Teacher Spotlight

Grade: 5   l   Subject: All
St. George School

Bourbonnais, Illinois


Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Back in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, I attended Queen of Apostles Grammar School in Riverdale, IL. My favorite teacher was my second grade teacher, Mrs. Heiy. Next to my mom, I thought Mrs. Heiy had the most beautiful hair in the world. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I remember wanting to get my hair cut just like Mrs. Heiy. 
She is my favorite, not just for outwardly characteristics, but also because she recognized strengths in her students that other teachers might have otherwise overlooked. Mrs. Heiy took the time to really get to know her students, a practice I try to emulate in my own teaching career today. She was the first teacher to see that I was not being challenged to my full potential. She would let me help with special projects, and even foretold my future teaching career by letting me tutor fellow classmates that needed help. Mrs. Heiy went against the grain at that time and worked very hard to double-promote me into fourth grade.
Grade: MS   l   Subject: LA


Prarie View Middle School

Tinley Park, Illinois


Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

My favorite teacher was Mr. Art Wagner, a Biology Professor from my college days. He proved to me that if one's career is truly one's passion in life then a person will never really have to "work" their entire life. Instead they will simply get to pursue their passion. The trick is choosing that career wisely.

 What are three things every teacher should own?
Three things every teacher should own are, in no particular order: a nice collection of sweaters; a unique relic from their high school or college days; a solid collection of literature.
  Grade: 5th   l   Subject: All


Bradley West School

Bradley, Illinois

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lusk. She was kind, nice, and had a great sense of humor.

I just ran into her this fall at my church. She is over 80 years old. She remembered me and I told her she was my favorite teacher. She could not believe that I had been a teacher for 21 years. After a few laughs and a few tears we parted ways. It was so great to see her and tell her how awesome a teacher she really was to me.
If you could have any person (living, dead, or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
I would love to have Abraham Lincoln as my principal. He was such a fair and honest man. I think that he would have made a fantastic principal.
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Grade: 9-12    l   Subject: English


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What are three things every teacher should own?

An open mind and an open heart because each student has unique circumstances and needs. And the third? A laptop (or iPad)--with all the work piled on teachers, it's essential that they can take it with them so they spend every hour of the day at school.



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