Outstanding educators 

It’s one of the toughest jobs in the world, and we’re just thankful that more than 23,000 people do it each and every day: Teach.


That’s why it’s our honor to recognize a few of the best and brightest teachers with our yearly DRIVE Award.   


The DRIVE Award, which stands for delivering results through innovative and visionary education, was created to recognize excellent teachers who excel both in and out of the classroom.


Teachers are nominated by their peers. The field of 300 nominees is then narrowed down to 23 winners who are announced during an awards ceremony in October. The prize? Winning teachers receive $2,500, $1,000 for their school, a plaque, and membership on the Teacher Leadership Advisory Council.


The council provides a direct line of communication between the classroom and the CEO. These outstanding educators advise on strategies and initiatives to improve the quality of education District-wide. Through the advisory council’s work, CPS received a $27.5 million federal grant that allows the District to reward exemplary teachers and principals in 40 hard-to-staff schools.


 Meet the 2009-2010 DRIVE Award winners

Spotlight on teachers

Throughout the school year, CPS will select special DRIVE honorees to highlight online. View their stories below:


The Wilderness Classroom

CPS spotlights a teacher who uses science to inspire his students. Meet Mr. Meeks.

Tell us what you think

Know a teacher who should be recognized but didn’t make this year’s list? We can still highlight him or her online. Just share your story with us. Please include the teacher’s name and school.  


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Contact information
Chicago Public Schools
125 South Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1000
Fax: (773) 553-6620