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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 teachers here and across the state, but more importantly, for each and every one of ...

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 that inspired him as a teacher. “I see this award as an opportunity for an ...