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District 181 art teacher Theresa McGee has earned the Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Art Education Association (NAEA). The honor is awarded annually to one educator in not only K-12 school systems, but universities and museums, as well. McGee accepted the award at the NAEA conference in San Diego in March, where she also presented a ten-minute spotlight on the work of her Monroe School students and how she integrates technology in curriculum. In other exciting news, McGee was chosen to attend the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Global Institute this summer.
Clarendon Hills Middle School Math Team members recently competed in a state math competition following a 1st place win in the suburban division of the regional MathCounts Competition. The regional event took place February 22. Participating CHMS students included Annika Agrawal, Daren Chen, Chuqi Zheng, and Kevin Jin, with students Nathan Cruz Walma and Hayward Melton serving as alternates. The state contest on March 8 included 300 students from over 75 schools; the event was organized by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) to recognize achievement in math skills. CHMS teacher Mary Sprengnether is the team’s sponsor and says this was the first time in 17 years she can recall CHMS winning the first place prize at the regional event and bringing a whole team to the state competition. She also noted that four of the team members are 7th graders, who competed against many 8th graders.