Filipino-American educator Ethelyn Tumalad has been named Oregon state’s Teacher of the Year for 2022. 

Tumalad, who was born in the Philippines and only started teaching professionally four years ago, works as an English and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher at Clackamas High School. 

Before taking the national award, she was named the regional teacher of the year, qualifying her for the statewide award program, which she eventually won. 

As the winner of this year’s teacher award, Tumalad will be the spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

She’ll receive a $5,000 cash award and a year-long professional development and networking with other State Teachers of the Year, which will be provided by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) through its National Teacher of the Year program. Her school will also receive a matching $5,000 cash award.

Apart from teaching, Tumalad serves as an advisor for the CHS Asian Pacific Islander (API) Student Union and co-leads the CHS Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) staff affinity group. She also leads district affinity groups and other state equity efforts.

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