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Inaugural section recognizes 25 people who make the world a better place for all

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 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 — 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. This inaugural section honors 25 local 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 Woodburn High School teacher and head wrestling coach Dusty Price, who has worked tirelessly to teach his students and athletes the importance of commitment, hard work and perseverance. During the past decade, Price has established a reputation as a tough but fair educator who is constantly looking for ways in which his students can tap into their potential and become not just better people in the classroom, but better members of their community.

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.

In addition to our printed special section, all of our

Amazing Educators stories can be found on the new Amazing Educators website at pamplinamazingeducators.com.

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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