By Luke Hegdal
STANFIELD Larry Newman, ag teacher in Stanfield, has been selected as the Teacher of the Year for the second year in a row.
Last year Nelson won the local teacher of the year award, and he has been selected as the Oregon Teacher of the Year for 2007.
The award, given by the Wal-Mart Foundation, carries with it a $10,000 prize that will be used for the Stanfield Secondary School.
"Mr. Newman instills a passion for learning in all his students," said Principal Steve Ellis during a speech to the school.
"He's really fun to be with," said Stanfield senior Taylor Blackburn, who has taken Newman's classes since the seventh grade. "But he keeps the class under control. He's the reason I'm actually in FFA."
Newman has been teaching at Stanfield since 1988, and said he was completely surprised by the award.
"I'm not sure what to say," Newman said when asked to speak during the assembly, adding, "There's no place that's any better to teach than right here in Stanfield."
Newman teaches mainly vocational classes, including agriculture, wood shop, metal shop, and drafting.
"It makes you feel like at least what you're doing has some impact,"
Newman said of the recognition by several of his students during the ceremony. "That's a really good feeling."
As the winner of the Oregon Teacher of the Year award, Nelson will be eligible for the National Teacher of the Year award, and $50,000 for the school.