In a ceremony at the Woodward high school annex Wednesday afternoon, Wendy Oates, a 4th grade teacher at Highland Park Elementary, was named the 2018 Woodward Teacher of the Year.
“I hope I represent you with Boomer pride, I’ll do my best”, Oates said as she spoke to those on hand.
Victoria Smith, a 5th grader who was in Oates’ class last season, gave an emotional speech as she expressed her gratitude for the time Mrs. Oates put in to help her in math.
“From the bottom of my heart, I have been blessed to have her as a teacher,” Victoria said. “She is an amazing teacher, and there is no way that I would have passed 4th grade last year if I didn’t have her.”
Oates thanked Victoria for her kind words and promised her that she will be there when Victoria graduates from high school.
Oates left the audience with a quote from educator Todd Whitaker.
“The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters everyday. So no matter how we feel when we walk through that door, it matters. And what we and what we say to those kids everyday matters.”