Newport High Teacher, Brian Hanna, Named LBL Regional Teacher of the Year

Newport High Teacher, Brian Hanna, Named LBL Regional Teacher of the Year

Posted on May 19, 2020

Candidate for 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year

The pivotal role of teachers has become especially evident in these last several months as schools have transitioned to distance learning in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have stepped up in countless, innovative ways to ensure students are safe, healthy and engaged to reach their full potential, making this a fitting opportunity to recognize the excellence of Regional Teachers of Year throughout the state!

Newport High School math teacher, Brian Hanna was named Linn Benton Lincoln’s 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year! Hanna wins a $500 cash prize and is in the running for Oregon’s 2021 Teacher of the Year – to be announced this fall. Hanna remarked upon his inspiration for teaching, “What I enjoy the most is seeing when a kid takes what I’ve taught them and then just runs with it; takes it beyond what we’ve done in class. That tells me I’ve done a good job in inspiring them to see that science and math are more than what they thought it was before.”

Reyna Mattson, Principal of Newport High School, shares her pride in his winning, “Brian Hanna is a standout even amongst other gifted teachers. As a principal, I am well aware that there are many wonderful educators throughout our own district, as well as the state.  His ability to create a safe environment for students to learn math, a subject that often comes with fear for students, allows them to be vulnerable, curious, and confident as they successfully navigate difficult concepts. He is kind, cheerful, and thoughtful, and he makes our students feel valued and capable. I am so pleased that he is being recognized as a Regional Teacher of the Year!”

Regional Teachers of the Year are nominated by students, colleagues, administrators, friends or family members to apply for the award, and are selected by a diverse panel of regional representatives. Later this fall one of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year.

Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year receives a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school!) and serves as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers. Three finalists will receive $2,000 with a matching $2,000 going to their school. Please visit for more information.

Candidata para 2021 Maestra del año en Oregon

El papel fundamental de los maestros se ha vuelto especialmente evidente en estos últimos meses a medida que las escuelas han hecho la transición al aprendizaje a distancia en respuesta a la pandemia global de COVID-19. ¡Los maestros han aumentado en innumerables formas innovadoras para garantizar que los estudiantes estén seguros, saludables y comprometidos para alcanzar su máximo potencial, haciendo de esta una oportunidad adecuada para reconocer la excelencia de los Maestros Regionales del Año en todo el estado!

¡El maestro de matemáticas de Newport High School, Brian Hanna, fue nombrado Maestro Regional del Año 2021 de Linn Benton Lincoln! Hanna gana un premio en efectivo de $ 500 y está compitiendo por el Maestro del año 2021 de Oregon, que se anunciará este otoño.

Reyna Mattson, directora de Newport High School, comparte su orgullo por su victoria: “Brian Hanna se destaca incluso entre otros maestros talentosos. Como directora, soy muy consciente de que hay muchos educadores maravillosos en todo nuestro distrito, así como en el estado. Su capacidad de crear un ambiente seguro para que los estudiantes aprendan matemáticas, una materia que a menudo conlleva temor por los estudiantes, les permite ser vulnerables, curiosos y seguros a medida que navegan con éxito conceptos difíciles. Es amable, alegre y atento, y hace que nuestros estudiantes se sientan valorados y capaces. ¡Estoy muy contento de que sea reconocido como Maestro Regional del Año! ”

Los Maestros Regionales del Año son nominados por estudiantes, colegas, administradores, amigos o familiares para solicitar el premio, y son seleccionados por un panel diverso de representantes regionales. Más adelante este otoño, uno de los Maestros Regionales del Año será nombrado Maestro del Año 2021 en Oregon.

Gracias a la asociación del Departamento de Educación de Oregón con la Lotería de Oregón, el Maestro del Año 2021 de Oregón recibe un premio en efectivo de $ 5,000 (¡con un equivalente de $ 5,000 para su escuela!) Y sirve como portavoz y representante de todos los maestros de Oregón. Tres finalistas recibirán $ 2,000 con $ 2,000 equivalentes yendo a su escuela. Visite para obtener más información.