Two Huntley School District 158 educators earned nationwide Teacher of the Year awards from different organizations.
The Braille Institute, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit for the blind and visually impaired, named Kateri Gullifor – who works with district students across all grade levels with visual impairments – as its 2019 Teacher of the Year.
“Kateri is very well deserving of this honor,” Peter A. Mindnich, president of the Braille Institute, said in a news release. “She takes the time to understand her students individually and customizes instruction to fit their specific needs. She works tirelessly, showing love and dedication to her students, who thrive under her guidance.”
Huntley High School teacher Dennis Brown, who recently received the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s Tidwell Award, was named one of three Teachers of the Year by the American Lawyers Alliance.
Every year, the organization recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions to law-related education and have developed programs that further understanding of the legal system.
Brown,who teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and news media production, said he has taught law classes at Huntley High School since 2002 and that it’s cool that other people get to see the unique course offerings in law available at Huntley.
“While some schools have basic law classes as part of their curricula, HHS offers Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law, all courses that students don’t typically see until college if not law school,” Brown said in a statement.