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John Edwards Receives The Oakwood Schools Foundation’s Sixth Annual Parker Love of Teaching Award

Surrounded by enthusiastic students, fellow faculty, parents and former students, John Edwards received The Oakwood Schools Foundation’s sixth annual Parker Love of Teaching and Lifelong Learning Award on Tuesday, May 24. Edwards, a 17-year veteran of Oakwood City Schools, is a fourth-grade teacher at Harman Elementary School.

In nominating Mr. Edwards for the award, one parent wrote, “Mr. Edwards has a wonderful, unique way to handle not only the average student, and gifted student, but also students who have challenges that they face. It is done with great respect, patience, understanding, and guidance.” “He tailors his approach to each child and intuitively knows what they need to develop at such a critical juncture,” remarked another parent who nominated Edwards. Another nominator reflected, “Mr. Edwards is also a great communicator with parents and really shows that he takes an interest in each child’s education, growth and development, partnering with you to help make sure the child is receiving the support they need outside of school.”

The Oakwood Schools Foundation congratulates Mr. Edwards on being the sixth recipient of The Parker Love of Teaching Award and thanks all the parents, students, teachers and community members who nominated teachers and wrote letters of support. The Foundation thanks Bev Parker for her generosity and vision in establishing this important award.