PHS teacher Sonia Cooley was recently recognized as the Eastern Oregon University 2017 Culturally Responsive Teacher Leader. The award is given every other year to a teacher in the region.
Cooley was honored for her work in the Oregon Teacher Pathway (OTP) program.
Tawnya Lubbes, director of EOU’s Center for Culturally Responsive Practices, said that Cooley has become a lead instructor for the university’s partner Oregon Teacher Pathway (OTP) high school courses. Lubbes said that through Cooley’s leadership in the program, Pendleton has the largest number of OTP college students at EOU in La Grande.
“Her work as an advocate and mentor for her students has been recognized by her students, colleagues, administrators and community members. Sonia has been an integral leader in our Oregon Teacher Pathway (OTP) program over the past few years and has helped in enabling strong leaders toward a pathway of education,” Lubbes said.
Pendleton Superintendent Chris Fritsch congratulates Cooley on this honor and recognizes the ongoing dedication she shows to providing pathways for success to so many students.
Cooley said her approach to culturally responsive teaching is about respecting and adopting all cultures in and out of the classroom, while helping all students reach their educational goals.