Teaching career ‘more of a ministry’ for Zagaris

Jolene Zagaris was named Educator of the Year by the Nyssa Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture in February. Zagaris is a Nyssa Elementary School teacher. (Submitted photo).

Jolene Zagaris was in the sixth grade when she realized she wanted to be a teacher – she even “vividly remembers” a drawing she created of herself as a teacher.

She not only realized her dream, but went on to win this year’s Educator of the Year Award from the Nyssa Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

Zagaris is a teacher at Nyssa Elementary School.

Her path to honors began with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a reading endorsement from Western Oregon University. After teaching for two years, she took a year off to attend Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, where she met her husband, Lance. They have two . . .