The Peter & Leslie Richter Civic Educator of the Year Award
Congratulations to Geoffrey Stuckart, our 2022-23 Peter & Leslie Richter Civic Educator of the Year!
Geoff teaches at Central Catholic High School in Portland, where his classes include Government and Politics, Street Law, and We the People. He coached Central Catholic’s We the People team to the National competition in 2022, started a Constitution Club, and creates countless opportunities for civic engagement with his students.
Geoff has been teaching at Central Catholic since 2011, where he is a respected mentor teacher and served as Faculty Forum Representative. He has participated in nearly every CLP program – including serving as a volunteer while transitioning from his career in politics and government to teaching. We are proud to know Geoff, and to be able to honor him as the 2022-23 Civic Educator of the Year.
Read more about Geoff in his December 2022 Civics Matters Newsletter Spotlight.
With the support of a generous gift from Peter and Leslie Richter, we are happy to announce that the annual award now includes a $2,000 prize for the recipient. Nominations for 2022-23 are now closed.
To nominate a candidate:
- You must personally know your nominee – direct experience of their professional contributions is recommended
- You must be able to explain and/or provide evidence of the above qualifications when you complete the nomination form
- You do not need to inform your nominee you have submitted, but you cannot submit anonymously
- Nominations are open June 1 – September 30.
The Peter & Leslie Richter Civic Educator of the Year Honoree:
- Is a K-12 educator in Oregon
- Has participated in Classroom Law Project programs for at least 5 years
- Has participated in training other educators or assisting other educators with resources & regularly shares their expertise to help others in their professional community
- Actively collaborates with colleagues, students, families, & other stakeholders to create a strong culture of Civic Education & Engagement
- Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, colleagues, and the community
- Inspires creativity, critical thinking, active learning, and civic participation
- Is nominated by a colleague, administrator, community member, or participant of a Classroom Law Project program
- Is honored at the annual Oregon Civics Conference for Teachers in December and at Classroom Law Project’s Legal Citizen of the Year Award & Celebration
About Peter & Leslie Richter
Peter and Leslie Richter are long-time champions of civic education. Peter, who recently
retired from Miller Nash, LLP after 49 years, will continue his career of learning, practicing and teaching Advocacy and Persuasion as Of Counsel with Lynch Murphy McLane, LLP in Bend. He will continue to teach Trial Advocacy at Lewis and Clark Law School and the Oregon State Bar. “Teachers and the rule of law are the backbone of our society,” he observes, “and meaningful civic education is more important now than ever.”