Sharon Chinn is the director of Educational Career, Licensing, and Accreditation Services and the Commencement Coordinator at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College. With 25-years in the field, Sharon brings to her work decades of experience networking, advocating, and supporting students, faculty, and staff as they grow in their professions.
After discussing counseling services that were missing in the Portland area, the founders of PorchLight Custom Counseling—Justin Cox M.A. ’12, Llew Richards M.A. ’13, Mica Richards, Holly Roland M.A. ’12, and Siddarth Venkatachalam M.A. ’12 —had an idea to offer their many counseling specialties at affordable rates, around the clock.
Catherine Sergeant B.A. ’70, M.A.T. ’75 has been named Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Sergeant is head librarian of the Jefferson County School District, which consists of six school libraries.
Laura Todis M.A.T. ’10 was recently recognized for her outstanding teaching with two awards—the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) and Teacher of the Year for the Fillmore Unified School District in California.
James Johnston has been named Oregon’s 2013 Middle School Principal of the Year for his leadership at Alice Ott Middle School in east Portland. Johnson completed his Initital and Continuing administrator license programs at Lewis & Clark (in 2003 and 2009, respectively). Johnston’s school is the only middle school in Oregon named a “model school” by the state for two years running.
Jessica Troutman, pictured here with her family, is an alumna of the Middle-Level/High School Teacher Education program (MAT ‘06). She has been selected Educator of the Year of South Columbia County for Scappoose.
Kindergarten teacher Tess Miller, MAT ’07, has been named Oregon’s American Star of Teaching for her success in teaching reading. The annual award is given to one teacher in each state. For more about Tess’ remarkable classroom, read the Oregonian’s profile of her.
Kathleen Larson BA ’92, MEd ’00 was named the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Washington teacher of the year. Her work at Vancouver’s Evergreen High School includes teaching a wide range of subjects, designing curriculum, and advocating for deaf and special education students.
Grandhaven (McMinnville) Elementary School Principal Sara Johnson has been selected as Oregon’s 2007 National Distinguished Principal, more commonly known as the Oregon Elementary Principal of the Year.
After a competitive nationwide recruitment, Mountain View High School will have a new leader this fall, Bend’s Kathryn Legace. Legace will take over for current Mountain View High School principal Bob Jones when he transitions into a new administrative position with the Bend-La Pine Schools in July.