Foundation announces search for oldest surviving teacher

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation announced today that the search is on for the most senior former teacher from the Corvallis School District.

The quest for the community’s oldest teacher is part of the Foundation’s preparations for its annual “Hands Across Corvallis” breakfast, scheduled for February 3, 2017 at Corvallis High School.

“We are excited to be celebrating the contributions of former 509J teachers,” said Bill Humphreys, Jr., Foundation Chair. “This is a wonderful opportunity to hear stories from years past in our schools.”

To be eligible, candidates must reside locally and have taught in Corvallis Public Schools for a decade or more. The top two or three selectees will be invited to attend the Foundation’s benefit breakfast on February 3rd, where they will be recognized.

Early accounts of Corvallis history suggest that the first school began in 1850 in a one-room log schoolhouse near the Willamette River at the end of Washington Street. Enrollment was about 100 students. The school district now serves approximately 6,600 students at thirteen schools. Corvallis students represent numerous birth countries and over 50 languages.

Candidates for the oldest teacher honor are invited to send letters to Corvallis Public Schools Foundation at 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333, or email Foundation Executive Director Liv Gifford at [email protected].

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation was founded in 1996 with the mission to unite private donors with educators in order to provide the best possible education for all students. The Foundation works to reduce barriers to education for students navigating poverty, expand excellence through enrichment opportunities, and create pathways to graduation for every student. For more information, visit