Wade Carpenter special education teacher Deborah Oaks honored

Wade Carpenter special education teacher Deborah Oaks honored
Posted on 02/28/2018
Deborah Oaks

Nogales Unified School District honored Wade Carpenter Middle School teacher Deborah Oaks at is governing board meeting Feb. 26, 2018.

            What makes this recognition unique is that Oaks is a first-year teacher who came into the profession after spending 20 years in the corporate world, said NUSD Supt. Fernando Parra. He added that it is very unusual for a first-year teacher to immediately make a major difference at a school and to bond so effectively with students, especially those with special needs.

            Parra added that he was impressed with Oaks when he was doing a walk-through at Carpenter and entered her room. He said the students were on-task, motivated, and well behaved due to Oaks’ leadership.

            Principal Dr. Roman Soltero wrote that Oaks demonstrated leadership qualities from the start of her tenure at Carpenter. He praised her dedication to not only the students, but also to her fellow teachers and to the parents.

            Oaks addressed the governing board and thanked them and the administration for her recognition. She added she chose to tackle the challenging teaching field of working with special needs students because her own son was a special-needs student and she knew that these students can learn and can achieve at a high level.

            In addition to her teaching, Oaks is in charge of the school’s Technolochicas Lift program which is an after-school extracurricular opportunity for 25 seventh-grade girls to learn computer and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) skills through working through various lessons. Oaks said four of the girls are from her special-needs class and that they are often the top students in completing a program.

            “I tell my students that special needs do not define you. What you do defines you,” Oaks concluded.