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Reynolds teacher studies Mount Vernon

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Teresa Osborne gets 3 weeks at President George Washington's home.

COURTESY PHOTO - Built in 1735, Mount Vernon has been meticulously restored to look much like it did when the father of our country lived there. Teresa Osborne, a teacher at Reynolds High School, won a prestigious fellowship award that will send her to Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate in Virginia to study for three weeks.

"I am so pleased by this. The ability to examine original documents, to research topics, and then to actually write up lessons to use with students — and to do so with plenty of time — is amazing," Osborne said. She was named the program's Reese Teacher Fellow.

COURTESY PHOTO - Teresa Osborne, a teacher at Reynolds High School for 33 years, will study the relationship between George Washington and his neighbor and co-revolutionary. Osborne is the head of the social studies department and has taught at Reynolds for 33 years. She also teaches the AVID course, which is a college prep class for students who might not normally consider themselves college material.

Osborne will use primary, historical documents and create lessons that provide students opportunities to examine the relationship between George Mason and George Washington.

These revolutionary contemporaries and neighbors provide a way to show how events of the revolution, the founding of our country and the debate over ratification had an effect on lives and relationships in different ways over time, the award noted.

The Reynolds teacher will study at Mount Vernon for 10 days this summer and 10 days in the summer of 2018.

Osborne has taught courses including advanced placement government, economics, advanced placement European history, U.S. history, modern world history and media and society. In 2001, Osborne was selected as the high school teacher of the year by the Oregon Council for the Social Studies.

She has also developed curriculum for the Oregon History Center, Kinder Care Distance Learning and has been an adjunct instructor at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College.

"By offering funded residential study opportunities for classroom teachers and educators through its Library, Mount Vernon is taking an important step to improve the quality of history education, drawing renewed focus and interest on the founding era and on the remarkable traits and accomplishments of George Washington," said the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, the nonprofit organization that maintains the estate and artifacts.

Osborne also recently received an award from Kaiser Permanente, the health care giant. Osborne received Kaiser Permanente's Outstanding Educator award, which includes a $5,000 donation to Reynolds High School.