy, Oregon where she is designing and teaching creative science, athletic leadership and academic success courses. Her journey to becoming the 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year is a testament to her passion for teaching and her relentless pursuit of excellence.

“I feel so blessed beyond words,” Vance remarked upon receiving the prestigious honor. “I’m so thankful to this school district and this school. I became a teacher because I had several who made a difference in my life and showed up for me when I needed it most.”

Vance’s teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that every student has the potential to succeed, given the right support and guidance. She strives to create inclusive and transformative learning environments where students feel empowered to explore, learn and grow.

“As a relational educator, I know much of my success in the classroom is because I take the time to get to know each of my students,” Vance emphasizes. “Alone we can only do so much, but when we know our students’ stories and are each willing to contribute our own gifts and expertise, this is when they are able to succeed in our schools.”

Vance’s dedication to her students extends beyond the classroom walls. She is known for her involvement in various extracurricular activities, including coaching athletic teams and leading community service initiatives. Her holistic approach to education, which prioritizes the social, emotional, and academic well-being of her students, sets her apart as an exemplary educator.

The recognition of Vance as the 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year is a testament to the impact she has had on her students and the educational community at large. Her commitment to excellence and her innovative teaching methods serve as an inspiration to educators everywhere.

As the 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year, Vance will serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers. Moreover, she will have the opportunity to participate in the National Teacher of the Year program, where she will engage in year-long professional development and networking with other state Teachers of the Year.

In celebrating Mandy Vance’s achievement, we not only honor her individual contributions but also recognize the profound impact that teachers have on shaping the future. Mandy Vance’s designation as the 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year not only celebrates her individual excellence but also underscores the profound impact educators have on our society.

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