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Bethel School District Celebrates Oregon's 2021 Teacher Of The Year


Irving Elementary School in North Eugene is home to Oregon’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Second grade teacher Nicole Butler-Hooten was bestowed the honor by Gov. Kate Brown during a Zoom staff meeting on Tuesday.

Butler-Hooten has been at Irving Elementary for 14 years. In a release announcing the award, Gov. Brown said “every day, Nicole demonstrates how inclusive and cultural competent education has the power to shape our future for generations to come." She added that  “her seamless incorporation of equity into the classroom sets an example for us all, as we work to make Oregon a welcoming place that sets every student up for success from cradle to career.”

Butler-Hooten was awarded 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year in May. She’ll receive a $5,000 cash award as 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year and a matching $5,000 is also awarded to Irving Elementary which is in the Bethel School District.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.