Teacher of the Week

Teacher of the Week

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."

Teacher of the Week: Allison Imig

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet staff writer Noelle McGee (@n_mcgee) with the hashtag "#TeacheroftheWeek."

Teacher of the Week: Mike Kietzman

Today, we're wrapping up our popular Teacher of the Week series for the school year with a man who's wrapping up a 33-year teaching career this week. The series will resume in August, but feel free to nominate a difference-making educator throughout the summer.

Teacher of the Week: Abby Donovan

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator.

This week, meet Abby Donovan, a first-grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School who says building relationships with each of her students is one of the most important things she does. She loves the challenge of "figuring out how each child learns academically and socially" each year.

Teacher of the Week: Linda Boyer

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. This week, meet Linda Boyer, who's retiring in June after 43 years of teaching first grade at Danville Lutheran School. After all these years, Boyer still brings lots of enthusiasm to the classroom each day.

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