Bev Pratt, TIF Grant Manager

Bev Pratt came to the Chalkboard Project from the Oregon Department of Education, where she was the Title II-A, Improving Teacher Quality for six years. She is a native Oregonian with over 33 years of experience working in education, mostly as a middle school and high school teacher in the Salem-Keizer School District. Bev now manages the implementation of our Teacher Incentive Fund Grant.

What was your first job? What did you think of it? 

My first job was mowing lawns when I was 9 years old. My older sister and I began our lawn-mowing career by working for Mrs. Steele, one of our elderly neighbors. We pushed the lawnmower over to her house and 20 minutes later came home to tell our Mother we were done, she promptly walked us, and the mower, back to Mrs. Steele’s house to show us how to properly mow the lawn. We quickly discovered that there was a right way to do a job, as any future business would depend on the recommendation of satisfied customers. We continued our Pratt Girl’s lawn mowing business for 9 years, before passing it on to our brother. He of course did not really appreciate the reference to the Pratt Girls!

Who was your favorite teacher? Tell us a story!

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Neiman in the 6th grade. She instilled a love of reading into all of her students. She would read to us after lunch each day from books that would keep me on the edge of my seat and not wanting to miss school the next day for fear I would miss the next chapter. We could order books through a company and I remember anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next shipment. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have had Mrs. Neiman as a teacher.