Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Educators are honored

Schools celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week


by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Shannon Todd, who teaches health at Lake Oswego High School, checks out her photo, which was part of last weeks faculty room décor.Students and staff at Lake Oswego schools celebrated educators last week during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Activities and tributes were many and varied at schools throughout the nation and close to home, including Lake Oswego Junior High and Westridge Elementary schools.

LOJHS parents and staff fussed over teachers all week, bringing them baked goods and home-cooked treats. The faculty room was bedecked with teachers’ photos, and the whole school sported a festive atmosphere. The theme was “Return to Your Childhood,” and on display were vintage toys, including an Easy Bake Oven and a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine.

LOJHS Principal Ann Gerson said educators deserve kudos, and throwing a celebration in their honor is a good way to do that.

“Teaching is hard enough, and we need to support each other,” Gerson said.

Wendy Podpora, a teacher at LOJHS, said her favorite day was when she was treated to homemade soups and salads.

“The whole week was actually pretty fabulous,” said Podpora, who teaches sixth-grade language arts and social studies.

Her favorite part of the job is building relationships with students, Podpora said. The school staff and the parents truly appreciate the teachers, and the students seem to feel the same way, she said.

“One of the things I really notice here is we have really polite students,” Podpora said. “I’m really struck by how often my students say ‘thank you’ when they’re leaving, or they say ‘have a nice day.’ So, (teacher appreciation) is an everyday thing here.”

Across Oswego Lake, Westridge Elementary School also was bursting with celebration and educator pride.

One of the most popular days at the school during Teacher Appreciation Week is flower day, said Analeis Weidlich, co-president of the Westridge Parent Teacher Student Organization.

“Teachers, they are like your child’s second mom or dad,” Weidlich said. “They’re raising your kids right along with you. It takes a village to raise a child.”



Local Weather

Mostly Cloudy

52°F

Lake Oswego

Mostly Cloudy

Humidity: 97%

Wind: 6 mph

  • 23 Oct 2014

    Cloudy 59°F 49°F

  • 24 Oct 2014

    PM Rain 59°F 49°F