Teachers of the Week

DENNIS KASS

DENNIS KASS

  • School: Infinity Math & Science Academy
  • Teaches: History
  • Favorite Player: Walter Payton
BERNIE GERSTMAYR

BERNIE GERSTMAYR

  • School: Maine West High School
  • Teaches: Fine Arts/Music Teacher
  • Favorite Player: Jay Cutler

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DENNIS KASS

  • School: Infinity Math & Science Academy
  • Teaches: History
  • Favorite Player: Walter Payton

"Mr. Dennis Kass is a hero in every sense of the word to me. He has a unique style of teaching that not only engages his students, it also encourage them to learn more about the social issues that impact our communities," said Jessica Samperio, a former student. "Mr. Kass holds a law degree, which sets him apart from most teachers. He is passionate about social justice and continuously works to improve the lives of his current and former students and their families. His role as a teacher/attorney allows them to feel comfortable and safe talking to him about their problems." Samperio nominated Kass for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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BERNIE GERSTMAYR

  • School: Maine West High School
  • Teaches: Fine Arts/Music Teacher
  • Favorite Player: Jay Cutler

"Mr.Gerstmayr is a role model for students, both in and outside of the classroom. As the band director, he is committed to nurturing every student's love of music, and pays close attention to each individual's needs. He emits a passion for music unlike any other teacher I have ever had, and it's contagious; one can't help but feel inspired to be the best musician they can be," said Maine West High School student Corinne Bellot. "It takes a special instructor to teach emotion and the possibility music presents for growth. Outside of the classroom during marching band season, Mr. Gerstmayr delivers a completely different lesson: that there is no "I" in band and that every single player matters." Bellot nominated Garcia for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.