Camas-Washougal residents named ‘Real Heroes of Clark County’

Four local residents have been selected as “Real Heroes of Clark County” for 2023 by the Learn Here Project, an initiative of Identity Clark County, a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization.

Washougal School District early learning specialist Leslie DeShazer, Washougal School District volunteer Jeanie Moran, Camas High School science teacher Ali Coker and and Camas actress and artist Mishele Mays were selected by the county program, which recognizes educational staff members and volunteers in partnership with educational institutions for their efforts to serve Clark County’s school communities.

Twenty-one representatives from seven Clark County school districts, Clark College, the Washington State School for the Blind, the Washington State School for the Deaf, and Washington State University-Vancouver were recognized on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the “Live Here, Learn Here” ceremony at Washington State University-Vancouver.

“Each honoree is deserving of our appreciation because their efforts foster a supportive culture and inspire others, even though none seek recognition for what they do,” according to a statement on “The extra commitment of staff and volunteers is why we have such a great educational system today. They are the ones who champion modern facilities, innovative programs, and a diverse range of student support programs that make it possible for each student to thrive.”