The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, announced Adam Galen as one of Oregon’s 17 2023-24 Regional Teachers of the Year! Galen teaches 5th grade to students at Sam Case Elementary School. Mr. Galen was nominated by a parent of one of his students. In the nomination the parent said "Mr. Galen has a knack for creating a fun and safe space for students to learn and grow. Our child comes home excited to tell them about their day and loves going to school." Galen is quoted from his application saying “I believe that relationships are the most important aspect of student success. Students that know you care about them and have high expectations for them will reach for the stars.”
Every day in Oregon classrooms, teachers offer their innovation, energy and content mastery in support of students across the state. The Oregon Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors teacher excellence, with the state Teacher of the Year serving as the face and voice of exemplary educators across Oregon. Candidates for Oregon Teacher of the Year are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled licensed public school educators in grades preK-12.
Regional Teachers of the Year are nominated by students, colleagues, administrators, friends or family members. Regional winners were identified through a local nomination, application and selection process facilitated by the 19 Education Service Districts around the state. Applicants submitted testimonials and letters of support and were assessed by a diverse panel of regional representatives on the attributes of leadership, instructional expertise, commitment to equity, community involvement, understanding of educational issues, vision and professional development.
Dr. Charlene Williams, director of the Oregon Department of Education said “It's vitally important to recognize the essential role that teachers play in their communities and to honor the many contributions they make in the lives of students all across Oregon. Earning this recognition means that an educator has built strong relationships and partnerships with students and families and empowered students to reach their fullest potential.”
Each Regional Teacher of the Year wins a $1,000 cash prize and is in the running forOregon’s 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year – to be announced in October.*A video of the award presentation is available on our Oregon Coast Breaking News Facebook page.