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Noah Elliott and his students
Noah Elliott ’08, MAT ’09 was honored and surprised to be named the Oregon Small Schools Association 2020 Teacher of the Year.
Jordyn Van Atta MAT '22
“The positive impact that a relationship with an educator can have in a student's life is what drove me into education,” Van Atta said.
CAS student Hannah McCauley '21
A double major in sociology and criminal justice, law and society more than prepared Hannah McCauley ’21 for her next chapter. 
Chika Matsumoto ’21 first started dancing because it’s what her friends were doing. But she never stopped. “It turned out to be a lifelong passion and hobby with me,” she said. “Dance has just been that one thing that stuck with me my entire life.”
Hilary Holtrop ’21 has a slightly different approach to dance than some of her peers. “I think what makes me different from a lot of people in the Pacific Dance Ensemble is that my go-to style is hip hop,” she said. “I like it because it’s exciting and in your face. I don’t think of myself as elegant and feminine.” But what she shares with many of her peers is finding an outlet and expression in dance.
Noah Lewis '22 at the Maccabi Games in 2019
Noah Lewis ’22 has known adversity. But that’s OK, because it’s given him a chance to rise above it. Lewis recently was featured in a story on JokerMag, a digital media platform devoted to telling inspiring underdog stories in sports.
Lianda Lonergan '21 is a member of the Pacific Dance Ensemble stying dance, exercise science and more, as she plans a career in physical therapy and preventative medicine for dancers.
Paul Snell
Days of rage in Minneapolis, and then across the nation, following the killing of George Floyd, pushed Politics and Government Professor Paul Snell to contribute to the debate over policing.
Three Pacific teaching alumni are among grant-winning educators in Oregon.
Dijan Ihas
From playing in Sarajevo as bombs fell to conducting in Forest Grove, Dijana Ihas's journey as a musician has been remarkable.

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