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Buff Elementary special education teacher gets Regional Teacher of the Year honor.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Flanked by her parents George and Ann Neilson, Manda Currier is joined by her husband, Don, and sons, from left, Neilson, William and Timmy. Currier was recently named Jefferson County's Regional Teacher of the Year, and will now be considered for the Oregon Teacher of the Year honor.Buff Elementary School's Manda Currier was named Jefferson County's 2020 Regional Teacher of the Year. Currier is the school's Education Resource Center teacher, teaching special education for kindergarten through fifth grade.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Manda CurrierCurrier wins a $500 cash prize and is in the running for Oregon's 2020 Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in September.

"We are very proud of Manda and her service to students at Buff Elementary School. Teachers like Manda make such a difference in the lives of students," said Superintendent Ken Parshall.

Regional Teachers of the Year are nominated by students, colleagues, administrators, friends or family members to apply for the award, and selected by a diverse panel of regional representatives. In September, one of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year.

Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education's partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year receives a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to the teacher's school) and serves as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

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