- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in Central Oregon recently named the state’s teacher of the year will be celebrated at a community event in Bend next week.

Heather Anderson, who teaches at an elementary school in Bend, was named Oregon’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.

KTVZ reports that Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson will recognize Anderson at the Jan. 12 gathering.

Thanks to Anderson and her colleagues, Juniper Elementary ranks in the top 5 percent of high-poverty schools in Oregon when it comes to student achievement.

Anderson is a native Oregonian who began her career as a student-teacher in Mexico. As teacher of the year, she gets $5,000 and will meet President Obama next spring in Washington D.C.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, https://www.ktvz.com/

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