Golden Pear

The purpose of Golden Pear Awards is to celebrate excellence among the teaching and support staff in the Medford School District and honor those who are improving the lives of students and changing the world every day. We also hope it elevates the profession and provides the community with a sense of pride. We are grateful to the sponsors of this program: MSD, MEA, OSEA, Medford Schools Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and Neuman Hotel Group.

The Golden Pear Teacher Recognition Program’s mission is to celebrate and honor excellence in teaching for those teachers who are improving the lives of students.  Publicly recognizing outstanding teachers elevates the profession of teaching, encourages students to think about teaching as a career, and provides the community a sense of pride and investment in their teachers who are making a positive impact on student’s lives every day. Join us as we elect three Golden Pear Teachers annually, one from an elementary, middle and high school level.

The mission of the Golden Pear Support Staff Recognition Program is to highlight the amazing people we have assisting and supporting our students and staff.  It takes many dedicated and caring individuals to help provide kids with the tools they need to graduate and to be lifelong learners. Our Support Staff at the Medford School District have an important role in assisting students not only with their academic education but also in helping them to grow as individuals. A Golden Pear Support Staff Employee is that individual who can inspire and lift students, is respected by those around them, plays an active role in the school or the district, and is a person who tries to make the educational experience a valuable one for students and families. Join us, as we elect one Golden Pear Support Staff Member annually.

2019 Golden Pear Gala

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Congratulations to our 2019 Golden Pear Finalists

Jeri Childress

  • Support Staff: Jerri Childress – North Medford High


    Stephanie Malone

    Support Staff: Stephanie Malone – Network Telecommunications Services


    Allison Vieira

    Support Staff: Allison Vieira – Griffin Creek Elementary


    Teresa McGrath

    Elementary Teacher: Teresa McGrath – Griffin Creek Elementary


    Julie Becksted

    Middle School Teacher: Julie Becksted – Hedrick Middle


    Pieter Voskes

    Middle School Teacher: Peiter Voskes – Hedrick Middle


    Kelly Larson

    High School Teacher: Kelly Larson – North Medford High


    Kathleen Thomas

    High School Teacher: Kathleen Thomas – North Medford High


    Terri Dahl

    Leader: Terri Dahl – Director, Federal Programs and School Improvement

  • Aaron Costa

    Support Staff: Aaron Costa – South Medford High School

    Amy Morell

    Support Staff: Amy Morell – Kennedy Elementary

    Jill Fjeldheim

    Elementary Teacher: Jill Fjeldheim – Hoover Elementary

    Gina Palmesano

    Elementary Teacher: Gina Palmesano – Griffin Creek Elementary

    Eric Thomas

    Middle School Teacher: Eric Thomas – McLoughlin Middle

    Kirstie Christopherson

    High School Teacher: Kirstie Christopherson – North Medford High 

    Juliemarie Thomas

    High School Teacher: Juliemarie Thomas – Central Medford High

    Ron Havniear

    Leader: Ron Havniear – Manager, Support Services

Click here to view pictures from the event, courtesy of Gerry Katz Photography: Professional Golden Pear Pictures.