Merle Saunders

Vale, OR | Years Taught: 1980 – Present

Merle teaches his students and leads by example, the importance of good work habits, work ethics, integrity, and other qualities employers are looking for. His goal is to be the best consistent teacher he can be by constantly evaluating, reevaluating, and improving his teaching style and methods.

Additional Recognition

  • 2002 • Radio Shack National Teacher of the Year
  • 2001 • Milken Family Foundation National Educator
  • 1995 • Oregon Automotive Parts Association Person of the Year
  • 1994, 1995 • Ford National Instructor of the Year
  • 1993 • Educator of the Year Vale Chamber of Commerce
  • 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000 • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Air Award
  • 1992, 1997, 1998 • American Automobile Association (AAA) Presidents Cup
  • 1991, 1992, 1993 • National Valvoline Automotive Teacher of the Year
  • 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 • Oregon Valvoline Automotive Teacher of the Year
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