For the third straight year, Scenic Middle School social studies teacher Jim Schroeder is the favorite of Readers' Choice voters.
Schroeder, 63, of Central Point, says it was his love of children that drove him to become a teacher nearly 15 years ago.
"When my kids left home, I was lonesome for children," says Schroeder, who believes students like him for his energy and ability to get a good laugh.
"I really enjoy what I'm doing; it's a privilege," says Schroeder.
Other favorites: Mike Mayben, McLoughlin Middle School, Medford; and Karen Tally, Phoenix Elementary School, Phoenix.