Feature Teacher: Debbie Orange
“In September, our school applauds the achievements of our students at a STAR celebration. Since I am an eighth grade teacher, several of my former students will return from high school to attend this special event. One year, a freshman high school student who had been challenged by my classes at Lassen View School sat down next to me. I could tell that he wanted to say something so I asked him about his high school classes. He looked at me and said, “You know, Ms. Orange, in seventh grade we all thought you were the meanest teacher ever! Then in eighth grade, we began to realize that you were not mean; you really cared about our education. Now when I sit in my high school classes, I look around and see some of my classmates struggling. You taught me that if I did my homework and tried my hardest, I could learn anything. Now, I appreciate you.”
Debbie Orange has a lot of confidence in the abilities of her students. She expects great things from them, so that they can in turn expect great things from themselves. It is this dedication and belief that all students can learn and thrive that earned her the honor of being feature teacher for the month of January 2012. “As a teacher, you must accept that at any given moment, you will have a student who does not like you, one that accepts your challenges and others who appreciate your efforts…” These are the words of wisdom that Debbie Orange offers fellow teachers. School Superintendent, Mancill Tiss, recommended her for the award, saying, “Debbie is an excellent teacher who has taught at Lassen View for 17 years.”
Orange’s students’ test scores have gone up every year in both science and algebra, which is a significant factor in determining who will receive the feature teacher award each month. “While we are pleased with the scores and know that Debbie is always improving, we know that Debbie is also very concerned about the well-being of each of her students and wants them to succeed in high school and beyond. We feel fortunate to have Debbie and feel that she is very deserving of this award,” added Tiss.
The feature teacher award is presented monthly by Tehama County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Tyler Smail, with the purpose of recognizing highly successful and talented teachers in Tehama County.