GSE alumna Linda White receives state honors

Linda Bradford White, IAL ’02, is the 2017 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year. The award comes from the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). She is the principal of McLoughlin Middle School in Medford and described by colleagues as “outrageously positive.” White is a graduate of the PSU Initial Administrator Leadership (IAL) program, which generates a majority of school administrators throughout the Oregon. White was surprised with the award at an all-school assembly on April 25. She has been principal at the school for four years and prior to that was an assistant principal at North Medford High School. Continue reading

PSU alumnus Brent Belveal named Outstanding Administrator

brent-belvealCongratulations to South Albany Principal Brent Belveal, CAL ’12, who is the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Belveal was honored at the OMEA annual conference in Eugene, January 12.

In April 2015, an arsonist set fire to South Albany’s music rooms and cafeteria, destroying band instruments, choral music, and kitchen equipment. One year and $15 million dollars later, that portion of the school has reopened. Belveal was nominated by his music teachers for working tirelessly with the insurance company, collecting donations, and managing construction to get the best possible results for students.

OMEA is a nonprofit association that serves music students and music educators in the state of Oregon.

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PSU school counseling alumna Holly Vaughn-Edmonds receives statewide honors

holly-vaughn-edmondsFranklin High School Counselor Holly Vaughn-Edmonds, ’02, was named the 2016 Oregon School Counselor of the Year by the Oregon School Counselor Association (OSCA). She received the honors at the organization’s fall conference in October. She is a graduate of the GSE’s School Counseling Program. She has been a practicing school counselor for 17 years, most recently at Franklin High School where she focuses on career and college readiness.

“Holly’s creative spirit and big heart make for strong collaboration with her colleagues, partners, and college resources,” said Juanita Valder, Franklin High School principal.

As the Oregon School Counselor of the Year, she is automatically a nominee for the American School Counselor Association National School Counselor of the Year. Continue reading

GSE alumna Stephanie Stokamer nationally recognized

Former GSE instructor Stephanie Stokamer, EdD ’11, has received honors from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). She is the recipient of the organization’s freshman award, entitled Recognition of Exemplary Contribution through Research and Community Engagement: Early Career. The award recognizes her important contributions to research on service-learning and community engagement. This honor also included an invitation to present her research at this year’s IARSLCE conference, September 27, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“It really was such an honor to be recognized by my peers in this way,” said Stokamer after attending the celebration in New Orleans. “IARSLCE is a fantastic organization that supports better understanding of civic learning through community engagement around the world, and as a practitioner-scholar, I think the conference participants really feel like my people.”  She expressly thanked her mentor, GSE professor Christine Cress, and her colleagues at Pacific University for their ongoing support of her work. Continue reading

GSE graduate Sarah Luvaas honored by White House

sarah-luvaasPSU alumna Sarah Luvaas, MS ’08, is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is sponsored by the White House and the National Science Foundation and was presented September 8, at a ceremony in Washington, DC.

Luvaas is a third-grade teacher at Redland Elementary School in the Oregon City School District. She has always worked in Title I schools, including Redland and Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools.

Winners of this award receive $10,000, travel to Washington, DC, for the ceremony, and have an opportunity to network with other STEM teachers and officials of the Obama administration. Continue reading

GSE alumna Heather Yount named Principal of the Year

YountFruitdale Elementary School’s Heather Yount, IAL ’08, CAL ’12, has been named Oregon’s 2016 National Distinguished Principal. She was honored by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) at the annual COSA conference in Seaside, Oregon. Yount, who is from Grants Pass, is a graduate of PSU’s Initial and Continuing Administrator programs. She has worked for Three Rivers School District for 17 years.

Under her leadership, in 2014–15, Fruitdale Elementary became one of Oregon’s Model Schools. Model schools are high-poverty schools rated in the top 5 percent of achievement in the state. Fruitdale students have made remarkable gains in English language arts, math, and science. Continue reading