“It’s quite an honor,” said Little Butte 1st grade teacher Shirley Blanchard on her appointment by Governor Kulongoski to the Teachers Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC). Her appointment was ratified by the Senate Committee, which included Senator Atkinson, last week.
The commission reviews teacher licensure, and deals with discipline issues that come before the commission. Blanchard will be the only early childhood representative on the committee. The term is for three years. In addition to considerable data transmitted via email, the committee will meet 10 days during the year.
Blanchard is completing her 35th as a teacher. She was one of the first Oregon teachers to gain recognition as Nationally Certified. In addition, she is recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Oregon. She has earned recognition not only for her teaching skills, but for work she has done at the state level.
Never afraid to speak up or to have an opinion that may from her peers, Blanchard designed a first grade standard base for testing, something she was told could not be done.
She also helped design ORELA, a test teachers getting their first license in Oregon must take and pass. It has been in use for eight years.
Shirley and her husband, John, have three children; the youngest, Andrew, is a senior at EPHS.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent