Teachers of the Year

The quality of George Fox University’s education programs is reflected in the fact that, since 2011, nearly a dozen alumni – representing the school’s traditional undergraduate, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Doctor of Education (EdD) and administrative licensure programs – have earned national-, state- and institution-wide awards as principals, vice principals, teachers and administrators.

Following is a list of award recipients.

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson
(MAT, ’01)

Oregon Teacher of the Year (2016)

Juniper Elementary School,
Bend, Ore.

Cathy Carnahan

Cathy Carnahan
(Admin. Lic., ’00)

National Middle Level Principal of the Year (2011)

Duniway Middle School,
McMinnville, Ore.

Stephanie Fisher

Stephanie Fisher
(Trad. Undergraduate, ’06)

Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2016)

George Fox University

Michelle Hughes

Michelle Hughes
(EdD, ’14)

Bruce and Adaline Bare Outstanding Teacher Award (2012-13)

Westmont College,
Santa Barbara, Calif

Kris Kays

Kris Kays
(Trad. Undergraduate, ’87; PsyD, ’94)

Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2011)

George Fox University

Duane Larson

Duane Larson
(Trad. Undergraduate, ’90)

Oregon’s Vice Principal of the Year
(2014-15)

Alice Ott Middle School,
Portland, Ore.

Jay Mathisen

Jay Mathisen
(EdD, ’12)

Oregon High School Principal of the Year (2011)

La Pine High School,
La Pine, Ore.

Terry O'Casey

Terry O’Casey
(DMin, ’05)

Professor of the Year (2011)

Northwest Christian University,
Eugene, Ore.

Michael Ralls

Michael Ralls
(Trad. Undergraduate, ’88)

Assistant Principal of the Year, Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (2013)

Milwaukie High School,
Milwaukie, Ore.

Jonathan Rickey

Jonathan Rickey
(Trad. Undergraduate, ’00)

Arizona Interscholastic Association Administrator of the Year (2015)

Glendale Preparatory Academy,
Glendale, Ariz.

Susan Rieke-Smith

Susan Rieke-Smith
(MAT, ’00)

Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year (2011)

Houck Middle School,
Salem, Ore.