Wendell Fisher, who began working for Loudoun County Public Schools as a substitute teacher in 1989, has been awarded the 2017 Ann Robinson Social Justice Award.
Fisher is outreach program supervisor for LCPS. He was nominated for the award to honor his commitment to the Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee and his longtime involvement with young people in the community.
He began his career with LCPS as a substitute teacher at Broad Run High School, but was looking for a more permanent position. He found it at Loudoun County High School as an in-school restriction teacher. It was in this role that he began holding student forums, where students had the opportunity to speak in a social setting and do so respectfully.
Fisher then spent two years as a counselor at a youth shelter helping children in distress before becoming the outreach director for the YMCA. Former
LCPS Superintendent Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III invited Fisher back into the schools to conduct student forums once a month. Fisher estimates that he interacted with 100,000 students during the years that he made these visits to LCPS middle and high schools.
Fisher’s involvement with the schools led him to run for the Loudoun County School Board in 1995. He served four years as the at-large representative.
Fisher joined LCPS in his current role as outreach program supervisor in 2007.
He serves on the advisory board for four community organizations: Mobile Hope, United Way, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the YMCA.
The award is presented annually by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun. It honors the memory of longtime congregation member Ann Robinson.
Criteria for the award include:
- Someone who undertook to initiate or lead an effort that resulted in a concrete benefit or sustained improvement for individuals or groups that are often overlooked;
- “Unsung heroes” who do not seek recognition or reward for their good work;
- People who intervene to redress an injustice;
- People who promote empowerment and inclusivity
Specifically, the award seeks to showcase actions in Loudoun County that advance socioeconomic opportunity, racial equity or support for those with disabilities.