North High Social Studies teacher Karen Spahr-Thomas has received the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award for 2022. She also received the award in 2020.
Students accepted into the University of Chicago Class of 2026 were asked to nominate an educator who helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Responses were received from thousands of students in recognition of educators who have positively impacted their lives. This award has been in place for over 30 years.
“Karen has inspired so many students throughout her years as a teacher, and being nominated by a former student is evidence of her impact,” said Dr. Courtney DeMent, principal of North High. “She is beyond deserving of this award from such a prestigious institution.”
The University of Chicago describes an Outstanding Educator as one who, “shapes young minds in meaningful ways—thoughtfully approaching instruction, sharing an infectious love for learning, and caring for students both inside and outside of the classroom.” For additional information regarding the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Awards, visit their website.
Spahr-Thomas will be honored at an event at The University of Chicago on November 8, 2022.