Role Model Finds His Calling at High School

High school student and football player Isaiah Edwards, 16, was recently honored by the district for his exemplary volunteer work with special needs children in the district. In particular, Edwards was singled out for acting as a role model and mentor for Peter Gilbert, a 13 year-old student at Robert Frost who has autism and a rare genetic disease.

Calling Edwards a hero, Frank Caliguiri, Deer Park’s assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services, said, “Isaiah has a rare gift and has found his calling in working with these kids. He is so in tune with what is necessary in the life of an autistic child.”

Edwards is considering a future career as a teacher, and according to Caliguiri, would be welcomed back to his alma mater one day as an educator.