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a pioneer; somebody who's willing to take risks and create a path that isn't already there, to serve as a trail for others who will follow.


Oakwood Trailblazers


As a result of some remarkable Trailblazers, since our very beginning in 1971 Oakwood School has been a beacon of light, hope, and inspiration to families with children who struggled to learn.
Because of the encouragement and commitment of these trailblazers – individuals such as Bob and Mary McIntyre, Wretha Peterson, Barb Zukowski, Greg Shelton, and dozens of others – our students share a legacy as individuals who are not defined by what they don’t know, but rather are empowered by the knowledge that they can achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.  They are strong learners today because of those strong individuals who influenced their lives.  The teachers, administrators, and professionals who truly possessed what we so often refer to as the “Oakwood Heart”.
These trailblazers saw in the Oakwood child a world of possibility.  They had the tenacity and compassion to work tirelessly to unlock the hearts and minds of their students.  They persevered to adopt a wide range of progressive techniques and methodologies, until they found the ones that would be most effective for each individual child.  Ultimately, they equipped students with the tools they needed to succeed emotionally, and academically throughout their lives.