PORTLAND, Ore. - Four exceptional high school teachers from Oregon City, Bend, Klamath Falls and Vancouver, Wash. are this year's recipients of the Outstanding High School Business Educator Award, presented by Oregon State University's College of Business and Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers.

Honorees will be recognized at the 2010 College of Business Alumni & Business Partner Awards dinner on Thursday, May 6, in Portland and will each receive a $500 cash prize.

The annual awards recognize high school educators whose efforts have improved student achievement, used innovative and exemplary instructional strategies and enhanced student learning of business concepts. Winners were selected based on their philosophy in teaching business concepts and how their efforts improved business education in innovative ways.

Nominations were submitted from throughout Oregon and southwest Washington and were made by students, fellow teachers and administrators.

"We believe that it is through a healthy, sustainable and growing economy that we provide for great communities, a great state and fund important public services," said Steve Clark, president of the Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers.

The following teachers received this year's Outstanding High School Business Educator Award:

  • Sherril Daniels, Oregon City High School, Oregon City. Daniels is a marketing teacher at and adviser to the school's marketing club. Her nominees credited her with providing quality hands-on learning experiences for students. Under her advising, the school's marketing club has participated in state and international competitions.
  • Lucinda Josephson, Legacy High School, Vancouver, Wash. Josephson was nominated for her efforts to provide a diverse group of students the skills required in the workplace. In her marketing and digital communications classes, she is credited with teaching students how marketing should relate to diverse cultures and how Web communication should serve as a link between students and their peers.
  • Judy Story, Mazama High School, Klamath Falls. Story has been teaching for 31 years and consistently utilizes business partnerships to help teach and inform students. Students in her classes are also required to make presentations to business people, seek out internships, and participate in the school's business clubs.
  • Kristen Torkelson, Bend Senior High School, Bend. Torkelson was nominated for her efforts to teach students by using activities and experiences that are modeled on the practices of modern-day businesses. Her students help manage the school's student store and coffee shop. Her students have expanded their efforts to include an online student store.

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