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Proviso East Teacher Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame

April 27, 2012 10:15 AM
Maywood, IL...Teachers in Proviso Township High Schools know that simply believing in a student can be the catalyst for them achieving their dreams. That is why one Proviso East chemistry teacher, Mr. Glenn Lid, has been recognized nationwide. After 33 years in Proviso Township High Schools, Lid will be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

"It is outstanding that we have teachers in our schools who are being recognized at the national level," said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "Mr. Lid sets a great example, and we are extremely proud of his accomplishments. He is a role model for the profession and, he exemplifies what is best about teaching."

Lid is the Proviso East baseball coach, wrestling team coach, and track coach. He has taught science since he walked through the doors of Proviso East High School in 1979. His awards and accolades are endless. He was a Presidential Award Runner-Up in Math and Science two consecutive years. He has won the Illinois Chemical Education Foundation Davidson Award, the Illinois Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction Award, the Proviso East High School Male Teacher of the Year Award, the Elmhurst College Alumni Award, the Disney "All-American Teacher" Award, Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year, and now he is being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

"I feel proud for having been recognized for my efforts, but more than anything I think this provides me a way to communicate to people the incredible stories of my students and fellow teachers at Proviso East," said Mr. Lid. "My students are just incredible."

Indeed they are. Among students who graduated under the tutelage of Mr. Lid are entrepreneurs, television personalities, engineers, teachers, and NBA stars. Many of them offered recommendations for Lid’s induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

"Mr. Lid continues to reinvent his teaching methodology with his attention to trending media and ever growing imagination. However, his vision for every student that comes into his classroom has remained constant: to be a thriving, successful individual who makes a global impact," said former Proviso East student and entrepreneur, Quinnton Harris. "He has the uncanny ability to figure out exactly what makes his individual students tick, and the level of attention he gives to nurturing the gifts and talents of his students is astonishing. His words, ‘Son, you have the potential to be great. You will change lives,’ still echo loudly as I continue to paint the story of my life."

Proviso East alum, Andrea Sisson agreed.

"I remember distinctly how creative Mr. Lid was in the classroom," she said. "Never in my life could anyone have sold me on the fact that chemistry was fun! But he made it fun. Every day."

Current students offer similar remarks. Proviso East senior, Isiah Dunn, is a member of the Proviso East track team. Mr. Lid worked with Isiah on his application for the Golden Apple Scholarship. Isiah won that scholarship and is now preparing for college.

"Mr. Lid has been a big inspiration to me," said Isiah. "He is the reason that I want to be a teacher. He has inspired me to do more and to expect more out of myself and my classmates."

Though Mr. Lid’s students ring praises for his impact on their lives, he contends that the roles are truly reversed.

"My students are my heroes," he said. "When I teach, I try to put myself in their shoes. I am overwhelmed by their warmth, their ability, their potential, and the obstacles that they overcome. After 33 years of teaching, I have become a part of the fabric here. So, the award is not the reward. My reward is just being here. My life has meaning."

Mr. Lid’s induction into the National Teacher Hall of Fame allows the nation to peek into the methodologies and practices that have supported his students’ success for over 30 years. Mr. Lid and fellow inductees will be honored on May 8th during a reception at the Washington headquarters of the National Education Association. During that time Mr. Lid will have an opportunity to meet with the United State’s Education Secretary, Arne Duncan. In June, they will be in Emporia, Kansas for a recognition banquet and the induction ceremony.

Mr. Lid’s story will be on permanent display at The National Teachers Hall of Fame gallery on the Emporia State University campus.

Congratulations, Mr. Lid! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!


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