D211 Post: Teachers Back for Institute Days

Institute-Days 2017
High School District 211 staff returned for two Teacher Institute days on Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 to open the 2017-2018 school year.  The first day of classes for students at all five District 211 high schools and two alternative schools is Monday, August 14.                                                         ...

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Palatine High School Teacher Mark Hibner is Golden Apple Award Finalist

A District 211 teacher is a finalist for a prestigious Golden Apple Award, which recognizes teachers’ contributions to building a better-educated and strong society through the art of excellent teaching. Mark Hibner, Applied Technology teacher at Palatine High School, was nominated for a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is one of 30 finalists for the award out of 400 initial nominations. He was recognized at the Golden Apple Celebration of Excellence on April 2. Only 10 Golden Apple Fellows will be named by the organization’s committee, which ...

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Fremd High School Teacher Steve Elza Named 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year, Encourages Students to Find Home in Education

Steve Elza, an Applied Technology teacher at Fremd High School, was recently named the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year. While students and staff gathered for an assembly to honor his accomplishment, Elza kept the focus on his students and his FHS community. “As the Illinois Teacher of the Year, it doesn’t mean I am the best teacher in Illinois,” he said to FHS students. “You are surrounded by – and I wasn’t kidding when I said – this is truly one of the best families I could be a part of. As a teacher of the year, I am an advocate for all the ...

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Fremd High School Teacher Steve Elza is Finalist for 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year

When Steve Elza, applied technology teacher at Fremd High School, first heard about being a 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year finalist, he was speechless. “I have a passion for what I do with the kids and seeing them succeed, and when someone else sees that passion and says ‘you’re doing a great job and we appreciate what you do,’ it really validates what we all do here. It’s pretty amazing.” Elza, who has worked at Fremd High School for seven years, is one of 12 finalists for 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year. The State Board annually sponsors the ...

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An Unexpected Journey: Palatine High School Teaching Assistant Honors Father in Life-Changing Boston Marathon Event

[slider_pro id="10"] When Palatine High School teaching assistant Kimberly Grauer made a promise to her father to “finish Boston,” she did much more than that. In the months leading up to the Boston Marathon, Grauer had been determined to share the story of her father’s battle with his disease. She applied and was accepted to run as part of the 200-member American Liver Foundation Team Run for Research. She spent countless hours fundraising, preparing for the Boston Marathon, and spending time with her father as he fought through his final days. Two weeks ...

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English Teacher Brian Curtin Prepares for ‘Life-Changing Experience’ as Illinois Teacher of the Year

Though what Schaumburg High School English Teacher Brian Curtin calls a humbling honor and credits to the many educators, students, parents, and family members who have shaped him into the teacher he is today, the 2012-2013 Illinois Teacher of the Year said this award is the beginning of a life-changing opportunity. Curtin, who was named the 2012-2013 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Board of Education on Oct. 20, in Bloomington, Ill., plans to use this honor as a way to spread an educational message of collaboration, communication, and working together ...

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Teacher Feature: PHS’ Sue Quinlan

“I believe that every student is capable, and it’s just a matter of helping them realize those capabilities.” - Sue Quinlan As an advocate for diversity and programs that support the multicultural population at Palatine High School, Sue Quinlan has spent much of her educational career trying to help students embrace opportunities that can enrich their lives. While she traveled abroad as an exchange student in high school and studied international relations in college, she has spent much of her life as a teacher and high school counselor in Palatine Township ...

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