Karen Doran Teacher of the Year Finalist

Karen Doran Teacher of the Year Finalist
Posted on 06/21/2018
Karen Doran Teacher of the Year FinalistKaren Doran has been chosen as the 2019 Olympic ESD #114 Regional Teacher of the Year Finalist. She will now have her application packet forwarded onto OSPI for consideration in the 2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year Program!

For the past four years, Doran has taught grades five and six In the Ridge Program (highly capable) at Roosevelt Elementary. 

Karen has a love for math and believes that every student can learn math at any level. For the past four years she has hosted a Math Club that challenges students to develop their mathematical thinking. As a result of her work she has helped create a building culture that is focused on respect and student success. 

Karen feels it is important to give students time to develop their talents and find their passion. “Teachers need to understand that we are teaching more than how to read, write, and do arithmetic,” says Doran.  “We need to support students in their talent development while supporting their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.”

“We are so proud of her dedication, love of learning, leadership and hard work,” said Roosevelt Elementary Principal Michelle Olsen. “We are excited to have Karen represent Roosevelt and the Port Angeles School District!”

Doran’s first teaching assignment in the PASD was at Stevens Middle School as a reading interventionist.  Prior to that, Doran taught at Olympic Christian School for five years.  She is currently working on a Masters in Elementary Mathematics Instruction and her National Board Certification.

“Karen Doran is a “Master Teacher” for students and staff, a lifelong learner with an unequaled compassion to see that every student reaches their potential,” said Assistant Superintendent Chuck Lisk, who hired her when he was principal of Stevens Middle School.  “Students in Ms. Doran’s classes benefits from her instructional skills, love for education and ability to engage students in the learning process on a daily basis.”

For more information on the Washington State Teacher of the Year program, go to http://www.k12.wa.us/educationawards/TOY/.

Photo By Patsene Dashiell/Port Angeles School District – Roosevelt Elementary teacher Karen Doran is the 2019 Olympic ESD #114 Regional Teacher of the Year Finalist.

For additional assistance, please contact:

M. Patsene Dashiell
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
Ph: 360-565-3703
Port Angeles School District
Central Services – 216 East 4th Street
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