Fuquay-Varina teacher earns national award

Posted May 21, 2013
Updated May 23, 2013

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— A Fuquay-Varina High School teacher was named Physical Education Teacher of the Year by  the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Charla Tedder Parker has taught phys ed at Fuquay-Varina for 12 years and has been an educator for 30. She topped four other regional winners for the national award.

“I teach from my heart every day. I want my students to know they are important, and strive to provide a safe, positive learning environment,” Parker said in accepting the award. 

The award committee cited Parker's student-centered approach to teaching. She challenges her students to develop their own practice drills and fitness warm-up routines.

Principal Edward McFarland called Parker "a living and shining example of the title – Teacher of the Year.”


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  • KIDDZA May 24, 2013

    KUDOS to Ms. Parker & FVHS. FINALLY, WCPSS has a bit of good news about a fine educator. Congrats!

  • zonk May 21, 2013

    Fuquay High has a lot of very fine teachers.Congrats to ms Parker

  • teachesesci May 21, 2013

    I have had the pleasure of working with this wonderful lady for 12 years. She always has such a positive attitude and great enthusiasm!

  • greymomma May 21, 2013

    So nice to hear a positve story out of WCPS for a change.