By EARTHA TERRELL
Students and faculty members at Fitch High School are congratulating English teacher April King after she was awarded the 2012 Outstanding English Language Arts Educator by the Ohio Council of Teachers and English and Language Arts (OCTELA) and the 2012 Secondary Teacher of Excellence by the National Council of Teachers of English.
King, who has taught at Fitch for six years, is humbled by the recognition and appreciates the support she has received from her co-workers, students and parents.
“It’s really nice to get some recognition and the people here have been very supportive. When I first received the award the kids were super excited. I had parents write me thank-you notes. I really enjoy being here and I’m really proud of the award and Fitch is a great place to teach,” King said.
As the school’s ninth and 10th-grade English teacher, King attributes her success to her ability to intertwine real-life lessons into her students’ course work.
“I try and tie life into the lessons. It’s more than just writing and spelling and it’s easier to talk about them in books than in real life. I think that they’re [students] open to it and they handle it better than I expect them to. For the most part, they want to learn this stuff and talk about these things that happen in real life,” King said.
King not only aims to provide an excellent academic environment for her students, but also hopes to inspire them to build good character traits they can use long after they’ve left her classroom.
“When I was a young kid, I didn’t have a lot of good role models and I thought that I could make a difference in that way. I want to be a positive role model in kids’ lives. Some students come back that I’ve had and want to talk about what’s going on their lives, so I can see that I get through to them,” King said.