Teresa Adams, executive director of the Leap Frog Program, is the Oxford School District 2016 Citizen of the Year. The district’s Citizen of the Year Award honors an area resident who has made a sustained and significant contribution to Oxford, especially to the education and well-being of children.
The mission of Leap Frog is to provide a nurturing environment in which at-risk students can develop and enhance necessary skills for academic success, build productive, ongoing relationships with adults, and improve their self-esteem. The nonprofit, after-school tutoring and mentoring program serves 140 at-risk first through third graders from Oxford and Lafayette County schools.
Oxford School District Superintendent Brian Harvey says that the district’s Citizen of the Year recipients are widely recognized as respected leaders who have created a lasting legacy on the community, especially Oxford school children.
“Teresa’s passion for her children and her program and their success is the primary reason for her selection as our district’s Citizen of the Year,” said Harvey. “She is committed to securing quality volunteers and materials for the Leap Frog Program. Her persistence in working to find space and provide for logistics in one of her greatest assets. We are glad to have a partner like Leap Frog and Teresa.”
Adams is described as tirelessly energetic in helping the children who participate in the after-school and enrichment program. Her drive stems from having a servant’s heart and wanting to help those who need it the most.
“I have loved working with children, and I grew up in a big family that regularly committed to community service,” said Adams. “I was ecstatic to take the leadership position of the Leap Frog Program nearly ten years ago. Leap Frog has been close to my heart for a very long time.”
Adams is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She resides in Oxford with her husband, Talbot, and six-year-old twin boys, Jack and Jesse.
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