Why Teach In Oregon

Why Teach In OR Our state’s future hinges on education and the opportunities it brings. We applaud the professional and prospective teachers who pursue this fulfilling profession. By becoming a teacher, the reward for you is real. You will:

  • elevate your life
  • transform others’ lives
  • give back to your community
  • expand your career and work path
  • be a part of the solution for education in this state
  • experience a diverse community of future Oregonians

Not to mention, the wages here are livable wages.  To put it simply – Oregon is a great place to live and teach.

Inspire and Be Inspired: Change Lives Through Teaching

“You have the chance to change someone’s life.”
– Michael Lindblad, Oregon Teacher of the Year 2015

Achieve a Fulfilling Career: Become a Teacher in Oregon

“I really wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, and felt like a teacher was the right place to do that.”
– Caitlin, Special Assignment Teacher

Why Oregon’s Students of Color Need You

“My experience being a teacher of color in Oregon has been quite amazing.”
– Mykle, First Grade Teacher

The Important Role of Bilingual Educators

“I can relate to them and their families and their reality of being an immigrant.”
– Claudia, New Teacher Mentor

Find a Mentor, Be a Mentor: Supporting New Teachers

“My mentor wanted nothing but the best for me.”
– Zachary, Middle School Teacher

Opportunities for Teachers to Lead

“I was really focused on instruction and I wanted to grow.”
– Carrie, Instructional Coach

Bring Your Life’s Experience Into the Classroom  

“I’ve been in finance, I’ve been a credit manager and I’ve been working out in the field for well over 20 years…I really like to teach. Everything that I did in all of my positions that I really enjoyed and felt fulfilled is when I was teaching others.”
Michelle, Career and Technical Education Teacher

School districts offer great health benefits and a defined benefit pension plan that comes with a promise toward a more financially secure retirement.

We want the passionate, the creative, the hardy and the handy.  Oregon students will flourish even more when we employ more teachers who represent all of us:

  • teachers with diverse backgrounds
  • educators of color
  • linguistically and culturally diverse teachers

We also welcome talented individuals who:

  • have had other careers previously
  • have just arrived in our state
  • hope to move to this state to teach here
  • aspire to specialize in bilingual education, special education, science, technology, and career technical education
Together, we can inspire the next generation of Oregonians to be the best they can be.

Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.” Denzel Washington, 2015 Dillard University commencement address