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  • Des Plaines teacher Kristi Ryken plays key role in coaching her colleagues Mar 9, 2015 11:00 AM
    Teachers have it tough. Beyond just getting a room full of young people to learn, they’re also expected to use new technologies, adapt to ever-changing guidelines and keep in mind the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student. Kristi Ryken knows all this because it’s her job to help make fellow teachers better.

  • Tricia Baltzersen of Algonquin uses books to inspire her sixth-grade students Feb 9, 2015 11:01 AM
    Tricia Baltzersen’s eyes light up when she talks about books. “My mom used to read this story ... ‘Are You My Mother.’ Every night, my mom would read that book to me. It would make me cry,” said Baltzersen of Algonquin. The 47-year-old sixth-grade literacy teacher at Marlowe Middle School in Lake in the Hills says the key to getting students excited about reading is matching them with the right book.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South mourns cross country coach Tom Todd Dec 12, 2014 7:21 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville South High School community is mourning the death of a beloved cross country coach and science teacher. Tom Todd died Wednesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after a two-year long battle with lymphoma. He was 61. Boys cross country parent coordinator Keena Anderson described Todd as a big man with a strong presence, but a “soft, wonderful heart.”

  • Westbrook teacher shows kids the value of staying active Dec 8, 2014 11:00 AM
    Lori Many, the physical education teacher at Westbrook School for Young Learners in Mount Prospect, has earned raves in and out of the school for her unflagging energy and creative approach. “My main goal at the start of class is simple — get them moving!” Many said.

  • The beautiful struggle of Jen Katrein’s St. Charles classroom Nov 9, 2014 4:01 PM
    Jen Katrein is a fifth grade teacher at Munhall Elementary School in St. Charles. She uses her own struggles as a student to make frustration a constructive learning environment in her class. “They have to know it’s OK for them to make mistakes,” she said.

  • New disagreement in Dist. 60 teacher's strike: school lunches Oct 27, 2014 1:49 PM
    Along with teacher salary raises and benefits, something new was added to the list of things the Waukegan School Disrict 60 administration and the teacher's union cannot agree on: school lunches. In a post to the district website Sunday, the administration said union leadership was holding up a district plan to suspend the ongoing teacher's strike two hours a day to resume food service that is available to some students during the school year.

  • New Barrington District 220 kindergarten plan doesn't make half-days transfer Oct 22, 2014 6:02 AM
    A proposed fee-based full-day kindergarten program at Barrington Area Unit School District 220 no longer would transfer half-day kindergarten students out of the elementary schools, officials said Tuesday.

  • Waukegan Dist. 60 classes canceled again because of strike Oct 19, 2014 8:38 PM
    Classes are canceled again Monday because of the ongoing strike in Waukegan Unit District 60, which has seen some 1,200 teachers hit the picket lines for more than two weeks. Contract negotiations between the district and union have not resumed since talks broke down last Wednesday.

  • Roslyn Road dedicates new Outdoor Learning Center Oct 7, 2014 5:59 PM
    The new Outdoor Learning Center at Roslyn Road Elementary School was dedicated at a ceremony Monday night with the snip of a pair of oversized scissors held by Principal Paul Kirk and several Roslyn students. The new space features an outdoor classroom outfitted with chalkboards, benches and a overhead sun screen to shield learning minds from UV rays. “The goal is that the OLC will be used by all classrooms, for activities formal and informal, in order to bring a richer understanding and appreciation of our natural world,” Kirk said.

  • Salary increase a sticking point in Dist. 75 teacher’s contract talks Oct 5, 2014 8:57 PM
    The Mundelein Elementary District 75 School Board said one sticking point in the contract negotiations with the district’s teachers is the amount of a salary increase teachers will receive, according to a letter sent to parents Sunday. The board and the Mundelein Elementary Education Association have been negotiating a new contract to replace the old terms that expired June 30th. The board’s letter claims their current proposal to the union includes salary increases that are substantially higher than inflation that would make the salaries of District 75 teachers competitive with similar districts.

  • Wheeling teacher plays key role in bilingual education Sep 8, 2014 10:51 AM
    Children born to non-English speaking parents living in America have the added challenge of mastering a new language in addition to everything else they need to learn in elementary school. These are the children that Laurie Mason loves to teach. “She just puts 110 percent into everything she does,” colleague Jennifer Costa said.

  • Elgin science teacher uses nature to engage students Aug 12, 2014 1:22 PM
    She’s the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year and her work with students has been featured in two PBS documentaries. Deb Perryman has received many accolades in her 24-year teaching career. What’s the secret to her success with students? “I’m always looking for a way to go outside of a book, looking for a way to bring in the real world,” said Perryman, who has taught biology and environmental science at Elgin High School for nearly 21 years.

  • Teachers bring teamwork to Palatine classroom Jun 9, 2014 12:48 PM
    Natalie Saia and Tony Leva started teaching together this school year, creating a collaborative classroom for students with special needs and ones without them. That atmosphere springs from their own example. Two teachers who treat each other as equals. Two teachers who learn from each other. “Words can't describe how awesome these teachers are,” said Brandyn Manzek, 12.

  • Rosary teacher Falguni Soni has a passion for science May 12, 2014 7:35 AM
    Rosary High School teacher Falguni Soni is passionate about getting girls to consider a career in science. "I see my role not only as a teacher and a coach but also as a role model in the field of science," she says.

  • New contract gives Dist. 207 teachers merit pay May 6, 2014 5:31 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 teachers who earn “excellent” ratings on annual evaluations will be eligible for $1,250 merit stipends, under terms of a five-year contract extension approved this week. District 207 is believed to be one of the few school districts in Illinois to include merit stipends in a teachers contract, officials said.

  • One teacher who made a big difference May 5, 2014 1:40 PM
    Mrs. Irwin was old, even in the 1970s, and Margaret Kaden didn't care all that much for her language arts class. Today, Mrs. Irwin is 102, and has lived long enough for Kaden to realize her long-ago class gave her the tools to be successful in her career and in life. A Teacher Appreciation Week essay.

  • Streamwood High music teacher finds students' inner talent Feb 7, 2014 4:50 PM
    David Hain's colorful personality exudes an energy that resonates with his students. A Golden Apple Award finalist, Hain teaches guitar theory, music theory, choir and orchestra at Streamwood High School. He has a knack for bringing out the singer/musician in everyone, students say.

  • Elk Grove P.E. teacher helps make school healthy Dec 9, 2013 5:42 AM
    Colleagues of Will Hogan at the Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village say more kids are choosing healthy lifestyles thanks to him. The P.E. teacher is the driving force behind the school's efforts to promote daily physical fitness and nutritional awareness — efforts that have been recognized nationally by first lady Michelle Obama and others.

  • St. Charles teacher wants collaborative effort in math Nov 22, 2013 11:26 AM
    Tina King is a sixth grade teacher at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles Unit District 303 who takes the fear out of math by focusing on life skills, not just fractions.

  • For Lyn Scolaro's students, the classroom is only the beginning Sep 9, 2013 8:28 AM
    For longtime Italian teacher Lyn Scolaro, learning a new language is about more than vocabulary words and conjugating verbs — it's a doorway. “Italian is a beautiful, musical language,” Scolaro says. “(Italians) put their passion and personality into it. The language, like everything there, is a way of life.”

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