Hillsboro Chamber has nominated more than 30 teachers, administrators and staff this year.

                Teachers, administrators and staff from across the Hillsboro School District are celebrating this week, with the announcement of more than 30 nominees for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce's annual Crystal Apple Excellence in Education awards.

Now in its 13th year, the awards are given to Hillsboro School District employees who make a difference in the lives of area children.

                Nominees were recognized with a surprise ceremony in their schools over the past few weeks. Up to three winners in each of the award's three categories will be announced at the Crystal Apple Awards gala dinner Thursday, April 19.

The Crystal Apple award categories include administrators, licensed staff — which includes teachers and school counselors — as well as classified staff, which includes custodians, secretaries and other employees who work behind the scenes.

The awards have raised awareness about the "critical need to provide every child with a quality public education," Chamber officials said in a news release earlier this year.

"This event is an essential way for Hillsboro to recognize educators who excel at engaging and activating our future workforce to strengthen the community," the Chamber said in its release.

Tickets to the awards ceremony are $60 per person, with a portion of each ticket benefiting the Hillsboro Schools Foundation.

The celebration is planned for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 19 at NW Events & Environments, 2900 N.E. Century Blvd., in Hillsboro.

Interested in going? Tickets are $60 and can be purchased on the Chamber's website.

Here is the list of this year's nominees:


• Justin Arey, district webmaster

• Carmen Brodniak, assistant principal at Lincoln Street Elementary School

• Gregg O'Mara, director of alternative programs


• Elias Adam, second grade teacher at W.L. Henry Elementary School

• Nikki Beale, Orenco Elementary School fourth grade teacher

• Dan Bosshardt, Lincoln Street Elementary School music teacher

• Sarah Cole, activities director at Hillsboro High School

• Tammy Danley, fourth grade teacher at Jackson Elementary School

• Cecelia Dean, kindergarten teacher at W.L. Henry Elementary School

• Ruth Elison, music teacher at Patterson Elementary School

• Gretchen Erlandsen, fifth grade teacher at Mooberry Elementary School

• Kasia Gutierrez, sixth grade teacer at Jackson Elementary School

• Kim Harris, kindergarten teacher at Farmington View Elementary

• Ann Kahn, Orenco Elementary School counselor

• Zach Keenan, third grade teacher at Eastwood Elementary School

• Scott Kellar, school to career coordinator, Century High School

• Karen Lawson, sixth grade teacher at McKinney Elementary School

• Michaelene Myers, counselor, Poynter Middle School

• Kim Porter, fifth grade teacher at Witch Hazel

• Christa Pruss, fifth and sixth grade teacher at Jackson Elementary

• Terry Sayre, second grade teacher L.C. Tobias Elementary School

• Patty Smith, sixth grade teacher W. Verne McKinney Elementary School

• Sharma Smith, first grade teacher Imlay Elementary School

• Richard Stanley, science teacher at Glencoe High School

• Jennifer Wallace, language arts teacher at R.A. Brown Middle School

• Deb Wallace, behavioral specialist at Hillsboro School District

• Deborah Ward, fifth and sixth grade teacher at Jackson Elementary School.


• Maryann Bertelson, bilingual assistant at Orenco Elementary

• Rachel Cresien, custodian, North Plains Elementary School

• Maria Fernandez Arellano, office manager at R.A. Brown Middle School

• Elizabeth Gonzalez, bilingual assistant at Reedville Elementary School

• Anita Hansen, elementary resource specialist at Imlay Elementary School

• Fernando Hernandez, custodian at Jackson Elementary

• Sina Hirning, cook at Free Orchards Elementary School

• Theresa Kinnan, office manager at L.C. Tobias Elementary School

• Patty Mosier, special education assistant at W.L. Henry Elementary School

• Laury Rodriguez, family engagement support specialist at Liberty High School

• Teri Rogers, secretary at Miller Education Center West

• Jean Vandomelen, cook at Free Orchards Elementary School

By Geoff Pursinger
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