Wallowa High School graduate and former Wallowa County 4-H County Extension Agent Dottie (Scott) Record has been named as the top teacher of the year in Washington state for her work with unwed mothers. Her Graduation, Reality and Dual-Role Skills (G.R.A.D.S.) program at PACE High School in Wapato, Wash., was judged to be the best in the state from among 65 such state-funded programs.
The daughter of Louise Scott and the late Warren Scott of rural Wallowa graduated from WHS in 1974 and was Wallowa County's 4-H Extension Agent from 1986 to 1992. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho and a masters degree from Oregon State University.
The goal of the G.R.A.D.S. program is to prepare pregnant and unwed teen mothers to be successful parents and productive members of society.
Record received her award at the Washington Association of Career and Technical Educators (WA-ACTE) conference held in Spokane in August. She has been teaching the G.R.A.D.S. program for eight years.
The G.R.A.D.S. program, says Record, "....provides a safe environment for teen mothers and their children where they can learn the skills they'll need both as parents and productive members of the work force."