Oak Pointe Elementary School teacher wins WACH Fox Teacher of the Month award
IRMO, SC - The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) has announced that Dawn Oswalt, fifth grade Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary School, has been selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January. Each month, the SCEA as part of their media partnership with WACH Fox selects an outstanding educator who has been nominated from a colleague or student representing the best of South Carolina teachers.
“It is such an honor to be selected as the WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January,” Oswalt said. “Helping students learn about the world we live in is both exciting, rewarding and has created in me a life-long passion for helping students reach their potential. Simply put, I love teaching. Hands down, I have the best job in the world! There is nothing more exciting than going to school each morning to see the children I work with throughout the week.”
Oswalt is in her 18th year of teaching elementary school and has been at Oak Pointe Elementary School since it opened its doors in 2006. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision at the University of South Carolina. Oswalt is also Gifted and Talented certified as well as Nationally Board certified.
Each day, Oswalt asks her students to give her a thumbs up or down to quickly assess which students have a need beyond their classroom instruction. “Most of the time, a quick two-minute conference is all it takes to recognize a child’s internal struggle,” Oswalt said. “A mailbox resides in my room where students and I communicate about anything they have on their mind. My hope is that our policy makers will begin to acknowledge the variables that make up a child’s life. My ultimate goal is to teach students how to advocate for their personal needs so life is both rewarding, fulfilling and productive.”
“Mrs. Oswalt epitomizes dedication and passion for education,” said Oak Pointe Elementary principal Cassy Paschal. “She consistently reflects on her own professional practices in order to grow as an educator Mrs. Oswalt is a compassionate teacher that truly loves her students and deserves the award of WACH Fox Teacher of the Month for January!”