Two Community High School District 99 teachers are recipients of the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award: North High Social Studies teacher Karen Spahr-Thomas and South High English & Communications Teacher Trevor Parker.
Students accepted into the University of Chicago Class of 2024 were asked to nominate an educator whose guidance has 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 prestigious award has existed for more than three decades.
“Ms. Spahr-Thomas and Mr. Parker are more than deserving of this prestigious award,” District 99 Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele said. “Both go above and beyond to ensure each student is on the path to success not only in high school but in their future. Being nominated by their former students is a true testament to their role as an educator.”
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.