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School Notes: Teachers get mortgages paid; Wilson kid designs Farmers Market bag; Scholarship winners; New MESD SpEd director

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Teachers get mortgages paid

OnPoint Community Credit Union selected two Portland teachers as Educator of the Year for 2016. Both teachers will have their mortgages paid for one school year, as well as getting $2,500 toward their schools for resources and supplies.

The annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education recognizes teachers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington “for their ability to encourage creativity, inspire enthusiasm for learning, and positively impact their students.”

Emily Ferguson, a seventh- and eighth-grade language arts teacher at Winterhaven School, won the top prize for K-8 Educator of the Year. Ferguson stood out for her unique ability to tailor her curriculum to each student’s needs, along with her encouraging attitude toward students to become better writers and citizens, according to a news release from OnPoint.

The top prize winner for grades 9-12 Educator of the Year was Douglas Beardsley, a biology teacher at Reynolds High School for the last 13 years. Beardsley was recognized for his challenging and engaging curriculum, as well as continuing to inspire students after they leave his classroom, OnPoint stated.

Two finalists, Reid Kimura from Columbus Elementary School and Lindsey Hathaway from Skyview High School, will receive $2,500 plus $1,000 toward their schools.

Reusable bag design earns scholarship

A Woodrow Wilson High School sophomore won the Country Financial Portland Farmers Market’s sixth-annual reusable bag design contest on June 4. Audrey Jenkins’ design visually tells the story of food’s journey from the farm to the table. It shows fresh fruit and vegetables being transported in a truck toward a picturesque Portland.

“Audrey’s artwork captures the spirit of Portland, while reminding us that locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables are an American classic for any meal,” said Tim Harris, Country Financial’s vice president.

Jenkins’ artwork will be displayed on thousands of canvas bags, which will be distributed for free. She also will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Country Financial.

10 local kids get $1,000 scholarships

Comcast has announced the 77 Oregon and Southwest Washington winners of its $1,000 Leaders and Achievers scholarships.

The Portland students recognized with the award June 4 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel were:

  • Patrick Quinn, Jesuit High School
  • Mac Weinstock, Wilson High School
  • Montserrat Mendez Higura, Lincoln High School
  • Jonathan Morris, David Douglas High School
  • Torrie Eagle Staff, Roosevelt High School
  • Jessica Isibor, Da La Salle North Catholic High School
  • Callista Sack, Central Catholic High School
  • Alexandra Crew, Catlin Gable Upper School
  • Camille Sullivan, St. Mary’s Academy
  • Sarah Blair, Sunset High School
  • Since 2001, more than $25 million has been awarded through the program to nearly 25,000 high school seniors across the country.

    New director named

    Multnomah Education Service District hired Todd Greaves as its special education director. With 25 years of education experience under his belt, Greaves started his new position June 1.