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Teacher of the Week: Courtney Samuelson, Ledgewood Elementary

Courtney Samuelson is a special education teacher at Ledgewood Elementary School in Roscoe. For the past 11 years, she has been brightening those halls.  

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Teacher of the Week: Brad Carlson - Guilford High

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Brad Carlson takes the extra time and makes the extra effort for his students at Guilford High School.  

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Teacher of the Week: Amy Schmidt - Rockford Christian Elementary

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Every WREX takes the time to thank local teachers with our Teacher of the Week award. This week's winner is Amy Schmidt, second grade teacher at Rockford Christian Elementary School. 

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Teacher of the Week - Bob Schweiger, St. Edward School

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For the past 18 years, Bob Schweiger has been a middle school teacher at St. Edward School in Rockford.  

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Teacher of the Week: Heidi Heilman

At Riverdahl Elementary School in Rockford, teacher Heidi Heilman spends the morning teaching her 3rd graders. The lesson on this day, cause and effect. 

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Teacher of the Week: Diana Kelly at Stephen Mack Middle School

The halls of Stephen Mack Middle School in Rockton are busy, filled with students with a lot of energy.  

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Teacher of the Week: Kassi Thew

At Welsh Elementary School in Rockford, Kassi Thew is listing off words that describe different emotions.

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Teacher of the Week: Debbie Close

On snowy days, sometimes the best medicine is simply a good book. Luckily for the 8th graders at Meridian Junior High School their teacher, Debbie Close, has plenty of them.  

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Teacher of the Week: Angela Hulsey - Beyer Elementary

Inside Angela Hulsey's kindergarten class at Beyer Elementary School, you will find her teaching the fundamentals like how to count. 

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Teacher of the Week: Ken Husser - Belvidere North High School

In Ken Husser's classroom at Belvidere North High School the things on the walls show a few things about him. 

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Teacher of the Week: Katrina Garnhart

At East High School, Katrina Garnhart is an English teacher who is less worried about the words on the pages and more interested in the lives of her students. 

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Teacher of the Week: KC Goad

Inside of a loud, crazy and chaotic gym at Flinn Middle School, students run to work off their energy for the day. Luckily for these sweaty students, they have a teacher with enough energy to keep up with them. 

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Teacher of the Week: Brad Christoff

Inside Hononegah High School, you will find Brad Christoff's classroom. The first thing you will notice when walking through the doors is that it's not the most quiet classroom at the school. 

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Teacher of the Week: Cari Benkovich of Whitman Post Elementary

A good teacher inspires students and ignites a passion in them to love learning. So when Cari Benkovich's third grade student Katherine Hardwich said, "I tell my mom everyday that I love school!" Benkovich was overwhelmed with emotion. 

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Teacher of the Week: Julie Rohl

When students walk into Julie Rohls science class at Rockford Christian School, they know to roll up their sleeves and get to work. It's something that her 6th graders do on a daily basis. 

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Teacher of the Week: James Sabathne

To some, a high school history is not the most exciting of subjects. There are a lot of dates, names and event which can drive a student to boredom. 

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Teacher of the Week: Todd Hall of Meridian Junior High

At Meridian Junior High School, Todd Hall teaches his 6th graders English.

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Teacher of the Week: Lance Tuula of Whitman School

Learning is fun, or at least it should be but in Mr. Lance Tuulas 5th grade class at Whitman School in Rockton, fun is a guarantee.

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Teacher of the Week: Joe Meersman, Boylan HS

Walking though the halls at Boylan Catholic High School you can see the connection that Mr. Meersman has with his students. "He's always saying hi to people in the hallways. He makes my day whenever I see him in the halls. Hes awesome." 

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Teacher of the Week: Erin Abruzzo of Harlem High School

A teacher at Harlem High School is balancing equations to equal success. She is the WREX Teacher of the Week.

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Teacher of the Week: Steven Powers of East High School

The first year of high school is often a memorable one and a Rockford teacher wants to make sure his students can look back fondly on freshman year. 

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Teacher of the Week: Bob Schrom of Flinn Middle School

A Flinn Middle School teacher will retire this year and students wanted to make sure he received a WREX special recognition before he leaves.   

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Teacher of the Week: Ann Chapetta of Hononegah High School

History is of course a study of the past.  So bringing it to life can make a big difference in a classroom.  A teacher at Hononegah High School is doing just that. 

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Teacher of the Week: Mr. Phillip Potaczek of Marquette Elementary School

A Machesney Park teacher's lightheartedness keeps student excited about class and ready to learn.   Students at Marquette Elementary School get excited about returning to class after the weekend all because of a third grade teacher.   

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Teacher of the Week: Mr. Jeremy Toledo of Rockford Catholic schools

A Rockford teacher is helping students find undiscovered musical talents.  .

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Teacher of the Week:Nick Lassandro of Carlson Elementary School

One Rockford teacher makes it fun for kids and is our WREX teacher of the week.

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Teacher of the Week: Katie Malooly of Regional Alternative School at Harlem High School

Motivating students can be hard on a teacher, especially if kids simply don't want to be there, but WREX's Teacher of the Week is proof that they can be inspired.

