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Roosevelt teacher wins educator award

May 05, 2011
Elena Garcia-Velasco
Elena Garcia-Velasco, winner of an Outstanding High School Educator Award, in her classroom at Roosevelt.
Innovation and "exemplary" teaching have earned Elena Garcia-Velasco of Roosevelt High School one of five metro-area educator awards.
As a recipient of an Outstanding High School Educator Award, Garcia-Velasco and four peers each received a $500 cash prize and recognition at a dinner May 3.

The Portland Tribune, Community Newspapers and the Oregon State University College of Business present the awards annually based on nominations by students, teacher and administrators.

Award organizers praise Garcia-Velasco for encouraging all students to complete rigorous courses at Roosevelt, and for spreading a "college-bound philosophy among students."

Says Elisa Schorr, a Roosevelt vice principal: "Elena is a master teacher who uses rigorous expectations, a solid understanding of best practice and meaningful relationships with students to push her kids to exceed beyond their own expectations and prepare them for college and beyond."

Schorr calls it a "pleasure to watch her teach," adding, "She advocates for her students in all cases and keeps them at the center of our work."

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