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.

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.


Want to become a sponsor of the Golden Pear Awards?

We would like to thank all of the sponsors of the Golden Pear Awards.
This amazing event would not be possible without your support.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please click here

Congratulations to our 2018 Golden Pear Finalists

Claudia Miller   Rene Aaronson

Classified Finalist: Claudia Miller – Student Services                                Classified Finalist: Rene Aaronson – Griffin Creek Elementary


Anthony Ameral   Michelle Larsen

Classified Finalist: Anthony Ameral – Hedrick Middle School                 Classified Finalist: Michelle Larsen – North Medford High School


Pam Thoren   Tisha Richmond

Classified Finalist: Pam Thoren – Facilities                                                 Teacher Finalist: Tisha Richmond – South Medford High School


Jennifer McKenzie   Jay Schroder

Teacher Finalist: Jennifer McKenzie – South Medford High School       Teacher Finalist: Jay Schroder – Central Medford High School


Bridget McMillen   Dino Rossi

Teacher Finalist: Bridget McMillen – Jefferson Elementary                    Teacher Finalist: Dino Rossi – Lone Pine Elementary


Steve Kessler   Sarah Costa

Teacher Finalist: Steve Kessler – North Medford High School               Teacher Finalist: Sarah Costa – Washington Elementary


Mark Happeny   Derek Mauldin

Teacher Finalist: Mark Happeny – McLoughlin Middle School              Teacher Finalist – Derek Mauldin – Hedrick Middle School


Kirstie Christopherson

Teacher Finalist: Kirstie Christopherson – North Medford High School

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