Burgess Selected For Governor’s Education Team

Prairie Mountain teacher Ann Burgess is one of only two Oregon teachers on the Governor's new Education Investment Team.

Prairie Mountain 5th grade teacher Ann Burgess has been chosen for Governor Kitzhaber’s Oregon Education Investment Team.

Burgess is one of only two teachers in Oregon selected by the Governor to the team. It is being asked to “develop strategies to create a seamless zero to 20 education system that is integrated, efficient and accountable.”

Click here for the Governor’s complete statement.

Nominated by Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill, Burgess brings a wealth of experience to the team. She is among the District’s most respected and preferred mentor teachers. She has also been a key member of the Bethel team that successfully designed a new evidenced-based district-wide teacher evaluation system, one that has since been replicated by districts throughout Oregon.

In addition, Burgess is very involved in the District’s Science Alignment Committee, has been a veteran member of the Eugene Education Association Bargaining Team, and is active in the Bethel chapter of Stand for Children.

Burgess has a well-deserved reputation for developing strong and lasting relationships with parents while simultaneously maintaining high academic expectations from her students. Her instruction background includes teaching in Iran, Dubai, and at a Native school in Juneau, Alaska.

Ducks Land At Fairfield

UO offensive tackle Jamall Burrell signs autographs for Fairfield 5th graders.

Keeping a promise made two months ago, more than a dozen members of the University of Oregon football team paid a visit to Fairfield Elementary.

Stopping in the 5th grade classrooms, the Ducks spent time promoting the idea of planning for college now, answering questions, and signing autographs.

The players’ visit stems from a challenge made by UO Assistant Athletic Director James Harris in December. He promised that football players would visit their school if Fairfield 5th graders Airiell Woodcock, Felicia Harwood, Brandon Barrett, Ricky Church, Wanda Lake and Maximo Cisneros-Solano each read four books by February.

The kids kept their end of the bargain, and so did the Ducks.

Bethel Bond Idea Withdrawn

Bethel voters will not see a bond for school repairs on the May ballot.

The Bethel School Board has decided against asking voters to approve a bond measure for the May ballot. The bond would have funded repairs and upgrades in Bethel’s schools.

Voters throughout Eugene will already be considering an income tax for school operations in May, and the School Board did not want its bond measure being confused with the income tax proposal.

A recent professional survey indicated strong local support for Bethel School District, and support for a bond measure that would have covered repairs, textbook replacements, technology upgrades and student safety mechanisms without raising the current tax rate.

WHS Student To Speak At Rally

Jorge Contreras will be a featured speaker at a rally for education on the steps of the state capitol.

Willamette Senior Jorge Lopez Contreras will be one of the featured speakers at a statewide rally for education at the state capital.

Organized by the child advocacy group Stand For Children, the Salem rally on President’s Day is an attempt to show legislators the strong support for education in Oregon. The annual gathering on the capitol steps attracts hundreds if not thousands of people.

Contreras was a recent winner of a $2,500 Beat the Odds scholarship from Stand For Children. He is also a Mr. Wolverine contestant, a member of the Student Health Center’s Teen Advisory Council, an appointed member of the Superintendent’s Long-Term Budget Planning Committee, and the student representative to the Bethel School Board.

Click here for more information about the President’s Day rally.

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