January recipient Chris Gilbert is Canby High's head English language development teacher and migrant coordinator for the school

Canby Kiwanis and Canby School District recently honored longtime high school teacher Chris Gilbert with the Canby Area Recognition of Excellence Award.

Canby Kiwanis, whose mission is to serve the children of Canby, established the CARE Award to provide a monthly opportunity to recognize individual teachers, counselors, coaches and other school staff who make a difference in the lives of others and in the community. The recipients are decided by a CARE committee made up of members from Kiwanis and the community, who review the nominations and make the selection.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - (From left) Marilyn Wood of Kiwanis, Superintendent Trip Goodall, CARE Award recipient Chris Gilbert, Canby High Associate Principal Kimie Carrol and Canby High Principal Greg Dinse.

The January recipient of the award, Gilbert, has been teaching at Canby High School for 18 years and is the head English language development teacher and migrant coordinator for the school.

"Tonight I'm really, really pleased to honor Chris Gilbert, a longtime staff member here at Canby High School, for his phenomenal work with our Latino population—all of our kids," said Superintendent Trip Goodall at the January school board meeting. "His commitment is so well-known throughout our community and throughout our school district. It's really an honor to give this award."

Assistant Principal Kimie Carroll nominated Gilbert for his tireless commitment to the students at Canby High.

"Chris is a constant, and that's all caps, advocate for our students," Carroll said at the January school board meeting. "He's thoughtful and kind, and puts students' needs first always. He works with students after school on scholarships and has played a huge part in improving our graduation rate and making college accessible for our migrant, ELL monitored students."

In addition to accolades, Gilbert also received a plaque and rewards from local businesses in recognition of his efforts.

To nominate someone for the CARE Award, nomination forms can be found on the district's website at

Kristen Wohlers
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