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Teacher of the Week: Christine Pickel of Prairie Hill Elementary School

The first few years of a child's education are important for their future.  A Prairie Hill Elementary School teacher makes sure her first graders have what they need at ground level.   

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Teacher of the Week: Itasha Montgomery of Guilford High School

A Guilford High School teacher encourages her students to sing, but she's not a music teacher. She's a Spanish teacher, our WREX Teacher of the Week.  

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Teacher of the Week: Lindsay Johnson of CICS Jackson Charter School

A Jackson Charter School Kindergarten classroom has its walls covered with charts and materials for learning.

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Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Sloan of CICS Jackson School

A local teacher says she's on cloud nine after a whirlwind of a week.Cynthea Sloan of CICS Jackson does have a lot to celebrate. She recently got married, and a certain special someone gave her a big nomination.  More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Laue of Pecatonica Elementary

Bringing experiences with her family to the classroom; it's one of many things our Teacher of the Week does to get her kindergarteners comfortable.  More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Merrill of Oregon Elementary

Today we bring you our Teacher of Week from Oregon who says more often than not, she's the one learning. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Flynn of Guilford High School

It's tough teaching high school, at least that's what many local teachers tell us, but one in particular says she gets through to them by 'doing,' not just 'saying.'  More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Ballard of Pecatonica Elementary

Remember learning 2 + 2 in Kindergarten? Well the 5-year-olds at Pecatonica Elementary are far beyond that this year, and it's all thanks to their teacher. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Bardelas of Forreston Elementary

A teacher that has been in the business for nearly 40 years says she couldn't be happier about where she is. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Sargent of Lena-Winslow Elementary

Students across the area are almost done for the year, and what they say is keeping them attentive is laughter. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mr. Reid Jutras

A teacher being called the ideal role model by those who learn from him.Reid Jutras teaches high school psychology, but his students believe that's not all he teaches them. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Erbe and Mrs. Sundberg

Teachers are touching the lives of their students every day they are in the classroom, and some students say they want to acknowledge them for the hard work that they do. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Richardson

Teachers say that you have to switch things up in the classroom to keep the kids thinking.  More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Rozanski

Last week we brought you a Golden Apple teacher from Boylan High School. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Shamim

Do you remember the teacher that taught you 2+2?
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Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Ann Sullivan of Hiawatha Elementary

Making the kids feel comfortable when starting a full day of school is one of the most important things a teacher can do. More>>

WREX Teacher of the Week: Karen Cantele of Belvidere High School

Students say she's giving them the power of voice. It is just one of the many qualities they say make Karen Cantele of Belvidere High School a great teacher.
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Teacher of the Week: Mike Lalor of Meridian Junior High

His unique, fun personality — that's what some say make Mr. Mike Lalor of Meridian Junior High a great teacher.
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Teacher of the Week: Caroline Wright at Maud Johnson Elementary

The WREX Teacher of the Week is Ms. Caroline Wright at Maud Johnson Elementary.

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Rockford Christian School teacher earns award on last day of school Video included

On the last day of the school year, Rockford Christian's Mrs. Cheri White got the surprise of the year, when her sons, husband and I showed up in her classroom on the last day of school to award her with the Teacher of the Week honor. More>>

Hononegah High School teacher earns award in final days of school year Video included

With only 13 days left out of the school year, not like anyone's counting, Hononegah High School's Ms. Kim Zdobylak is ending the year on top. More>>

Auburn CAPA teacher dances toward Teacher of the Week award Video included

Mrs. Louann Alberts is a creative thinker, not just as a teacher, but as a dance instructor in Auburn High and Performing Arts program. More>>

Rockton Grade School teacher gets surprise of a lifetime with Golden Apple Award Video included

Mrs. Erin Salberg has struck gold, a surprise to her and her entire first grade class. More>>

Boylan High School biology teacher experiments and earns Teacher of the Week award Video included

After graduating from college with plans to go to medical school, Boylan High School's Mrs. Amber Earlywine had a change of heart, and in her sixth year of teaching, is being honored with our Teacher of the Week award. More>>

Forreston High School band director's Teacher of the Week award is music to his ears Video included

It was music to Mr. Chip Braker's ears. Not the instruments, but the announcement that he had earned Teacher of the Week, in his final year of teaching, and after 31 years, this is what he'll miss. More>>

Creative Learners II Preschool teacher gives students solid foundation for learning

Think back to when you were four years old.  Life was filled with games, learning and the beginning of school. More>>

Gold takes on new meaning for Fairview Early Childhood teacher

Gold takes on a different meaning for Fairview Early Childhood Center's, Ms. Sarah Meyers. More>>

Washington Academy of Rockford teacher earns Golden Apple Award with a team effort Video included

It was a golden moment, as Washington Academy's Mr. Joshua Rollins was awarded the Golden Apple, the Academy Award of teaching. More>>

Eastland Elementary teacher twists and shakes her way to a Teacher of the Week honor

