Teacher of the Week

Portage Park »

Portage Park Elementary Special Education Teacher Has Her Students' Backs

Clarissa Dolan left a career as an administrative assistant to become a special education teacher.

About this feature

Every week, DNAinfo.com Chicago goes straight to the head of the class. Our neighborhood reporters sit down with teachers in Chicago's public and private schools to discuss their educational philosophies and the challenges they face. Send your suggestions for Teacher of the Week to chicago-newsroom@dnainfo.com or call us at (312) 508-4300.

South Loop »

Former Attorney Heads Jones College Prep's Pre-Law Program

Christy Gerst stepped out of the courtroom and into a classroom designed to look like one.

Near West Side »

Snapping Turtle, Snakes Part Of The Fun For Whitney Young Science Teacher

Science teacher Todd Katz started an endangered species program at Young.

Mt. Greenwood »

Mother McAuley Spanish Teacher Tackles iPads, Dance, LaCrosse and More

Cassie Saunders has embraced a variety of challenges since joining Mother McAuley last year.

Lakeview »

Teacher Goes from Closed School to Being 'Team Player' at Blaine

Third-grade teacher Angela Brito said, "If my kids need me, I’ll do more."

West Rogers Park »

Diverse Group of Second-Graders Learns to Embrace Rich Family Histories

Paul Hartman's second-grade students speak a number of languages, like Urdu and Somali.

Bucktown »

Drummond Art Teacher's Studio Puts Kids in Center of Expressive Universe

Wendy Rejman has inspired her students to "engage and persist" in art as well as in life.

Lincoln Square »

For St. Matthias Teacher, Math Adds Up to Fulfilling Career

"I'm just a big math nerd," middle school teacher Margot DiMuzio said.

Lincoln Park »

Lincoln Park H.S. Aide, Alumnus Embraces Multiple Roles

Dexter Wilde, 25, works with students with disabilities and helps coach the academic decathlon team.

Hyde Park »

Bret Harte Art Teacher Hustles to Find Money for Music and Dance

Emily Forrest-Mattfield has won thousands of dollars in grants to bring music into the arts curriculum.

Logan Square »

Brentano Elementary Teacher Helps Kids Crack Coding in Third Grade

Sharon Vinh knows how to keep her students engaged in science and math.

Bronzeville »

Former Banker 'Makes Learning Math Fun' in New Job as Elementary Teacher

Vernell Slaughter once crunched numbers working at a bank but now breaks them down as a math teacher.

Bridgeport »

Beatrice Haney Makes Literacy Her Mission

Beatrice Haney of James Ward Elementary School has been helping kids learn for decades.

Uptown »

Uptown Teacher Excels in Her 'Most Challenging Year' at Brennemann School

Lydia Diaz has "unwavering commitment and dedication" to her students, the school's principal said.

Little Village »

Award-Winning Science Teacher Puts Kids' Life Development First

Castellanos teacher Ashley Frantzen was awarded Best New Illinois Science Teacher of the Year in 2013.