Te’Andra Parker, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at North Middle School, has been named the Kentucky winner in the National Citizenship Education Teachers Award Program from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
She was nominated for and earned the local award earlier this school year from VFW Post #102815 in Vine Grove, Kentucky. That made her eligible for the state award.
“I’ve never worked with a teacher that is more passionate about children and learning,” North Middle School Principal Jeff Lowman said. “Mrs. Parker not only loves her content but, more importantly, she loves her students and believes in each of them.”
“Mrs. Parker overlooks and conquers all the obstacles to provide opportunities for our students,” Lowman added. “She is a United States Army veteran. She brings US History alive for the young minds at our school. She teaches them to think critically, ask questions and explore the history of their country.”
Mr. Lowman added that Mrs. Parker created the NMS History Club. Each month (pre-pandemic), Mrs. Parker organized educational trips that took students to local historical venues such as the Patton Museum and the Hardin County History Museum. She then traditionally branches out to visit the Frazier History Museum and historic riverboats on the Ohio River in Louisville. To culminate the experience, she organizes a trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham and takes students to Washington, D.C.