Edelmira “Connie” Garcia, who teaches at Sam Boardman Elementary School, recently received an A+ for her efforts.

A longtime employee of the InterMountain Education Service District, she was named the 2019 Title I-C Migrant Education Teacher of the Year.

The Oregon Department of Education honored Garcia Nov. 15 during the 2019 Migrant Education Program Conference in Salem.

The award is presented to an educator who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to Oregon’s migrant students, their families and to the Migrant Education Program in Oregon.

Eric Volger, IMESD’s MEP Coordinator, said Garcia is engaging, energetic, organized and compassionate.

While teaching preschool-aged children, she creates lessons that are interactive and fun, involving students in song, dance and games. Garcia’s passion for teaching, Volger said, contributes to a successful learning environment and an excellent rapport with students.

“In my nearly three decades in education, I have never witnessed a pre-K teacher who is more engaging and effective than Connie,” he said.

“She is absolutely worthy of being recognized as Title I-C Teacher of the Year.”

Michele Madril, director of communication, said IMESD’s Migrant Education Program served 1,362 students in the 2018-19 school year.

For more information, contact Madril at 541-966-3115 or michele.madril@imesd.k12.or.us.

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