Tualatin Teacher 'Honored' with National Award

Receives $5,000 cash and story by award-winning journalist

Washington, DC - January 1, 2021

Brenda Alarcón, a 4th-grade teacher at Bridgeport Elementary school in Tualatin, Oregon has been given the prestigious national Honored National Teaching Award for January. As part of this award, Alarcón, received a $5,000 cash award and a $1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card. She also had her story composed by award-winning journalist, Kavitha Cardoza.

Alarcón, an Oregon native, has taught for 27 years all over the country. Building strong relationships with students and families, Ms. Alarcon is dedicated to supporting all students, especially those who come from difficult backgrounds. Brenda Mathis, the foster parent and Grandmother of Blake, who nominated Alarcon, credits her with building a strong family-teacher partnership in and out of school to increase her grandson’s confidence in the classroom. Mathis says:

“I could start crying just thinking about it. I mean, no teacher has ever gone over and above like that for either of my kids or even when I was a kid. No teacher ever reached out like that. She’s phenomenal.”

Read the full story of Brenda Alarcón and Blake and Brenda Mathis at https://www.honored.org/honoree/brenda-alarcon/

About Honored

Honored is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping great teachers in the classroom and to inspiring a new generation of talent to pursue teaching. Each month, Honored shines a spotlight on a teacher who has changed the life of a single student. The Honoree receives a $5,000 cash award, and Honored partners with a world-class writer to tell their story. Honorees are selected from K-12 teachers of all subjects at public, private and charter schools across the country. Honored’s National Advisory Board includes luminaries such as the internationally best-selling author Michael Lewis, DonorsChoose.org founder Charles Best, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp, and FEED cofounder Lauren Bush Lauren.

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