State announces 2021 Teacher of the Year nominees

Two suburban educators are among 10 finalists for the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award to be announced next month.

Kathleen Duffy, who teaches social studies at Barrington High School, and Aimee Park, a science teacher at Lisle Junior High School, qualified as finalists for the state’s highest honor for exemplary educators by making the 10 Regional Teachers of the Year list released Tuesday.



“There are so many extraordinary educators, in Barrington 220 and the state of Illinois, and it is surreal to be a finalist for this award,” said Duffy, a Barrington native and graduate of Barrington High where she played volleyball and softball.

She now teaches global studies honors and AP world history, coaches the freshman softball and volleyball teams, and sponsors the Unsilence Club.

A committee of administrators, teachers, educational service and student support personnel, and past Illinois Teachers of the Year selected the 10 outstanding

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