Amazing Educators 2021

Honoring Amazing Educators

In a year like none other, Oregon’s best educators step up

Let’s be honest — the 2020-21 school year has presented tests like none before.

Not the kind of tests that teachers routinely give to their students, but the once-in-a-lifetime challenges presented to teachers and their students by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With schools across the state relegated to distance learning for at least the first five months of the year, Oregon’s teachers have been asked to step up like never before. They’ve been called upon to re-invent learning, to connect with students and their families, and to keep the instructional setting positive when so many are struggling with the restrictions associated with the pandemic.

In response, Pamplin Media Group has stepped forward to honor some of our state’s best educators with its inaugural Amazing Educators special section. In this section — which represents 20 of PMG’s newspapers — our writers and photographers team up to recognize 25 of our state’s best educators, ranging from kindergarten and first-grade instructors all the way through high school, in public schools, private schools and charter schools alike.

A section like this takes months to produce. A lot of hard work and dedication was needed to make this all come together, especially considering the challenges associated with working during a worldwide pandemic.

Special thanks goes out to the Amazing Educators themselves, as well as all the amazing local businesses that stepped up financially to support this section. Without their advertising support, being able to share these students’ inspiring stories wouldn’t be possible.

We also want to thank all the Pamplin Media Group employees who worked on this section, the writers, photographers, editors, advertising representatives and page designers.

In addition to our printed special section, all our Amazing Educators stories can be found on the new Amazing Educators website at

Be sure to read all these stories. In today’s crazy world, we could all use some positive news that give us hope for the future.

These dedicated educators definitely do that.





Beaverton Valley Times – Beaverton
Beaverton Toyota

Canby Herald-Pioneer – Canby
Aurora Family Dentistry

Molalla Herald-Pioneer – Molalla
Willamette Egg Farms

Estacada News – Estacada
Weston Dealerships

Forest Grove News-Times – Forest Grove
Ace Hardware  & Murphy’s Furniture

Clackamas Review – Gladstone
Oregon Impact

The Outlook – Gresham
Gresham Ford

The Outlook – Gresham
Weston Dealerships

Clackamas Review – Happy Valley
Victoria Wriglesworth, Harcourts RE Network Group

News-Times – Hillsboro
Cornell Estates

Lake Oswego Review – Lake Oswego
Dischinger Orthodontics

Madras Pioneer – Madras
Central Oregon Community College

Newberg Graphic – Newberg
Newberg Graphic

Portland Tribune – Portland
Global Solarium

Central Oregonian – Prineville
Central Oregon Community College

Sandy Post – Sandy
Mt. Hood Community College

Sherwood Gazette – Sherwood
Sherwood Gazette

South County Spotlight – Scappoose
Michael Ismert Insurance

South County Spotlight – St. Helens
Columbia County Spotlight

The Times – Tigard
Broadway Furniture

The Times – Tualatin
A Group Real Estate

West Linn Tidings – West Linn
West Linn-Wilsonville School District

Wilsonville Spokesman – Wilsonville
West Linn-Wilsonville School District

Woodburn Independent – Woodburn
Woodburn Independent