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Michael Lindblad Named 2015 Oregon Teacher of the Year


At a school celebration attended by friends, family, students, and educators, the Oregon Department of Education named Michael Lindblad, a Gresham High School social studies teacher, Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton praised Mr. Lindblad’s clear commitment to educational equity and his focus on preparing all students for the rigors of college and the workplace.

“Michael is a master teacher with a strong commitment to equity, high expectations for all of his students, and a passion for preparing today’s young people to be engaged, globally aware citizens,” said Saxton. “He is an outstanding representative of the teaching profession, and it is my honor to name him Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.”

Throughout his 18 years of teaching, Lindblad has consistently demonstrated his commitment to his students and to being a leader in his profession. For example, Lindblad developed his school’s International Baccalaureate history program, and then advocated for intensive outreach to recruit more students of color into the course. He designed a special history class for English language learners that paired high expectations with an appreciation for their language and culture. His classes weave the Common Core’s focus on reading, writing, discussion, and analysis into the study of history so that students not only master important content but also learn key skills they can apply in other courses and in their lives beyond school.

“All of my students are capable of so much and part of the joy of teaching is watching them learn and grow past what they thought possible,” said Lindblad. “I’m deeply committed to helping many of my students become the first in their families to attend college, and one way I can support that is by encouraging all of my kids to take rigorous IB college prep classes. In my classes, we have a keen focus on literacy. Students are constantly reading, participating in animated, student-led discussions, and writing on-demand essays that allow them to practice vital literacy skills as they learn about and explore our nation’s history."

In addition, Mr. Lindblad has given back to the profession by mentoring more than 20 student teachers. As Teacher of the Year, Lindblad will serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers and will attend the Washington Recognition Week for Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. in April where he will meet President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Mr. Lindblad will receive a $5,000 cash award.


Click here PDF to access Michael Lindblad's application.


Teacher of the Year in the News

  • Gresham Educator named Oregon’s Teacher of the Year (Portland Tribune)
  • Gresham High’s Michael Lindblad named state Teacher of the Year (Gresham Outlook)
  • Michael Lindblad named Teacher of the Year (Marylhurst University)
  • Gresham High’s Michael Lindblad named Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year (Oregonian)
  • Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year named at Gresham High (Oregon School Boards Association)
  • Talking with Oregon’s 2015 Teacher of the Year (Think Out Loud- OPB)




  • About the Program:

    Every year, each of the 50 states names a teacher of the year. The Oregon Teacher of the Year Program started in 1955 when elementary school teacher Margaret (Perry) Teufel of Monmouth Elementary School won the honor.

    Candidates for Oregon Teacher of the Year should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled educators in grades preK-12 (administrative responsibilities should be of secondary consideration). The candidate should be planning to continue in an active teaching status.

    In addition, candidates for Oregon Teacher of the Year should:
    • inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
    • have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues
    • play an active role in the community as well as in school
    • be a poised and articulate representative of all Oregon classroom teachers



    Past Oregon Teacher of the Year Recipients
    2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
    Brett Bigham Nanette Lehman Elena Garcia-Velasco Colleen Works Donna DuBois Michael Lampert
    2008: Michael Geisen  |   2007: Jackie Cooke  |   2006: Alan Bruner  |   2005: Steven Wyborney  |  
    2004: Catherine H. Thurber-Brown  |   2003: Carrie Carpenter   |   2002: Deborah White  |   2001: Norma Barber  |  
    2000: Xochitl Fuhriman-Ebert   |   1999: Dave Bertholf   |   1998: Nicki Hudson


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