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District News

January 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gresham High School teacher named best in state by Oregon Council for the Social Studies

Gresham High School social studies teacher Michael Lindblad has been named “State Social Studies Teacher of the Year” by the Oregon Council for the Social Studies. Lindblad has taught at Gresham High School for fourteen years.
 
“Mr. Lindblad brings an energy and enthusiasm to his classroom that is unique,” said Principal John Koch. “Through social studies, he encourages students to become citizens of the world, making him an asset to our school and our community.”
 
Lindblad teaches Global Studies and International Baccalaureate History of the Americas. His area of specialty is World and Latin American History. He has visited four continents, lived in Peru, and speaks Spanish.
 
Each year Lindblad’s students go out into the community to raise awareness or funds to help local, national, or international places in need. His classes have helped citizens in Haiti Japan, New Jersey, and the Philippines. Students have made dresses for children in orphanages, held benefit concerts or events, and worked with local restaurants. Last year students persuaded a local bagel shop to create a Jersey sub to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.

In addition to his work at Gresham High School, Lindblad taught the Engaging Community class at Lewis and Clark College and prepares the next generation of social studies instructors by working with student teachers. He has worked with the Marylhurst University Teacher Education Department since 2008.

The Oregon Council for the Social Studies (OCSS) honors outstanding educators annually. The council’s selection committee stated that Mr. Lindblad was the most demonstrative of values that a social studies teacher should have—going beyond state curriculum, teaching civic engagement and responsibility, and reaching out to kids of different backgrounds.
 
The OCSS operates in conjunction with the National Council for the Social Studies. The OCSS participates in statewide advocacy efforts and holds regional workshops and an annual conference.
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