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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>>

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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 Video included

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

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

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 Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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

Holy Family Catholic first-year teacher earns weekly honor Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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 Video included

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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