Current Academic Year Winners
Below are the winners for Teacher of the Month for the current academic year.
Orlando Gonzalez takes gym class to a whole new level. "Adventure P.E.", as it is fittingly called, offers students at Bolingbrook High School a break from the traditional. Gonzalez's unique curriculum includes anything from archery and fishing to weightlifting and getting CPR certified.
These activities give students the opportunity to accumulate new practical and survival skills while also building confidence and having fun. Because she decided to try something new and take this particular class, nominating student Britanni Pendleton says that she feels more hopeful about what other exciting things she can pursue in life.
Gonzalez makes sure to get to know his students' interests and goals and this knowledge helps him better connect with them and teach them in class. His impact on his students is meaningful; his guidance and support helps them feel good about themselves and find success in what they do.
Alison Schroeder makes it her mission to tap into her students natural curiousity to build their love for science. She takes the time to get to know each and every one of her 150 seventh grade students on an individual basis so that she can determine the best way to meet their education needs.
Paired with the positivity and energy that Shroeder brings into the classroom every day, this method has been very successful. One student in particular, Kevin Murdock, appreciates his teacher's approach to teaching so much that he nominated her for Teacher of the Month recognition. To help him overcome his learning disability, Shroeder has individualized his assignments and provides him with the extra boost of confidence he needs to help him realize his potential. Murdock strongly believes she is the best teacher he could ever ask for.
"I don't think I do anything different from any other educator out there," remarks Shroeder. "Our goal as educators is to see our kids grow, develop, and become lifelong learners."