Congratulations to Columbia River High School biology teacher Kelly Cameron, pictured above on left, who recently was honored by Stanford University as part of its Teacher Tribute Initiative. Isabelle Crary, pictured above on right, nominated Cameron to receive this special recognition.

Wrote Crary, who graduated from Columbia River in 2014, “From the beginning of my freshman year of high school, plant biology class was a cherished experience. My teacher, Mrs. Cameron, taught biology in a way that enticed me to want to learn more. Instead of viewing homework and learning as a chore, I began to see it as an opportunity to delve deeper into the fascinating intricacies of the world of biology. As I moved into International Baccalaureate biology, Mrs. Cameron not only continued to entice me to learn, but also played an integral role in the research project I began to develop. Despite the fact that I conducted my entire experiment on a treadmill in my garage, Mrs. Cameron’s perpetual support and tutelage eventually enabled me the opportunity to present my research at a national conference in Ohio that ended up being one of my most meaningful and influential experiences.”

All members of Stanford’s incoming freshman class annually identify former teachers or mentors who played significant roles in their intellectual, academic, social and personal development. Cameron, who has taught at Columbia River for the past 22 years, received a commendation letter and certificate.