I am honored to be a recipient of the Presidential Award. This award celebrates the many colleagues, administrators, students and families who have supported, challenged, and encouraged me along the way in my profession. Receiving this award validates my passion for teaching and the commitment I have every day for challenging students to meet high expectations, providing positive hands-on learning, and working to help all students be successful in the classroom and in their daily lives.

Sharon Angal Hillsboro, OR | K-6, Science, 2016

Sharon Angal has been an educator for the last 26 years. She currently teaches mathematics and science to third graders at Quatama Elementary School where she has taught since 2008. As the Teacher on Special Assignment, she serves as a science support for fellow teachers. Sharon likes her students to learn about real world problems in science, as well as see potential career opportunities that are associated with the science industry. Sharon uses place-based phenomena to make learning meaningful and relevant. She encourages hands-on activities and integrates multiple content areas to provide challenging, fun lessons. She is most proud of her partnership with the Oregon Zoo. This partnership has provided positive experiences for many of the students at Quatama Elementary. Sharon received the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from her school district in 2016. She has been awarded grants for innovative technology and science. Sharon has presented professional development at the local, state, and national levels. She co-authored an article in Science and Children, a National Science Teachers Association journal. Sharon earned a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Western Oregon. She has completed endorsements for English Speakers of Other Languages and Reading, and received a certificate for Instructor of Science Teaching K-6.