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Pamplin Media Group celebrates Amazing Educators throughout the community with a new special section available in print and online.

PMG GRAPHIC - Pamplin Media Group's inaugural Amazing Educators publication is available in the print edition of the Woodburn Independent's Feb. 24 issue.The past year — the year of the COVID-19 pandemic — has taught us a lot.

One of the many important things we've learned is the importance of educators in our lives and the lives of our children.

With in-person learning in Oregon shuttered since last March due to pandemic restrictions, our state's educators have had to step up in unprecedented fashion, finding new ways to connect with students, new ways to communicate with parents, and effectively reinventing the world of education in the era of distance learning.

As a way to express our thanks, the Pamplin Media Group is proud to share its first Amazing Educators special section. Click here to read it. This inaugural section honors 25 local educators — each nominated by people in their communities — educators who work at all levels, from kindergarten and first-grade instructors all the way through high school, and in public schools, private schools and charter schools alike. We hope that by sharing their stories, that we can honor all educators for their commitment and dedication to serving our children.

Among those honored in this year's Amazing Educators section is Jill Rebholz, who is celebrating her 24th year as a teacher. An impressive career, given that a severe infection ruptured her ear drum in elementary school, which effectively hid her dyslexia until she was in fifth grade. That's when another (dare we say it, amazing) educator, Ellie Dir, figured it out and told Rebholz's parents, 'I think Jill's really bright. I think she has a learning disability.'"

Two dozen decades later, this amazing educator is paying forward the bold work of that amazing teacher. And who knows which of Rebholz's students will find themselves standing in front of their own classrooms one day?

The Amazing Educators section is made possible thanks to the generous support of our advertisers. Special thanks go to our partner-level sponsors, Reser's Fine Foods and Weston Dealerships. We also want to thank Global Solarium for being our local community sponsor.

In addition to our printed special section, all of our Amazing Educators stories can be found on the new Amazing Educators website at

Be sure to read all these stories. In today's crazy world, we could all use some positive news that give us hope for the future.

These dedicated educators definitely do that.

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