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Local teachers, administrators named to new state education council

A handful of Portland-area educators were named Wednesday to Gov. Kate Brown’s new Council on Educator Advancement.

Teachers and administrators from across the state were appointed to the council to help foster teaching excellence and cultivate a culturally competent educator workforce across Oregon, according to Brown’s announcement.

The 17-member board includes:

• Marty Perez, teacher, Portland Public Schools

• Don Grotting, superintendent of the David Douglas School District and an adviser to the State Board of Education

• Randy Hitz, dean of the Graduate School of Education, Portland State University

• Jennifer Miller, teacher and English Language Development specialist, North Clackamas School District

• Paul Andrews, deputy superintendent, High Desert Education Service District

• Ana Gomez, statewide coordinator, Juntos Program at Oregon State University; member of the Quality Education Commission

• Karen Green, teacher, Ashland School District

• Nanette Lehman, middle school administrator, Baker School District; 2013 Oregon Teacher of the Year

• Michelle Oakes, National Board Certified Teacher and Mentor Program Coordinator, Bend-LaPine Schools

• Christy Perry, superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools

• Martha Richards, executive director of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation

• George Russell, member of the African American/Black Student Success Plan Advisory Panel; past co-chair of the Oregon Alliance for Educational Equity

• Laura Scruggs, teacher and coordinator for the Global Institute of Teacher Advancement, Springfield Public Schools

• Heidi Sipe, superintendent of the Umatilla School District; 2016 Oregon Superintendent of the Year

• Carmen Urbina, program development and outreach coordinator for the Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership Department, College of Education, University of Oregon and Oregon Center for Equity Promotion

• Colleen Works, high school administrator, Corvallis School District; 2011 Oregon Teacher of the Year

• Matt Yoshioka, Principal, Lincoln Primary School; Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Pendleton School District

The council will recommend strategies to ensuring Oregon’s educators have open access to mentoring, specialized professional learning and opportunities for leadership development.

“We all want Oregon’s students to learn from caring, competent, and culturally responsive educators,” Brown said. “The council's efforts will help ensure educators have meaningful opportunities to expand their skills and capacity to pursue ongoing professional learning and leadership development.”

The council will report its recommendations to the governor by Sept. 1.