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Science teacher inspires through hands-on learning
By Madhu Krishnamurthy
Aug 9, 2015 2:40 PM
Sherry Douglas, who teaches science at Westfield Community School in Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300, was dubbed 2015 Kane County Educator of the Year.
Tips from a top teacher
Jun 6, 2015 1:00 AM
Tips from a top teacher: The three things Alessandra Kennedy says all successful teachers do.
Top Teacher: Hoffman Estates educator makes learning a ‘two-way street'
By Katlyn Smith
Jun 7, 2015 5:16 PM
Meet the Hoffman Estates teacher who has dyed her hair orange, dressed up as a scarecrow and belted out Sia. "She's a kid at heart -- but a really hard-working one and a really dedicated one," a co-worker says of Alessandra Kennedy, this month's pick for the Daily Herald's Top Teacher.
Top Teacher: Kaneland English teacher inspires, educates for 35 years
By Susan Sarkauskas
May 11, 2015 10:53 AM
"The only thing that can keep me coming back every day is that room full of kids," Kaneland High School English teacher Patty Welker says after 35 years. It's because the audience changes each year, giving her a new chance to help kids see the value in reading literature and learning to write well.
Rauner's plan would increase pension penalties for schools
By Mike Riopell
Apr 20, 2015 10:45 AM
A law aimed at curbing late-career raises for educators continues to sting some suburban school districts with six-figure costs. A new proposal from Gov. Bruce Rauner raises the prospect of more penalties.
Respect rules in Winfield teacher's first-grade classroom
By Jessica Cilella
Apr 13, 2015 3:09 PM
In her 25 years of teaching first grade at Pleasant Hill Elementary in Winfield, Sally Keith has mastered the art of classroom management. She spends the beginning of each school year building relationships with students and families while also teaching good behavior. It's just a few of the many reasons Keith has been named one of the suburbs' Top Teachers, a distinction the Daily Herald awards monthly to outstanding suburban teachers.
Des Plaines teacher Kristi Ryken plays key role in coaching her colleagues
By Doug T. Graham
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
By Madhu Krishnamurthy
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
By Jessica Cilella
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
By Matt Arado
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.
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