Hopkins teacher, Marika Conrad, receives national recognition

posted Sep 17, 2013, 12:53 PM by Corey Thompson
The National Council for Geographic Education has recognized Marika Conrad, a fifth grade teacher at Hopkins Elementary, with a Distinguished Teaching Award.  

The Distinguished Teaching Award honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and learning of geography in the classroom.  Only nine teachers across the nation were selected for this award.  Mrs. Conrad is the only recipient from Oregon.

"Geography is often one of the subjects that doesn't receive much attention, but it is easy to integrate into reading, math and other subjects,” said Mrs. Conrad.  “Students love learning about it and it helps them understand the world they live in better."

Mrs. Conrad was nominated for the award by the Center of Geography Education in Oregon, an organization she has been a part of for ten years.

Sponsored by the Oregon Geographic Alliance, she traveled to Denver, Colorado in August to attend the 98th annual National Conference on Geography Education where she was presented with her award during a special ceremony.  The Sherwood School District Board of Directors also honored her at their meeting on August 21, 2013.

 “We know we have incredible teachers and staff in our school district, so it’s really exciting when others recognize that talent with awards such as this one,” said Superintendent Heather Cordie. “We are so proud of Mrs. Conrad and appreciate her exceptional commitment to her students and the District.”