Anne McKenna, a second grade two-way immersion (TWI) teacher at Dewey School, is one of this year’s Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award winners.
Upon learning that Ms. McKenna was selected for this award, Dewey Principal, Andrew Krugly, (a 1992 winner of this award) said, “Anne McKenna is a teacher that has the ‘It Factor.’ This is something that cannot be defined or quantified, but is the perfect mix of being smart, knowing pedagogy and educational philosophy, and just knowing how to work with people – both kids and adults. That is the perfect combination of blending both the science and art of teaching. Anne McKenna has that ‘it factor.’ She is the teacher who makes you go, ‘Wow, I wish I could do that,’ because she is truly making a difference in the lives of the kids and the adults she touches. She is the example of a true, award winning teacher.”
In describing the reasons that Anne was selected for the award, the Kohl McCormick Foundation said she is an inspiring teacher and leader. She is actively involved with the parents in her TWI classroom, for whom she hosts Spanish Family Reading Night. She also leads professional development activities for her colleagues across the district.
Superintendent Hardy Murphy is proud to see this dedicated teacher leader receive public recognition. “We are so proud of this public recognition for what we see of Ms. McKenna every day. Ms. McKenna is the kind of teacher every parent wants for their children, that every student deserves, and that all of us in education recognize as the best our profession has to offer.”
One of Ms. McKenna’s colleagues says that “Anne sees each [of her students] with fresh eyes every day. She sees them as constantly evolving. Every student matters.”
Ms. McKenna along with two other teachers will be honored at the 2010 Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards luncheon ceremony on June 8, at the Westin Chicago River North. Ms. McKenna will be inducted into the Kohl McCormick Academy of Outstanding Educators, receive a $5,000 cash award for herself, a $1,000 cash award for the school, a classroom visit from the StoryBus, a children’s museum on wheels, and a graduate-level course at the Erikson Institute.