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Highland teacher selected for GBSD 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award

May 19, 2021

Highland Elementary School teacher honored with Gresham-Barlow School District’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Award celebrates teachers who excel in inspiring a love of learning in students 


The Gresham-Barlow School District announced that Amanda Jensen, third grade teacher at Highland Elementary School, is the recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Jensen has served as a classroom teacher since 2014. Currently a third grade teacher, she has also taught second grade. Jensen earned her master’s degree in teaching from the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She has a bachelor of arts from the University of San Francisco. Jensen earned the Equity Certificate for School Leaders from the University of Portland and The Center for Equity and Inclusion in 2017. Jensen is known for exhibiting teacher leadership. She has facilitated professional development and presented at a variety of conferences. She is a reflective, data driven practitioner focused on social justice, equity, and anti-racist education. Jensen is a collaborative educator active in Professional Learning Communities.

This award was created to honor teachers who are representative of all excellent teachers in Gresham-Barlow School District.

The most important qualification is that the nominees excel in inspiring a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Watch as Superintendent Perera and her administrative team surprises Amanda Jensen with the Excellence in Teaching Award! 

The criterion for the Excellence in Teaching Award are:

  • Have the respect and admiration of their colleagues
  • Be an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
  • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
  • Deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation inside and outside of the classroom that embodies lifelong learning
  • Express themselves in an engaging and articulate and respectful way