Shelton High School teacher to be honored for civics education work

Joshua Parker, a Social Studies teacher at Shelton High School since 2008, was nominated for the Legislature's Civic Educator of the Year Award by 35th District state Rep. Drew MacEwen. Parker will be honored for his nomination at the state Capitol in Olympia on Feb. 17.

The Civic Educator of the Year Award is sponsored by the Washington State Legislature to honor one outstanding civic educator in the state.

“Joshua has routinely brought his Advanced Placement students to the Capitol as an opportunity to engage them in the legislative process and interact with elected officials,” said MacEwen, R-Union. “Ensuring students understand the legislative process and how government impacts their lives is one of the most important things teachers like Joshua can do.”

In 2013, Josh was nominated for the Promising Young Educator of the Year Award in the Shelton School District. He serves as the moderator of the Climber Crew, a group of seniors that help sophomores transition into the high school setting. Additionally, Josh is the acting union representative for his building.

“I have had the opportunity to spend time with Joshua and his students throughout the past year, and have been greatly impressed by his abilities,” MacEwen said. “It is clear from talking with his students that he is enthusiastic about education and passionate about showing how they can give back to their communities. As a father of two boys, teachers like Joshua are great reminders that we have some of the best and brightest teaching in our classrooms.”

Parker has a Master's Degree in Education from The Evergreen State College and is currently working on his National Board Certification.

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