October 15, 2010
Chicago Public Schools Thursday honored 23 teachers from schools around the city with its annual DRIVE (Delivering Results through Innovation and Visionary Education) awards.
The DRIVE winners, who were nominated and judged by their peers, are the sixth group of CPS faculty members to earn the awards. Each DRIVE winner receives $2,000, classroom supplies worth $1,000 from OfficeMax, a plaque and membership in an advisory council to the CPS Chief Executive Officer.
Some 200 DRIVE award finalists were present at the Chicago Hilton and Towers for the announcement of the 2010 winners.
Chicago Board of Education President Mary Richardson-Lowry congratulated the DRIVE finalists and noted that every teacher in the room had exhibited the attributes defined by the DRIVE awards.
“You’ve demonstrated with your actions your ability to handle the daily challenges of the classroom with composure, self-confidence and aplomb,” Richardson-Lowry said. “Day after day, your dedication and commitment benefit our students, and for that we thank you all.”
Previous DRIVE classes have helped move Chicago Public Schools down the road of innovation, said CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman.
“DRIVE teachers were a motivating force in establishment of the Chicago Teacher Advancement Program, in pressing for better professional development, better induction and meaningful mentoring,” he said.
The DRIVE award was created to increase recognition for teaching excellence and exceptional performance. One teacher from each CPS Area is named as a DRIVE winner annually.
The DRIVE Teacher Leadership Advisory Council will meet regularly with the CEO to provide input and advice on classroom-related issues facing CPS.
“DRIVE teachers are the most obvious examples of what we all know: That teachers are the single most important factor in student success. You are the ultimate agents of change. When we present our DRIVE Teacher Leadership Advisory Council with ideas, we know they will apply a real-world filter and tell us, yes, we can make this work or no, this won’t work and here’s why,” Huberman said.
The 2010 DRIVE award winners and their schools are:
Area 1 — Deirdre Kenney, Solomon
Area 2 — Caroline Ober, Brennemann
Area 3 — Nancy Marseille Jones, Brunson
Area 4 — Megan Stytz, Yates
Area 6 — Kimberly Gow, Prescott
Area 7 — Cordelia Parker, Sumner
Area 9— Richard Coppola, Drake
Area 10 — Debra Polak, Evergreen
Area 11 — Amanda Scampini, Peck
Area 13 — Lori Guidry, Carter
Area 14 — Elvira Rivera, Claremont
Area 15 — Arleta Ingram, Carnegie
Area 16 — Gale Harris, Carroll/Rosenwald
Area 17 — Stacie Bell, Pirie
Area 18 — Walter Taylor, Taylor
Area 19 — Rosalind Kline-Thomas, Clark, M
Area 21 — Deandrea Flowers, TEAM Englewood
Area 23 — Mark Sidarous, Community Links Spry HS
Area 24&25 — Amy Hughes, Chicago Agricultural
Area 26 — Carol Moran, Chicago Military
Area 27&30 — Deborah Kim, Rudolph
Area 28&29 — Chelsea Hay, Dodge
Area 52&53 — Jane Brown-Riff, CICS Irving Park
Huberman acknowledged all 200 teachers in the room for their dedication, service, and innovative techniques and programs. “We appreciate your preparation, effort, determination and perseverance to achieve the highest levels of academic excellence for our children,” he said.
The 2010 DRIVE awards platinum sponsor was OfficeMax. Gold-level sponsor for the DRIVE awards was ING.
Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.