In a surprise announcement during an early morning Zoom staff meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Clackamas High School (CHS) educator Ethelyn Tumalad was named and celebrated as Oregon’s 2022 Teacher of the Year! Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill and Deputy Director Carmen Xiomara Urbina virtually joined North Clackamas School District Superintendent Shay James and Clackamas High School Assistant Principal Alyssa Engle in honoring Tumalad as an exemplary educator, student advocate, and equity champion.
A video message from Governor Kate Brown was played during the announcement event, offering personalized congratulations and gratitude to Tumalad. “Inside and outside of the classroom, Ethelyn is a strong advocate, a wonderful listener, and an empathetic colleague, teacher and friend,” she stated in the video. “Educators like you are the shining stars our students need.”