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Veteran educator Olivia Green earns kudos for her work from math teachers group


Olivia Green, a math teacher at Gresham High School, has been honored as an outstanding math teacher in Multnomah County.

Every year, The Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics recognizes an outstanding contributor to the mathematics community of Oregon.

Calling her "a master teacher," the group said Green "presents information in ways that students understand, allowing them to engage in discourse and process the math in both linguistic and nonlinguistic ways."

Green grew up in Southern Oregon and graduated from Eagle Point High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Arts and Teaching degree from Oregon State University.

She taught in Roseburg for two years and then moved to the Gresham-Barlow School District, starting out at Gordon Russell Middle School and then transferred to Gresham High School in 2004.

The group said Green "has bolstered the mathematics community by working tirelessly as a leader of her department, guiding them in creating common assessments and focusing on standards-based learning and proficiency-based assessing."

Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics members are math teachers and classroom teachers interested in ensuring quality mathematics in Oregon schools.

Nancy Swarat, president of the council, said, "It is an honor to highlight accomplishments, leadership, and excellent work of people who promote mathematics across our state."

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