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Vale Elementary School teacher voted Malheur Regional Teacher of the Year

Kindergarten teacher Whitney Barnes of Vale Elementary School is the 2021 Malheur Regional Teacher of the Year. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel)

VALE – As a child, teacher Whitney Barnes wasn’t the best student.

But the extra effort she needed to succeed in school enabled her current empathy for struggling students in her kindergarten class at Vale Elementary School. 

Barnes was recently announced as the 2021 Malheur Regional Teacher of the Year, putting her in the running for Oregon’s 2022 Teacher of the Year. So far . . .