Posted On: Monday, April 15, 2013

Harding Middle School Guidance Counselor Emily Adkins has been chosen to represent Ohio PTA District 11 in the statewide competition for Ohio Educator of the Year.

Each day, Adkins, who has been a counselor at Harding since 2006, says she works “to advocate for all that contributes to student development and courageously confront what may impede it.”  Adkins believes the most important facet of her work is “giving students the proper support so that they can obtain achievement at their highest potential.”

She has provided that support in many ways and through many different avenues. Adkins is a mentor to many Harding students through her role not only as a Guidance Counselor, but as adviser to the middle school cheerleading squads as well as Rachel’s Club and Girls on Track, two organizations Adkins brought to Harding to help raise self-esteem and a spirit of cooperation among the student body and the club participants. She also began a student ambassador program that pairs current students with new students to help ease the transition for the incoming student.

Adkins is also integrally involved in every Harding building committee, including the Building Leadership Team.

Adkins’ open and collaborative approach among students creates a supportive and safe environment in which students can feel comfortable about coming to her with any issues.

Said one sixth-grader: “If there is any problem you might have with anything, you can talk to [Mrs. Adkins] and she will definitely try to help...she always has so many good ideas to get kids working together.  She listens to all of us.”

The winner of Ohio’s Outstanding Educator of the Year will be announced this Sunday, April 21, at an awards dinner in Columbus.

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