Honored Teacher

Guthridge School fourth grade teacher Cody Holmes was selected as the 2021 Outstanding Elementary Educator by Pittsburg State University’s College of Education.

A Parsons USD 503 teacher recently received an honor from his alma mater.

Every year Pittsburg State University’s College of Education chooses two graduates to receive its Outstanding Elementary Educator and Outstanding Secondary Educator awards. The recipients have distinguished themselves within their first seven years of service and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to education.

This spring, Cody Holmes, Guthridge School fourth grade reading and language arts teacher, was selected as the Outstanding Elementary Educator Award recipient.

Holmes, a 2014 graduate of Oswego High School, began teaching at Guthridge in the fall of 2017 after graduating from PSU in the spring. 

In just four years, Holmes’ passion for teaching has established him as one of the “best of the best,” principal Kurt Friess said. “Mr. Holmes is the kind of teacher that administrators want in their building, teachers want as a colleague, students want as a teacher and parents want for their child. This is an outstanding honor for Mr. Holmes, and it is so well deserved.”

Holmes recently completed a master’s degree as a licensed reading specialist. He serves on his school’s technology committee. In addition, Holmes serves as the summer reading programmer and coordinator at Oswego Public Library.

Friess, in a press release provided by PSU, described Holmes as one of the most outstanding educators he’s had the opportunity to supervise. 

“His passion for teaching and genuine love for his students is amazing to witness on a daily basis,” Friess said. “His positive classroom management style has allowed all students to learn at a high level, and disruptions are almost non-existent.” 

As a result, Friess said, his students exceed expectations, attend school on a more regular basis and score high in state testing. 

“You know they say, ‘Find a job you love, and you will never work another day in your life.’ That is so true,” Holmes said. “My school is my second home, and I truly enjoy what I do, even through all of the craziness, especially this year with the pandemic.” 

Holmes said it was an honor to receive the award and expressed gratitude to the district, school and his principal for their support and recognition of his efforts. 

“I would also like to thank Pittsburg State for creating this award and for all of the knowledge I gained while going through the elementary education program at PSU,” he said. “Thank you, thank you.” 

Typically, the awards are given during an April ceremony on campus. This year, recipients are being recognized virtually. 

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