Teacher Academy Instructor Rick Wakefield was selected in July as the Northeast Ohio District Teacher of the Year for 2020. Wakefield has served as a teacher in Maple Heights for the past 13 years. Wakefield started his career as an English Teacher at Maple Heights High School and then over the past five years he has led the Teacher Academy Career Tech Program at the High School, helping students who aspire to be educators get experience in the profession.
During his time running the Teacher Academy, Mr. Wakefield has helped seven Maple students to be elected to state office, including 2019 president Antoine Holloway. Wakefield also inspired 9 students during this time to place in the top 5 in the State at The Ohio Educator Rising Competition. An Ohio panel of education and community stakeholders will interview finalists to select the Ohio Teacher of the Year and the State superintendent will announce the statewide honoree in the fall. Congratulations to Mr. Wakefield!