JOHNSBURG – A Johnsburg High School teacher was one of 16 teachers in the Chicago area recognized as a "Hero in the Classroom."
Rick Bailey was nominated by his students and colleagues for the award, which is sponsored by Symetra Financial Corporation, Gallagher Benefit Services and the Chicago Bears. He teaches history, sociology and current events.
“Whenever you see Mr. B, he is running on full throttle, giving everything he has," Jessica Bertulis, a former student, wrote in her nomination.
Bailey was recognized at a surprise ceremony last week. He will also receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies as well as tickets to the Sept. 15 Bears game against the Minnesota Vikings where he will also be recognized.
Winners of the award are selected based on their ability "to make a real difference in students' lives; to go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities; and to help students build life skills," according to a news release.
- Emily K. Coleman