Congratulations to Lindsay Consdorf, a chemistry teacher at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL, for being October's Teacher of the Month.
Lindsay Consdorf's instruction goes well beyond chemistry. Alongside typical science coursework, she likes to place a special focus on teaching stress management skills to her students. While the topics covered in class change throughout the year, her lessons on managing stress remain a constant.
"The students that I tend to get in class are so stressed," says Consdorf. She attributes this stress to the parents and the community, as well as to the students themselves. She realized that her students could benefit from extra support and thus makes it a priority of hers to make sure they know how to deal with any stress they are faced with.
Consdorf presents research to her students about apps that she has found and time management techniques that she believes will be helpful to her students. According to her, the short amount of time it takes to give them these life skills is well worth it.
"I gave them a useful life skill," says Consdorf. "I feel like it's so much more important than any chemistry lesson or chemistry fact that they might have picked up along the way."
Congratulations to Arturs Weible, a music teacher at Chopin Elementary School in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, for being September's Teacher of the Month.
Arturs Weible is extremely passionate about teaching music to his students in a way that is both exciting and instructional. He believes each and every one of his students has potential to do great things.
"Every child sings, every child taps and hums, and so every child has musical ability and spirit in them," says Weible. "but they just, perhaps, need a little nudge."
Weible showcases the talents of his 80 member string orchestra students in concerts at Orchestra Hall downtown, as well as Gilda's Club for their Mother's Day Brunch and St. Elizabeth Hospital at Christmastime for patients and staff. Weible also has his students perform at other schools in the area in order to introduce string instruments to students who otherwise may not have the opportunity.