Inspirational Teacher Awards presented to nine educators

EOU announces recipients of Inspirational Teacher AwardsEOU student-teacher at LHS computer class

March 13, 2018 LA GRANDE, Ore. – First-year honor students at Eastern Oregon University have nominated nine educators from across Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to receive 2018 Inspirational Teacher Awards.

Freshmen who maintained dean’s list standing during fall term 2017 nominated a high school teacher who influenced them on the road to higher education and academic excellence. EOU presents the Inspirational Teacher Awards annually in recognition of outstanding high school teachers who encourage and represent the importance of higher education to their students.

Cari Eckstein, a graduate of Elgin High School, Elgin, OR, recommended Dawn Guentert, a science instructor.

Ethan Gallant, a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Portland, OR, recommended Aric Ward who teaches world religions.

Darby Gassett, a graduate of Enterprise High School, Enterprise, OR, recommended Duff Pace, an instructor of history and modern problems.

Katie Kitchell, a graduate of Lighthouse Academy, Island City, OR, recommended April Neumann from the math and science staff and Robin Parker from the English staff.

Grant Lynch, a graduate of McLoughlin High School, Milton Freewater, OR, recommended Eric Lynn, a member of the English department.

Deon Nguyen, a graduate of Admiral Arthur Radford High School, Honolulu, HI, recommended Denise Mina, an instructor in the career and techical education department.

Emma Page, a graduate of Greenleaf Friends Academy, Greenleaf, ID, recommended LaRona Ezell, a member of the English staff.

Madison Pilon, a graduate of Tumwater High School, Tumwater, WA, recommended Kristin Jewell, a librarian and member of the freshman honors English staff.

EOU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and educator, committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and learning environment. Making excellence inclusive is a key element of the university’s strategic plan. For a full list of past recipients, visit

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