Current Academic Year Winners
Below are the winners for Teacher of the Month for the current academic year.
Daniel Taff has a special sort of charisma that makes his natural chemistry students not only admire him, but also helps them fully understand the material. Taff emphasizes the importance of conversation and interaction in the learning process because he believes that it allows students to reinforce the concepts they are taught and ensure that they are able to explain it themselves.
Student Isreal Martinez was excited to nominate his teacher so that he could know how much he and other students appreciate the work he does.
Taff is always available to answer his students' questions, either in person or via email. He understands that, ultimately, he is there for his students' educations and futures above all else, so it is best to tailor the lessons in a way that best benefits them -- whether it is through discussion, humor or activities.
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 curiosity 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."