Deer Path Middle School science teacher Anna Burns is recognized as Chicagoland’s teacher of the year by the Chicago Bears and WBBM Radio, according to a news release from Lake Forest School District 67.
Earlier in the year, Burns was recognized as a teacher of the week by WBBM and the Bears after she was nominated by one of her students, Paul O’Malley. With the football season over, she became the top educator of the year. She has already received a $250 gift card as a prize.
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When learning of the honor, Burns was quick to credit to her colleagues at Deer Path and glad the students will have the opportunity to meet Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach. She also gave thanks to O’Malley, the Bears and WBBM.
“We are lucky in District 67 to have so many talented teachers that deserve this honor,” Burns said. “I am delighted for the children to have an opportunity to meet a professional football player who is a graduate of Northwestern and an outstanding athlete.”
Deer Path Principal Thomas Cardamone wasted no time heaping praise on Burns complimenting efforts with her students and fellow teachers.
“Mrs. Burns is a remarkable teacher, and for her to receive this recognition is truly deserved as it is a perfect representation of who she is as a teacher and a person,” Cardamone said. “Anna always gives everything she has to her students, and to see her validated in such a manner is truly a joy. It is an honor to work with Anna on a daily basis.”
All Deer Path fifth and sixth grade students will have a chance to honor Burns and meet Roach in a special assembly at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at the school. Roach will spend time with Burns’ team of students in a smaller setting, according to the release.