With the Oregon Legislature at work, community college leaders hope to see increased funding. Chemeketa Community College also wants changes to allow advanced nursing degrees.
Heyen decides against seeking 3rd school board term, citing intense criticism
A veteran member of the Salem-Keizer School Board is not seeking another term, citing political bullying she has endured. Marty Heyen was elected to the board in 2015.
CRYSTALS: An ‘auntie’ to dozens, Swahili outreach worker helps new families find their way
Rahel Owenya serves as interpreter, transportation coordinator, tutor, emotional support and more for Swahili-speaking families in local schools. She’s one of 89 local educators nominated for a 2023 Crystal Apple award.
Star horn player and Salem native returns for lessons and show with student musicians
A veteran musician who’s played with some of the biggest names in music returns to Salem for clinics on Friday, Feb. 3, with high school students. A public concert is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Chemeketa to become first community college in Oregon to offer four-year degree
Developing leaders from business employees is one goal of a new program at Chemeketa Community College. The Salem college will be the first in Oregon to offer a 4-year degree.
CRYSTALS: A former ‘fidget kid’ keeps it real while mentoring newer teachers
Margaret Hill has taught fifth grade for a decade at Bush Elementary School, bringing humor, honesty and high expectations to her classroom. She’s one of 89 local educators nominated for a 2023 Crystal Apple award.
CRYSTALS: ‘Fate’ led alternative school counselor to her calling
Jeanette Aguirre started at Roberts High School as an office worker, but found students crowded around her desk after learning she could relate to their experiences. She’s one of 89 local educators nominated for a 2023 Crystal Apple award.
Salem mom who is small business owner to run for Salem-Keizer School Board
A northeast Salem parent has declared her intent to run for a seat on the Salem-Keizer School Board. Casity Troutt is seeking the seat currently held by Marty Heyen.
Faye Wright Elementary School donates hundreds of books to Filipino children
A Salem father’s connections to the Philippines inspired a student book drive at Faye Wright Elementary School in Salem. Hundreds of books are now heading overseas to be given to students.
CRYSTALS: A dual language teacher’s American Dream comes true at West Salem High School
Dennise Pozos Gonzalez is known for elaborate, interactive history lessons taught in Spanish and her efforts to make all students feel welcome and supported in class. She’s one of 89 local educators nominated for a 2023 Crystal Apple award.