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Special Needs Teacher Selected Oregon Teacher Of The Year

OPB | Oct. 16, 2013 3:48 p.m. | Portland

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The state education department named Brett Bigham Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. He’s a teacher at the Multnomah Education Service District.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaks at award ceremony for Brett Bigham Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaks at award ceremony for Brett Bigham Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Sergio Cisneros / OPB

Bigham has been a teacher in the Portland area for nearly ten years. He leads a classroom that focuses on functional living skills for special needs students.

Bigham says that winning the Teacher of the Year award is a complete surprise, especially since he had heard the award would be a long shot for a special ed teacher.

“So it was an unexpected win. I kind of thought it would probably follow that trend. Just simply because the special ed teaching programs are smaller. A lot of times we aren’t out to be seen as much as other programs,” Bigham said.

As Oregon’s Teacher of the Year, Bigham will attend the National Teacher of the Year forum in Washington D.C. He will receive a $5000 cash award, too.

Oregon’s Teacher of the Year program began in 1955.

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