Leslie Blythe, a 30-year educator and Oakwood High School teacher, was chosen for the award as the recipient of this year’s Oakwood Schools Foundation Parker Love of Teaching and Lifelong Learning Award. CONTRIBUTED

Oakwood teacher awarded after ‘holding students together’ in quarantine

Leslie Blythe, a family and consumer science teacher at Oakwood High School, was chosen for the award, annually honoring a current Oakwood teacher who uniquely inspires the full potential of their students, according to the school district.

Blythe becomes 10th winner of the award established by Beverly Parker, a former Harman Elementary School teacher, in memory of her husband Bob, according to the district.

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An Oakwood teacher/parent and several students wrote letters on behalf of Blythe’s nomination, district officials said.

One student said “Mrs. Blythe is a role model to me, and is one of the most genuinely friendly and caring teachers at Oakwood High School,” according to a school district news release.

“Her unwavering devotion to the school and all the people in it is so amazing,” the student said. “I truly hope that in the future, I will be able to have such a positive impact on another person’s life as she had on mine.”

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One teacher, according to the school district, wrote Blythe’s “modeling of curiosity energizes the students….It is those connections that are holding students together during this quarantine.”

The Oakwood Schools Foundation, a component of The Dayton Foundation, provides students with diverse and distinctive opportunities that go above and beyond the reach of the district’s normal operating budget.

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