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Lisa Richard (OR '16) | Third-grade teacher, Pioneer School | Lebanon, OR
Date of Award: December 13, 2016
"I will always remember the day my teacher got the Milky Way award!" So said one of Lisa Richard's third-graders at her surprise notification. Lisa, a former high school dropout who earned her GED at 27, is committed to helping students maximize their potential and preventing anyone from slipping through the cracks. "That is my biggest passion: paying attention to that kid who no one else is," she told The Oregonian in an interview after her notification.
Lisa creates exceptional learning experiences for her students that transcend the walls of her classroom. When she realized that most of her students had never been camping, an activity she loves, Richard marshaled a group of parents and held a camping trip on school grounds, complete with tents, hot dogs, marshmallows and activities—and connected the entire event to the class's reading curriculum. She also brings students together with residents of a local veterans' home; students serve the veterans dinner and present projects about the wars in which the veterans have served, and the residents share their war stories with the students. The veterans' dinners have become a beloved annual event at Pioneer, a K-6 Title I school.
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