Teacher honored for making a difference

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Shumway — Lynn Ingraham, teacher at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, was honored with a 2011 Teacher of Excellence Award from The Evergreen State College in November. Ingraham was nominated by Allison Bleiler, a former student.

Incoming students at Evergreen were asked to nominate the teacher they felt made the biggest difference in their education.

“Ms. Ingraham was always supportive, funny, and someone I could always talk to no matter what was going on. For me, Ms. Ingraham didn’t just teach language and math, but she taught me how to be a better, stronger woman and how to be proud of who I am and what I was doing, even if it was difficult. She was a friend and mentor when I needed one most,” Bleiler said.

Ingraham was one of 40 teachers from 11 U.S. states and four countries to receive the Excellence Award. Each teacher received a certificate and a window decal.