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Tigard, Tualatin teachers recognized nationally

This month, two teachers in the Tigard-Tualatin School District were recognized nationally for their excellence and vision in the classroom, as well as for their advocacy in their areas of education.

Tualatin High School art teacher Jeannine Miller was named Secondary Level Art Educator of the Year during the 2016 Oregon Art Education Association awards that were announced on Oct. 15. Teachers who exemplify a commitment to delivering quality art education may be nominated by colleagues and selected by the association for the award. Miller was also selected by the National Art Education Association to present an art seminar at its national convention in 2017.

“These are both important awards for Tualatin High School,” said Miller.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tualatin High School art teacher Jeannine Miller was named Secondary Level Art Educator of the Year  during the  2016 Oregon Art Education Association awards on Oct. 15.

Miller’s presentation submission, “Recyclable, Inexpensive, Fun and Creative, PizzArte. Using Pizza Boxes to Create Paintings and 3D Art,” will be converted into a hands-on studio workshop during the convention.

On Friday, Tigard High School business marketing teacher Sue Suttich was recognized by the Financial Beginnings Organization as the Personal Finance Teacher of the Year. In May, Suttich was one of 12 teachers in the country selected to attend a summer institute in Palo Alto hosted by Financial Beginnings Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to getting personal finance into classrooms in Oregon and Washington. Tigard High School is one of the only schools in Oregon that offers personal finance classes. SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tigard High School Business Marketing teacher, Sue Suttich was recognized by the Financial Beginnings Organization as the Personal Finance Teacher of the Year.

“Personal finance is definitely a passion for me and I believe it is the most important class our high school students can take,” said Suttich, who also teaches wealth management classes.

During her courses, Suttich leads students through discussions about college and career planning, retirement and investing options, and how to achieve personal financial goals.