Teachers of the Week
- School: West Chicago Community High School
- Teaches: AVID - 11th-12th
- Favorite Player: Jim McMahon
“Nick Kempski single-handedly started our AVID program nine years ago. One of the greatest programs in schools today, AVID prepares students for ‘real world’ scenarios not only for college, military acceptance, or technical schools, but also for post-high school life itself,” said Richard Kost, a teaching colleague. “Nick has successfully grown our AVID program to where we now have two full-time teachers at every teaching level, and he has raised millions of scholarship dollars for kids over the past several years.” Kost nominated Kempski for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.
- School: Notre Dame College Prep
- Teaches: Physical Education/Student Activities
- Favorite Player: Richard Dent
“Coach Bob Kostuch is involved in everything at Notre Dame College Prep — as a P.E. teacher with innovative lesson plans; as a leader of our Junior/Senior Leaders program, where our students are allowed to lead P.E. classes and visit elementary schools to teach leadership and trust exercises; as a football and former state champion baseball coach, where he has mentored hundreds of students; and as the director of Student Activities, helping take Notre Dame school spirit to unprecedented heights through his creativity and innovation,” said colleague Shay Boyle. “No challenge is too big or too small for Bob, who thinks about making Notre Dame College Prep a better school 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. His contagious energy, enthusiasm, and passion for his work is felt by entire school community.” Boyle nominated Kostuch for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.