Company: MSD Washington Township
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
April Oldham, Teacher at MSD Washington Township, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
Ms. Oldham has excelled as an experienced special education teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry and as a strong education professional skilled in nonprofit organizations, mentoring, coaching, staff development, educational leadership and strategic planning. As a special education resource teacher, she works with students who have a variety of disabilities including those that are on the autism spectrum
After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Science in special education psychology with a minor in educational psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1979, Ms. Oldham continued her education with a Master of Science in Education-Psychometrics in special education from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1982.
From 1985 to 1992, Ms. Oldham provided superior service as a special education teacher of children with learning disabilities with Harcourt Elementary School and from 1993 to the present with Allisonville Elementary School, both in Indianapolis. For her dedication and excellence, Ms. Oldham was awarded the 2017 MSD Washington Township District Teacher of the Year and in 2009 won the Indianapolis Power and Light Golden Apple Award. She is a member of The National Drifters Inc., an organization of women across the nation that do volunteer works in the community to better their community.
Ms. Oldham attributes her success to having good role models and mentors. Her first mentor and role model she had was her mother, who was also a teacher and from whom she inherited her love of working with students. She was inspired to enter the special education field by the story of her brother, who was born with multiple physical disabilities and lived for just four days. She remembers writing her parents a letter that said she needed to be the kind of teacher that she wanted her brother to have had who would treat him with respect and dignity.
Ms. Oldham considers her career highlight becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. It was a lot of hard work to attain and reflected upon her teaching. Though she intends to continue her work with the national board as a mentor and a facilitator, she is looking forward to retirement and the chanced to travel.
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