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  • 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.”

  • Schaumburg band director enters ‘senior year’ Aug 24, 2013 9:27 AM
    Schaumburg High School Music Department Chair Kevin Miller has gotten into the habit of telling his senior band members they have work hard because it’s their last year. Now, his students are playing that card on him. Miller, who's retiring at the end of the school year, said what he enjoys most about teaching has remained the same over his 33-year career. “I’ve always loved the kids. It’s all about the kids," he said.

  • Dundee-Crown special education teacher stresses literacy Aug 12, 2013 5:32 AM
    Karen Leinen's 15 years moving up the corporate ladder with FedEx gave her plenty of leadership training and recognition, but “I found that no matter how much personal success I had achieved, there was something still missing. I was doing it all for me,” Leinen said. “None of it was in the service of others.” She now teaches special education at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

  • Harper Grad Will Tackle Next Courses as Fellow in Germany May 15, 2013 1:37 PM
    After completing her Harper College associate degree this May, Stephanie Bemis will head to a yearlong fellowship in Germany on the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.

  • Tips from a great teacher May 13, 2013 7:12 AM
    Tips from a great teacher: Al Ochsner's advice

  • Al Ochsner, in the words of his students May 15, 2013 9:41 AM
    What students have to say about Al Ochsner

  • Second career a serendipitous fit for Geneva art teacher May 13, 2013 7:18 AM
    Being a teacher wasn't Al Ochsner's initial career choice. He followed a dream, making a living as a professional artist. But in middle age, the single father of two needed some extra income and took a gig as a substitute teacher at Geneva High School. He fell in love with teaching. Now, at age 52, he is doing it full-time. "This is a job I look forward to coming to," he said. "This is a really cool place."

  • Top teacher serves as a muse for students Apr 8, 2013 8:58 AM
    Art takes many forms. The 500 students in Tricia Fuglestad's classes at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights learn history, videomaking, filmwriting, tweeting, blogging, uploading, singing, acting, graphic design, animation and more, but all of it is art. "We are definitely a hands-on art program," said Fuglestad, now in her 21st year of teaching, all in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25. "I want to have the kids engaged in whatever they do."

  • Bartlett teacher Lana Brozik calls herself a lifelong learner Feb 11, 2013 5:36 AM
    Lana Brozik is a master teacher, a model educator and a lifelong learner. She teaches students English and language arts at Eastview Middle School in Bartlett but reaches beyond her eighth-graders to improve the quality of education districtwide. A ripple effect from Brozik's mentorship means she will continue to affect student learning long after she retires at the end of this year.

  • Hoffman Estates instructor is a Daily Herald ‘Top Teacher’ Dec 3, 2012 10:12 AM
    Dozens of students wave or say hello to Ryan Brown when they pass the 35-year-old English teacher in the hallways of Hoffman Estates High School. Brown is popular with the students, but it's his impact on their success in and out of the classroom that has earned him recognition by the Daily Herald as one of The Suburbs' Top Teachers, a new distinction awarded to outstanding suburban teachers.

  • How to nominate an educator Dec 3, 2012 8:38 AM
    With today's issue, we have begun to tell the stories of The Suburbs' Top Teachers, who they are, what makes them good, how they do what they do. We're looking for your recommendations. Email us at or send a letter to Best Teachers, Daily Herald, P.O. Box 280, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.

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