Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Spanish Teacher Named Oregon's Teacher of the Year 2004

Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Spanish Teacher Named Oregon's Teacher of the Year 2004

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Catie Thurber-Brown, Spanish teacher at Tigard High School, has been selected Oregon Teacher of the Year for 2004. In this role, she will be the spokesperson for Oregon teachers. She will also represent Oregon in competition for National Teacher of the Year, and attend a weeklong Space Camp for teachers of the year from all states.

"'Teacher of the Year' must go above and beyond the normal expectations of being a teacher. Many teachers teach a class, but it takes something special to drive each and every student to their full potential. Mrs. Thurber gives up on no one and is willing to help us outside of class any time we need her," says Jennifer Johnson, a student of Thurber-Brown at Tigard High School

A colleague describes Thurber-Brown's teaching: "In her classes, students show what they can do with what they know. She has taken the abstract philosophy of teaching to outcomes and used it to create, refine and fine-tune lessons and strategies until they are 'best practices' for teaching to proficiency in a second language. She has shared her expertise with colleagues and really made a difference in how second languages are taught, not only for her students, but for students across the state."

In addition to being a top-notch teacher, Thurber-Brown is a contributor to the profession on the national, regional, slate and local levels. On the national level, she has presented at ACTFL conferences. Regionally, she presents at joint Washington-Oregon conferences. In Oregon, she has been an indispensable participant in the development of Oregon's Second Language Standards since their inception. …

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