Larkin will go on to compete for the statewide honor, announced this fall

In any other school year, a Teacher of the Year announcement at a school would involve a secretly planned celebration with plenty of delicious treats under the guise of a staff meeting. But for Larkin Foley, it was an online meeting with her McKay High School Principal Rob Schoepper that got “bombed” by Superintendent Christy Perry. Together, they let the 10-year veteran teacher know that she had been selected by a state panel as the Regional Teacher of the Year.

Foley, a graduate of Willamette University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, first joined McKay High in 2010. Teaching English and AVID, Foley is lauded by her peers and students alike as a tireless champion for her students.

Last fall, Foley was named a Crystal Apple Award recipient. She was nominated for that honor by her colleagues citing her commitment to making sure students got every chance they could to succeed and graduate.

“It’s no coincidence that McKay High’s graduation rate has been growing steadily,” said McKay Principal Rob Schoepper. “Larkin makes a difference in our kids’ lives. She’s authentic, genuine and trustworthy, and on top of that, she’s an outstanding educator. This recognition couldn’t go to a better candidate.”

Superintendent Perry echoed the sentiment: “At the school level, we’ve seen how Larkin commits to and inspires her students. But at the district level, Larkin was a steady force in our work around the Student Investment Account. I was able to see how the principles of equity drove her to both advocate for and champion initiatives. Hands down – our district is better because of Larkin.”

Upon learning of her honor, Foley said, “I would just love to give a shoutout to my Willamette Academy family and to McKay High for being a place that taught me a lot and a place that I call home.”

With the recognition, Foley received $500 and will compete at the state level, with a winner to be announced this fall.