Oregon Montessori Association

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Susie Huston Award & Application

For Excellence and Inspiration in Teaching

About the Award

The Susie Huston Memorial Award, a long-standing OMA tradition, is given each year to a Montessori educator who exemplifies excellence and inspiration in teaching. Susie Huston was a dedicated Montessori guide in the Corvallis community who died in a car accident in 1992.  View the list of previous recipients.



Read Susie’s biography here.


Current Montessori teachers in the Pacific Northwest are eligible for the Susie Huston Memorial Award. While it is not a requirement that nominees be a member of OMA, we hope that they will have contributed in some way to the OMA community.


There are no hard and fast requirements in terms of number of years in the classroom, or training affiliation. Instead, we seek to recognize nominees who are passionate about Montessori, who demonstrate a deep understanding of the Montessori method, and have integrated theory and practice with grace. We will take into consideration whether nominees have been nominated before and the diversity of nomination letters. We will also endeavor to recognize teachers from a diversity of schools that may or may not have received this recognition before.

Nomination and Review Process

To nominate yourself or another individual, please return one completed copy of the Nomination Form and at least three letters of support. Nominations from fellow teachers, administrators, parents, or students are accepted. Please fill out the form below, even if you are nominating someone who has been nominated in years past. An external committee comprised of former award recipients, administrators and guides from a variety of schools, and a current OMA board member, will review all nominations.

2016 nomination form will be available soon.

Award Ceremony

The recipient of this award and the OMA Outstanding Dedication Award are honored at our Annual Spring Tea.  The recipient and their families, friends and colleagues are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration.

Oregon Montessori Association

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