North High's Joey Fuentes Lauds APS Experience

Student Teacher Wins Prestigious Award
Posted on 04/07/2020
Image of Joseph FuentesCongratulations to Mr. Joseph Fuentes (Brecksville, OH) who will graduate from The University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in Curricular & Instructional Studies this spring (2020). Mr. Fuentes has been selected by the Ohio Council for the Social Studies as its 2020 Dr. James Sheehan Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award Winner. This award was established in memory of OCSS Executive Director Jim Sheehan who promoted undergraduate participation in our professional organization. This award is meant to honor outstanding social studies university students who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and have great potential in the social studies classroom. Recipients receive a complimentary one year’s membership in OCSS, a certificate of recognition, and recognition in their publications and at their annual conference.

While at The University of Akron, Mr. Fuentes majored in middle/secondary social studies education and history and will receive his State of Ohio teaching license in Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies Education. Mr. Joseph Fuentes excelled as a social studies student teacher during his time at Akron North High School. During his placement, Joseph proved himself as a well-rounded educator who is deeply committed and skilled in meeting the needs of diverse learners. He shined teaching ninth-grade social studiesand successfully engineered instructional activities that brought the social studies to life for his students. As a student teacher, Joseph helped students not only inside the classroom but outside. Along with in-class outreach, Mr. Fuentes offered up planning periods and lunches to those students who missed an extreme number of class days or those who needed additional help. Participating in parent-teacher conferences, Joseph offered to each family who attended a plan of action, a road map he created to ensure the success of each student. His Akron North High School students gained tremendously from such planned and relevant activities on a World War I transitioning into World War II unit. These lesson not only compared modern dayImage of Joseph Fuentes events but placed the students into a gaze of what society was like for civilization across the world. Combining technology and the use of in-class strategies, Mr. Fuentes organized a final assessment that allowed the students to put history into their own words. HIS/HERstory used Flipgrid, a resource that Akron North High School has been applying, a resource that allowed the students to tell their perspective on what life would have been like during these profound times in human existence, not only allowing students to get a better understanding of the content but assisting them in becoming their own version of a historian.

Joseph is thankful to faculty at The University of Akron, in particular The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, for preparing him for a professional career in a way that he feels no other educational institution could have. Mr. Fuentes commented, “I am most thankful to those in the College of Education for helping guide me into a rewarding teaching career where I get to make a difference in the lives of kids daily, challenging myself and the students to wrestle the grey of history. Due to their support and guidance, I am able to undertake the difficult yet rewarding work of being a professional educator, happily.”
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