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MAT Alumna, Kate Fisher Hedeen, named 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year by Clackamas ESD

June 11, 2020

Kate Fisher Hedeen, MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) alumna and now AP and advanced biology teacher at Oregon City High School was named Clackamas 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year.

“When we as educators question our biases and reflect on our practice in meaningful ways, we approach expertise and advance the potential of our youth” Fisher Hedeen said in her application.

Every year the Oregon Department of Education, in conjunction with the Oregon Lottery, presents Regional Teachers of the Year. Fisher Hedeen is among 15 other 2021 regional teachers who were nominated by Oregon’s 19 Education Service Districts throughout the state to receive this regional honor. She is now a nominee to become Oregon’s statewide Teacher of the Year. The 2021 Teacher of Year will be announced in the fall.

“Kate Fisher Hedeen is one of the most accomplished and beloved teachers in our district,” said Larry Didway, Oregon City School District superintendent. “For the past two decades, Kate’s high standards, passion for helping all students thrive, and leadership by example have inspired everyone in Oregon City schools to aim higher. She is exactly the kind of teacher all parents want to entrust their children to, and we are thrilled she is receiving such well-deserved public recognition.”

The Oregon City School District shared that regional teachers of the year receive a $500 award. The state winner and finalists will receive additional awards, plus matching grants for their schools.

Watch and read how Kate reacted to her announcement!

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