Lake County teacher singled out as tops in Illinois
A teacher from Daniel Webster Middle School in Waukegan was among scores of honorees from throughout Illinois who were recognized as tops in their fields – from health to dance to foreign language – during an annual awards luncheon held Tuesday in Normal.
Elvia Uriostegui was honored as Outstanding Middle School Teacher after being nominated by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The eighth annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon was co-hosted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association (IEA).
“Educators help students imagine and aspire to futures they would not otherwise think possible,” Illinois Superintendent of Education Tony Smith said in a prepared statement. “... Educators see the possibilities in young people before they can even see them in themselves. I express deep thankfulness for the educators across the state who make a strong social, economic and civic future possible for all communities.”
The 59 honorees were nominated by professional organizations that ranked the educators as outstanding in their disciplines.
“The award winners have shown exemplary teaching in each of their fields, and they remind us that great education is being delivered to our students every day in every school in Illinois,” IEA President Kathi Griffin said.