EUGENE, Ore. – Bushnell University is proud to congratulate seven outstanding alumni who have been nominated for the 2023 A Champions in Education (ACE) Awards by the Eugene 4J School District. The ACE Awards recognize and honor educators who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their profession and make significant contributions to their schools and communities.
The seven nominees from Bushnell University are: Sara DuBose Sheperd, First Grade Teacher at Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School: Dani Emrick, Counselor at Howard Elementary; Simon Estifanos, Physical Education & Health Teacher at North Eugene High School; Kami Icenhower, Kindergarten Teacher at Gilham Elementary School; Esther Moen, Counselor at Camas Ridge Elementary School; Rachel Parac, Counselor at Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School; and Elizabeth Saxton, Title I Teacher at Willagillespie Elementary School.
“Being nominated as a Champion in Education is an honor and testament to the positive impact our accomplished graduates are having on their students and school community,” said Suzanne Price, the Associate Dean for Bushnell’s School of Education. “I am extremely proud of our alumni and anticipate continued success in their role as professional educators!”
Each of the nominees has demonstrated exceptional commitment to education and their students, and their nominations reflect the high quality of education and training they received at Bushnell University. The nominees were nominated by parents, students, and colleagues and are selected based on their hard work, innovation, and dedication to empowering and inspiring their students to achieve their full potential.
The nominees will be honored and four champions will be named at the ACE Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 4. The event will start with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 6 p.m. The location of the ceremony will be held at South Eugene High School Theatre and will also be live-streamed on http://www.facebook.com/4jschools.
About Eugene School District
The Eugene School District is a public school district in Eugene, Oregon, serving over 16,000 students in 4 high schools, 4 middle schools, and 18 elementary schools.
About Bushnell University
Founded in 1895 Bushnell University helps students discover and answer God’s call on their lives. Devoted to offering a Christ-centered environment, Bushnell encourages students to grow in wisdom, informed by faith, and leading to lives of service. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University was founded by pastor-educator Eugene C. Sanderson and pioneer businessman and church leader James A. Bushnell.
Bushnell is the largest private university in Eugene’s vibrant university district. The University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies through course formats on campus, online, and hybrid formats. More information about the University is available at www.bushnell.edu.