Ron Nelson Receives The Oakwood Schools Foundation’s Fourth Annual Parker Love of Teaching Award
Surrounded by enthusiastic high school band students, Ron Nelson received The Oakwood Schools Foundation’s fourth annual Parker Love of Teaching and Lifelong Learning Award at the Oakwood High School band concert on Wednesday, May 21. Ron Nelson, a 9-year veteran of Oakwood City Schools, heads up the District’s band program. In addition to the high school band, he is responsible for the junior high school and both elementary school band programs. Not only has the high school band doubled in size during his tenure, but Mr. Nelson has built a legacy by adding curricular and extra-curricular options, including: wind ensemble, concert band, jazz band, and pep band.
In addition to teaching during the school day, Mr. Nelson conducts the jazz bands for junior and senior high before school, oversees pep band for basketball games and select volleyball games, and conducts the high school spring musical pit orchestra. Letters of support flowed in from many grateful parents. One nominator reflected, “Ron has the uncanny ability to engage shy students who otherwise would not step up to join the band. He brings out the best in his band members and maximizes his students’ learning potential.”
Another shared with appreciation, “Ron has developed a family-like system that the students understand, respect and appreciate. Seniors and section leaders are responsible and accountable to mentor and teach underclassmen how to behave as a band member. Freshmen know that they are led by juniors and seniors, and they look forward to the day when they will lead.”
“Ron Nelson embodies all that the Parker Award stands for,” said Kathy Schoenlein, Oakwood Band Parents Association, Ways and Means Chair. “As one of Mr. Nelson’s current students told the selection committee, ‘Mr. Nelson puts the students first, before himself. Always.” Another family added: “The Mr. Nelson’s of this world are too few and far between - - - we are so grateful to have him here in Oakwood.”