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Witch Hazel teacher honored as 'Learning Hero'

Debbie LutherWitch Hazel Elementary instructional coach Debbie Luther has been recognized as a DreamBox Learning Hero for delivering excellence in education and student success.

Luther is one of 10 educators and 10 administrators across the U.S. and Canada selected from more than 100 nominees. The DreamBox Learning Hero Awards recognize educators and administrators who have delivered excellence in education and student success through the use of DreamBox’s computer-based adaptive math solutions.

Witch Hazel Elementary is a Title 1 and dual-language school. Many of its students face poverty or are English language learners. Luther has used technology to help overcome these challenges and tailor math instruction to each student.

“The decks are stacked against our students,” Luther said. “Most of our students come to school without foundational skills and troubled lives. DreamBox helps with providing students with an individualized and independent instructional tool that allows them to work in alternate settings and catch up or keep up with their math learning.”

Luther, a Beaverton resident, has been an educator for 20 years. She’s been at Witch Hazel for two years.