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Talking With Oregon's 2015 Teacher Of The Year

Michael Lindblad

Michael Lindblad

Wyatt DeRemer

Every year the Oregon Department of Education picks one exceptional, dedicated teacher who, among other things, “inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.”

This year, it gave the honor to Michael Lindblad, a Social Studies teacher at Gresham High School. The DOE cited his nearly twenty years of teaching experience:

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.

We’ll talk with Lindblad about what drives him as an educator, and what this award means to him.

Who have your most influential teachers been? What did they teach you?

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