A young man’s positive comment in a barbershop led to the nomination of Andre Parker, Winton Woods High School’s head football coach, for the November community spirit award. It was several months ago when a football player with his back turned to Superintendent Anthony G. Smith gave a surprising response in a conversation regarding not proceeding to the football playoffs. “Coach Parker says we are more than just football players. We have a lot of attributes, and Winton Woods City Schools is a great place to be.”
“To hear a student speak of his positive interaction with an adult means we have the right people who are doing the right thing at the right time on our team,” said Smith. At the board meeting, Superintendent Smith spoke highly of Parker’s character and impact on our students. “This award goes to an incredible man who is more than a coach. He is a relationship builder and a role model we can all learn from.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Shown l-r at the November board of education meeting is Winton Woods board president Viola Johnson, Sandy Long, Andre Parker, Avery Parker, Krisheena Parker and Haven Parker. Photo by Drew Jackson.