Bethel Awards

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The 12th annual ACE Awards will recognize the best and brightest in Bethel School District.

30 Bethel educators and volunteers have been nominated for ACE Awards, which recognize the best and brightest in Bethel, Eugene 4j and Springfield school districts.

The 12th annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards will be presented to Bethel’s outstanding contributors in four categories: teachers, administrators, support staff, and volunteers. Winners will be awarded a handsome trophy at a Hult Center Celebration on April 25th and will be given $1,000 to be used for the school program of their choice.

The 2017 Bethel nominees are:
Teachers: Lauren Boettger, Fairfield; Gina Clark, Fairfield; Deanna Courogen, Irving; Alison Dodd, Prairie Mountain; Joe Freuen, Willamette; Darren Hatefi, Willamette; Isabel Kelly, Fairfield; Joe Mancuso, Willamette; Sonja Maul, Prairie Mountain; Kristy McElravy, Shasta; Kristi Oster, Cascade; Ben Wade, Willamette; Shannon Whitty, Cascade.

Classified staff: Anne Johnstone-Diaz, Bethel Family Resource Center; Krista Larson, Prairie Mountain; Anthony Mancuso, Willamette; Christie McBride, Shasta; Curtis Mitchell, Willamette; Mary Spearman, Irving; Bob Wilson, Willamette.

Volunteers: Shanna Bitikofer, Prairie Mountain; Bess Jones, Fairfield; Anje Postma, Irving; Michelle Thompson, Meadow View; Michelle Toney, Willamette.

Administrators: Lisa Bateman, Assistant Special Education Director; Mari Ford, Principal, Danebo; Tina Guiterez-Schmich, Equity Coordinator; Mindy LeRoux, Principal, Willamette; Maureen Spence, Principal, Malabon.

Last year’s ACE Award winners – Debi Bostwick, Jenny Sink, Royal Yoakum and Phil Drake – each won $1,000 for the school projects of their choice.

The 12th annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards will honor local teachers, classified staff, volunteers and administrators.

Nominate a deserving individual here.

A $1,000 cash award will be presented to the Bethel winners in each of the four categories, which can be used for the school projects of their choice.

The ACE Awards nominating criteria is specific. The best nominations do more than give facts; they tell a story about the nominee.

It’s important to follow these nominating tips.

Submissions are being accepted through March 24th. The nominees will be celebrated and the “Champions” will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 25th at the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater.

The ACE Awards are generously sponsored by the local business community, Oregon Community Credit Union, and the Eugene and Springfield Chambers of Commerce.

Some of the past Bethel winners include Continue reading

Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach celebrates after being surprised with a Bethel Education Foundation grant.

Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach celebrates after being surprised with a Bethel Education Foundation grant.

Cheers and tears greeted Bethel Education Foundation representatives as they handed out more than $36,000 in grants to dozens of Bethel educators.

The BEF will be funding a variety of exciting and innovative projects to benefit Bethel students at all grade levels, everything from technology to trips and rockets to robots.

The educators didn’t know that the BEF was coming, but they heard the small group of 6th grade Shasta band students marching down the hall leading the grant parade into their classrooms.

The BEF has been raising funds to support teachers’ special projects for seven years.

If you would like to contribute in order to help the Foundation continue to provide this support, click here.

The Oregon Duck presents a $10,000 check to the Bethel Education Foundation's Brooke Cottle. The windfall will go to Bethel classrooms in the form of BEF mini-grants.

The Oregon Duck presents a $10,000 check to the Bethel Education Foundation’s Brooke Cottle. The windfall will go to Bethel classrooms in the form of BEF mini-grants.

One of the best parts of the Oregon Ducks’ final home football game came during the third quarter.

The Oregon Duck presented a $10,000 check to the Bethel Education Foundation.

The windfall is a grant from the College Football Playoff Foundation. Each PAC-12 school – including the UO – received the money and former Bethel principal Glen Martz recommended that the UO donate the $10,000 to the BEF.

BEF co-founder Brooke Cottle was welcomed onto the Autzen Stadium turf to accept the giant check.

Not only will Bethel students benefit from this generous donation, UO athletes will be on hand to help BEF board members present the grant awards to surprised Bethel educators on Wednesday, December 14.

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