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Meet Sycamore's Dynamic Dad Duo

essex and norwood

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned the true identities of the heroes among us. Thousands of unsung heroes have worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes to serve friends, family, neighbors, and communities. They have helped in innumerable ways during difficult times.

Two more Avon heroes, John Essex and Elijah Norwood, recently revealed their identities when they signed up to become substitute teachers at Sycamore Elementary, the school their children attend.

"Eli and his family are our neighbors and our kids play together often," said Essex, a medical editor who advises authors who hope to publish their writings in medical journals. "He’s in a similar situation as myself as the owner of his companies, so he and I are able to lend our time helping Avon Schools get through this current teaching staff crisis as a sub."

These friends and neighbors decided to get involved after receiving information about staffing concerns from Sycamore Principal Nicole Harris.

Norwood, an up-and-coming artist whose work has recently been featured by the Indiana State Museum, considers involvement a no-brainer. "It's in my job description as a dad to respond to my child's needs, to keep them safe, and to ensure they're learning and growing. I couldn't be more excited to step up during this time of need."

"Their application came just in time," said Sycamore Principal Nicole Harris. "As we continue working to keep our schools safely open for in-person learning, we need all the help we can get." Harris noted the need for bus drivers, instructional assistants, cafeteria staff, custodial crew, and extra curricular activity helpers in addition to substitute teachers. "I'd encourage readers to follow the example of John and Eli by finding out where help is needed, rolling up their sleeves, and getting involved."

Visit Avon's employment page or contact your child's school if you would like to get involved.

Avon Schools Substitute Flyer