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Wildwood Teacher Celebrates 25 Years at Edgebrook School

Wildwood Elementary School teacher Patricia Payne became a public school teacher like her father.

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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.

River West »

Dan Stone once thought he'd be an actor. With his high school students, "every day I have an audience."

Lakeview »

Ben-Isvy plays in a rock band and teaches one of the most rigorous yet beloved classes at the school.

Edgewater »

Sara Burnworth attended a Catholic grade school, high school, university and graduate school.

Wicker Park »

Energy and optimism fill Heather Reed's classroom at Pritzker School, where she coaches volleyball, too.

Roscoe Village »

Kris Roof has built powerhouse track and cross-country programs by being a kinder, gentler coach.

Kenwood »

Eric Young helped students write poems and organize a memorial to cope with Hadiya Pendleton's murder.

Uptown »

Zain Bullie and his wife are like a second set of parents to some Uptown kids looking for guidance.

Humboldt Park »

This week's Teachers of the Week raised $6,351 via Kickstarter for their school play.

Englewood »

Sharon Eskridge became a teacher after becoming tired of hearing that "black kids could not learn."

Bridgeport »

The dedicated clerk has been at the Bridgeport school for 24 years.

Irving Park »

Alex Hollett was honored for teaching students how to accept others and question the status quo.

Downtown »

First-year teacher Elizabeth Quinn used a letter-writing program to help students bond.

Uptown »

An Uptown music teacher is earning rave reviews for striking harmony between technology and curriculum.

West Town »

A veteran of a West Town CPS school slated for closure, Lisa Lane said she's proud, has no regrets.