Record #: R2023-791   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 5/31/2023 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 5/31/2023
Title: Congratulations extended to Rebecca Hermann on receiving the "Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year" award
Sponsors: Nugent, Samantha
Attachments: 1. R2023-791.pdf
WHEREAS, Rebecca Hermann, a computer science teacher at John M. Palmer Elementary School, is being honored as an Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year; and
WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council has been informed of this achievement by the Honorable Samantha Nugent, Alderman of the 39th Ward; and
WHEREAS, The Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award celebrates teachers who work diligently to help students discover the possibilities computer science and robotics bring for the future; and
WHEREAS, Rebecca is one of ten teachers recognized this year, and the only teacher from Illinois; in addition to being formally recognized, awardees receive $25,000 to expand computer science or robotics education at their school; and
WHEREAS, The teachers are selected for demonstrating a dedication to educational equity in underserved communities, their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within computer science education, and displaying instructional excellence and a record of student achievement; and
WHEREAS, Rebecca - a Palmer alum herself - has been teaching at the school since 2012, and as part of the award, has committed to remain at Palmer to teach computer science or robotics for the 2023-2024 school year; and
WHEREAS, Receiving the Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award is not the first time Rebecca's dedication to her students has been acknowledged - in 2019, she was one of 16 teachers honored by the Chicago Bears and Symetra with a Heroes in the Classroom award, which recognizes teachers for their ability to balance the core curriculum with students' individual needs; build trust among students, parents, and the community; and invest in their students' long-term success; and
WHEREAS, Ms. Hermann has been the embodiment of Palmer Elementary's mission of empowering students to find value in their individuality and sharing their talents within the community, not ...

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