North Cook Area Teachers Recipients of State Awards

Several educators from the North Cook ISC region are among the recipients of the state’s most distinguished educator awards, announced by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today.

ISBE announced 10 Regional Teachers of the Year who are now in the running for the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year – the state’s highest honor for exemplary educators. ISBE also named its Outstanding Early Career Educator, and for the first time, named a Teacher of the Year in the categories of Bilingual Education and Special Education for being role models in educational equity for students.



“Receiving a Teacher of the Year award has taken on new meaning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our educators have surmounted radical shifts in how they teach and connect with students,”said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala.

Educators from the North Cook ISC region are:

Justin Johnson, a high school

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