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Three Proviso West Teachers Nominated for Golden Apple Award

March 23, 2016 10:49 AM
Three Proviso West High School teachers have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ms. Tracy Jackowiak, an English teacher; Ms. Michelle Lucas-Duckins, a science teacher; and Dr. Bozena Suwary, a science teacher, were each nominated for the award. According to the website of the Golden Apple Foundation, which presents the award, the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society.
"Having three teachers nominated for the Golden Apple Award illustrates the level of professionals we have in our district," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "We are proud of these teachers’ accomplishments, and we know that they will continue to shine."
This was the first time being nominated for Ms. Jackowiak, Ms. Lucas-Duckins, and Dr. Suwary, and each said that it was exciting to be nominated.
For Ms. Jackowiak, she said that she thought her enthusiasm led to her nomination.
"My students know that they can always come to me," she said. "I have never been nominated for anything in my life, but it was exciting."
Ms. Lucas-Duckins said that she has been incorporating technology into her lesson plans as well as working to bring science education into the community. She said that she believed that the award nomination confirmed to her why she is a teacher.
"I was excited, elated about the award," she said. "I was proud and it was really one of the things that made me realize that I am fulfilling my purpose."
Dr. Suwary said that she was nominated by a fellow teacher and students at Proviso West, and connections with her colleagues as well as her students played a big role in her receiving her recognition.
"I am passionate about teaching and science," she said. "In my opinion, the human connection between teacher and student plays a very important role in students’ motivation and endurance to achieve success whatever way they see it."
Congratulations to all of our award nominees! 


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