Allison Edwards apparently chose her profession well. Now in her fifth year, the social studies teacher at the School for Creative Studies was named Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year earlier this week. As a side note, this is also the School for Creative Studies first year in existence, so it’s great to see a new school’s staff member garner such a prestigious award.
In what can be described understatedly as a difficult time for educators in North Carolina, people like Edwards serve as a reminder of why the profession deserves and should command our respect and gratitude. She works hard to help her students develop intellectually.
Edwards described in her finalist portfolio her role as a teacher: “As an educator, I strive to develop students who do not just know facts and dates, but know how to communicate their opinions on a world event and back up their opinions with evidence.”
We congratulate Edwards, this week’s Grit Award winner, on her award, and extend our appreciation to her and her fellow teachers for their dedication to their students and their jobs.