GSE alumnus named OnPoint Credit Union 2017 Teacher of the Year

GSE alumnus James Nosen, ’83, is one of two OnPoint Credit Union Teachers of the Year for 2017. He was nominated by his school this spring and received honors at the annual OnPoint event May 26, during a KGW broadcast. Nosan was the art teacher at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby School District where he worked for 34 years, and has now retired.

Nosen earned his bachelor’s in elementary education at PSU when the program was offered as an undergraduate degree. He is licensed for K–12 and holds endorsements for elementary multiple subjects and art education.

While art teachers rarely receive recognition, the lessons they offer are especially important for students’ growth and development. “We’ve got to teach to the right side of the brain,” said Nosen. “If you want to think outside of the box, you’ve got to teach some art classes. I’ve known it for years, and true educators know it. Hopefully our state will come around.”

Nosan also organizes and leads international tours for students and other groups to places like Costa Rica, Africa, and Europe.

The two OnPoint prize winners have their mortgage paid for one school year, and their schools each receive a $2,500 donation for resources and supplies.


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