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The 2018 Winners are announced!

Golden Pear Support Staff Finalists

Pam Thoren - Facilities and Grounds Dept.

Anothony Ameral - NTS/Hedrick Middle School

Michelle Larsen - North Medford High School

Rene Aaronson - Griffin Creek Elementary

Claudia Miller - Special Ed. and Student Services

Golden Pear Teacher Finalists

Jay Shroder - Central Medford High School

Jennifer McKenzie - South Medford High School

Kirstie Christopherson - North Medford High School

Derek Mauldin - Hedrick Middle School

Dino Rossi - Lone Pine Elementary

Sarah Costa - Washington Elementary School

Tisha Richmond - South Medford High School

Mark Happeny - McLoughlin Middle School

Steve Kessler - North Medford High School

Bridgett McMillen - Jefferson Elementary School

Each of the four award winners will receive a trophy, $1,500 from the Medford Schools Foundation for professional development or for their classrooms/programs, and recognition at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

You are invited to attend a gala event that will include:

Dinner, student performances, silent auction and the award ceremony.

Semi-formal attire 


The event is open to staff, families, and the entire community
We encourage our business partners to purchase a table!
You may purchase tickets by visiting

MEA has partnered with Medford School District and OSEA to launch Medford's first teacher recognition program!


The Golden Pear Teacher Recognition Program's mission is to celebrate and honor excellence in teaching for those who are improving the lives of students. Publicly recognizing outstanding teachers elevates the profession of teaching encourages students to think about teaching as a career, and provides the community a sense of investment in their teacher s who are making a positive impact on students' lives every day.

In the same token, there are many other amazing staff supporting and assisting Medford teachers and staff. It takes dedicated and caring individuals to help provide kids with the tools they n eed to graduate and to be lifelong learners. Our Support Staff have an important role in assisting students not only with their academic education, but also in helping them to grow as individuals.  A Golden Pear Support Staff Employee is an individual who can inspire and lift students, is respected by those around them, plays an active role in the school or the district, andis a person who tries to make the educational experience a valuable one for students.

One educator from each category will be selected next spring: elementary, middle school, high school, support staff

Nomination forms are closed.

Nominate an educator today!

Teacher nomination form

Support Staff nomination form

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