Teacher of the Week

Teacher of the Week

Teacher of the Week: Krista Overstreet

Meet KRISTA OVERSTREET, a 14-year veteran but newcomer to teaching 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds at Urbana Early Childhood Education. Here's more on the former Tolono schools teacher and Centennial High track coach.

Teacher of the Week: Susan Drake

Meet SUSAN DRAKE, a fourth-grade teacher at Salt Fork North Elementary in Catlin. Each day, Drake gives her students a riddle, question or fact of the day.

“It’s fun to watch young minds develop throughout the year and learn to grasp riddles and further research the question or fact of the day,” she says.

Here’s more.

Teacher of the Week: Megan Desmond

Meet MEGAN DESMOND, a former Heritage student who returned to the Champaign County district six years ago — this time as a third-grade teacher — following a stint in St. Charles, Mo. Here's more.

Teacher of the Week: Eleni Sofronis

Meet ELENI SOFRONIS, a veteran Latin teacher at St. Thomas More who moved to the United States from Greece in 1990. She's been teaching at the Champaign high school since opening day in 2000, but will retire at the end of this academic year. Here's more:

Teacher of the Week: Laura Flint

Meet LAURA FLINT, a 21-year veteran who has taught English/language arts for grades 6-8 at Rossville-Alvin Grade School for the past 18 years. Prior to that, she taught second and sixth grade at Rantoul City Schools. Here's more from staff writer Noelle McGee:

Teacher of the Week: Chris Antonsen

CHRIS ANTONSEN has been many things — college professor, web developer, scout leader, dad, grant writer and these days, language-arts teacher at Champaign's Countryside School.

But there's another title he gets questions about. As in: What exactly is a folklorist?

Teacher of the Week: Amy Martin

Meet AMY MARTIN, a preschool teacher at Rantoul's Head Start, whose signature move is going above and beyond with her classroom decor. This year, she custom-built a barn — in keeping with the class's farm theme — in one corner of her room.

Teacher of the Week: Carrie Hopkins

Meet CARRIE HOPKINS, who went into her career thinking she would teach kindergarten until just after graduation, when an unexpected development altered those plans.

"I got a TA position, and I fell in love with these two autistic boys," she says. "So then I went back to school and got my master's in special education."

Teacher of the Week: Chris Dryer

Meet CHRIS DRYER, an eighth-grade science and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination college-readiness program) teacher at Danville's North Ridge Middle School.

Teacher of the Week: Shalonda Carr

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @__LyndsayJones with the hashtag "#TeacherOfTheWeek."