A world history teacher at South Side High School has been named 2013 Teacher of the Year in Fort Wayne Community Schools.
Emily Oberlin received the honor Friday, school officials announced. Oberlin began her teaching career six years ago and has spent the last three at South Side.
Oberlin was selected Teacher of the Year because of her dedication to bringing world history to life for students and connecting with students in areas where it matters – in serving and caring for others, a news release said. When a student came to her earlier this year mourning a coach who had died, Oberlin helped her find a way to express her grief and simultaneously honor her coach. From that, Let it Be Known’ was born, a movement that has spread to several other schools in the city.
The movement is based on the idea of letting others know how much they are appreciated and loved.
I want my students to know how to be good citizens, help others and think and solve for themselves, she said. I want for them to find what makes them come alive in the world and to feel the courage to go after that.
Superintendent Wendy Robinson called Oberlin a shining example of what it means to be a teacher today.
Our best teachers don’t just share information with students, they engage them, they challenge them, they teach them how to be productive, responsible citizens, Robinson said in a written statement.
Teacher of the Year candidates are nominated by building principals with finalists chosen by a committee of administrators. Finalists this year were Jenny Barney, fifth-grade teacher at Glenwood Park Elementary; Estelle Griggs, third-grade teacher at Forest Park Elementary; Carissa Richardson, science teacher at Northwood Middle School; and Wendy Wichern, social studies teacher at Blackhawk Middle School.
Oberlin and the finalists will be honored at a school board meeting in the fall.
Oberlin is also nominated for Indiana Teacher of the Year.