Hoffman Estates High School Special Education teacher Katie McGarvey has been named the 2021 Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year.
McGarvey was told of her selection during a meeting with Principal Michael Alther, District 211 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small, and representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education on Sept. 21.
As part of this year’s Teacher of the Year program, the Illinois State Board of Education added three new categories, including Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year and Special Education Teacher of the Year. With these additions, McGarvey became the state’s first Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.
McGarvey said she was shocked when she was notified that she had been selected.
“I am so honored to have been selected,” McGarvey said. “This was incredibly unexpected. I am glad to have the opportunity to represent Hoffman Estates and District 211.”