Administrators and Teachers of the Year

The quality of George Fox University’s education programs is reflected in the fact that since 2011, a dozen alumni – representing the school’s many academic programs in the education field – have earned national-, state- and institution-wide awards as principals, vice principals, teachers and administrators.

Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year (2021)

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La'Shawanta Spears-Hardy

(MA, School Counseling ’13)

Assistant Principal, David Douglas School District, Happy Valley, Oregon

Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year (2018)

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Perla Rodriguez

(EdD, ’06)

Echo Shaw Elementary School, Forest Grove, Oregon

Oregon Teacher of the Year (2016)

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Heather Anderson

(MAT, ’01)

Juniper Elementary School, Bend, Oregon

Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2016)

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Stephanie Fisher

(Trad. Undergraduate, ’06)

George Fox University

Arizona Interscholastic Association Administrator of the Year (2015)

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Jonathan Rickey

(Trad. Undergraduate, ’00)

Glendale Preparatory Academy, Glendale, Arizona

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

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Duane Larson

(Trad. Undergraduate, ’90)

Alice Ott Middle School, Portland, Oregon

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

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Michael Ralls

(Trad. Undergraduate, ’88)

Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, Oregon

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

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Michelle Hughes

(EdD, ’14)

Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif

National Middle Level Principal of the Year (2011)

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Cathy Carnahan

(Admin. Lic., ’00)

Duniway Middle School, McMinnville, Oregon

Faculty Achievement Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2011)

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Kris Kays

(Trad. Undergraduate, ’87; PsyD, ’94)

George Fox University

Oregon High School Principal of the Year (2011)

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Jay Mathisen

(EdD, ’12)

La Pine High School, La Pine, Oregon

Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year (2011)

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Susan Rieke-Smith

(MAT, ’00)

Houck Middle School, Salem, Oregon