Combine dancing, singing and teaching and that describes Eastland Elementary's Mrs. Sherry Callaway. After 30 years in the classroom, she is finally Teacher of the Week. More>>

TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Highland Elementary teacher's aide succeeds at 83

For some people, age is just a number This couldn't ring more true for Highland Elementary's Mr. Victor Teran. More>>

Brookview Elementary calls Teacher of the Week Award "completely unexpected" Video included

Inspiration can come from anything. For Brookview Elementary's, Mrs. Addie Wilson, her passion to teach came from her husband. More>>

Rockford IQRA School teacher gives her kids a smooth transition to first grade Video included

Rockford IQRA School teacher, Mrs. Mona Afzal, doesn't consider herself any different than her fellow co-workers. But after a nomination letter and a surprise visit, she feels pretty special, as our Teacher of the Week. More>>

Empire Elementary teacher retires on a high note

Mrs. Barbara Searby wanted to retire on a memorable note. Thanks to her third grader, Asher kubly, the Teacher of the Week award, will be hard to forget. More>>

Lincoln Middle School teacher focuses on healthy future, good decisions

Making good decisions can set you up for the future. More>>

West Middle School teacher raps her way to Teacher of the Week award

Some people teach literature. Others rap about it. After 35 years in the classroom, West Middle School's Mrs. Karen Portis continues to drop a beat for her students. More>>

Winnebago High school geometry teacher equals perfect solution for weekly honor

Earning the Teacher of the Week award takes a special equation, but with the help of one of his students, Winnebago High School geometry teacher, Mr. Roger Anderson, has solved it. More>>

TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Highland Elementary teacher makes reading a priority

Kindergarten is the foundation of learning. Mrs. Jacqui Goodman gets to be a part of that, every day, as a kindergarten teacher at Highland Elementary in Stillman Valley. More>>

TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Maud E. Johnson teacher makes writing her top priority

It's never too early to learn how to read and write well. That's Ms. Julia Johnson's philosophy at Maud E. Johnson Elementary School in Rockford. More>>

Perry Elementary teacher dresses to impress to earn Teacher of the Week honor

Imagine getting a surprise in your classroom, when you're dressed like Ron Burgundy. Perry Elementary's Mrs. Jenny Midgett can relate. She swapped the red blazer for a green one, though, as I presented her with the Teacher of the Week honor. More>>

St. James teacher earns a holly jolly Teacher of the Week honor

Elementary school is often known for its fair share of art projects, our Teacher of the Week, Mrs. Mikki Yates' classroom, is no different. More>>

Handwritten letter earns Rolling Green teacher weekly honor

Getting a hand-written letter in the mail is a pleasant surprise in today's technology-driven world. Rolling Green Elementary's, Mrs. Brandie Fago, not only got a written note, but a Teacher of the Week Award to go with it. More>>

St. Rita Catholic School music teacher hits high note as Teacher of the Week

It takes a certain skill level and the perfect pitch to be a music teacher. St. Rita Catholic School's, Mr. Jeremy Toledo, hits the right high note, with our Teacher of the Week Award. More>>

East High School teacher uses creative edge to earn Teacher of the Week award

A work of art is a creative process. It takes time, skill and effort. More>>

Holy Family Catholic first-year teacher earns weekly honor

Most first-year teachers are just hoping to survive and get used to the classroom, But one Holy Family Catholic School teacher is proving to do more than just get by. More>>

Shirland School teacher still finds joy in classroom after 40 years

It doesn't take much to make Mrs. Carol Pankratz smile. More>>

Rockton Grade School teacher proves you're never too old for a career change

At the age of 40, she became a teacher, an unlikely age to make a drastic career change. But Dummer says she did it for the kids. Since she never had any of her own, she considers her students, part of her family. More>>

Pecatonica teacher, students have a whale-of-a-time in first grade

The wonderful whales of Pecatonica Elementary may sound like something you'd find in an aquarium or even by a beach, but it's a first grade class. More>>

R.K. Welsh Elementary teacher finds success in second career

Imagine doing a job for 20 years, then deciding one day you want to be a teacher. R.K. Welsh Elementary's, Mr. Jeffrey Lash, did just that. Now, he's getting recognized in his new career, as our Teacher of the Week. More>>

McIntosh teacher follows in family's footsteps

We get a lot of Teacher of the Week nominations from students' parents, but not often from a teacher's parent. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Angela Manalli

Think back to the first grade: the projects you did, the friends you made. Well, when Washington Academy third-grader Evelyn Valdez thinks back, she remembers her favorite teacher, Mrs. Angela Manalli. More>>

Oregon Elementary teacher's extra effort is recognized with Teacher of the Week award

It was a complete surprise for Oregon Elementary first grade teacher, Mrs. Holly Peterson, when she was awarded the Teacher of the Week honor. Someone who wasn't surprised? One of her students. More>>

Teacher of the Week: Carist Koehl

Nothing says "welcome back to school" like a Teacher of the Week award, and Jones-Farrar Magnet School's Carist Koehl is celebrating the honor thanks to a parent. More>>

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