Program Details

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom presented by Arthur J. Gallagher is a community program that recognizes 16 Chicago-area teachers for outstanding leadership and instructional skills during the Chicago Bears season.

Who Is Eligible?

Nominee must be a K-12 teacher at a school located within Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois.

Who Can Nominate a Hero?

  • Current or former students of nominated teacher
  • Parents of current or former students of nominated teacher
  • Coworker of nominated teacher
  • Current or former principal of nominated teacher
  • School district staff

What Are the Criteria for Selecting Heroes?

  • A teacher who makes a real difference in students' lives.
  • A teacher who goes above and beyond in his/her day-to-day responsibilities.
  • A teacher who helps students build life skills.

What Will the Heroes Receive?

  • $2,000 donation to their classroom
  • "Heroes" award certificate
  • Two tickets to a Bears regular season game
  • In-game video recognition
  • Pre-Game VIP sideline experience
  • School visit by sponsors to recognize their achievement

Selection Process

Nominators will be notified during the fall and sponsors will work with school principals to set up a time to recognize the teacher at school. For more information, email

About Symetra

Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE:SYA) is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefits consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors.

At Symetra, we support programs, events and organizations that enrich the lives of others in the communities we serve. Learn more about Symetra's community giving.

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom is presented locally by Arthur J. Gallagher. Gallagher is committed to helping Chicago-area children receive quality education.

For more information on Gallagher's commitment to the Chicago community, visit