CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Steve Connell, Science Teacher at Crystal Lake South High School and our MARCH “Teacher of the Month” with Home State Bank on Star 105.5! See why his student says he’s the best below.
Pic left to right – Principal Nobilio…Patty Rasmussen, Home State Bank…Mr. Connell…Letter writer, Alex…Star 105.5’s Dj Clinto.
Teacher: Steve Connell
School: Crystal Lake South High School
Mr. Connell makes Physics C the most exciting part of my day. Everyday when I show up to class no matter how hard the things we are learning are, he always manages to make the day enjoyable. He does demos that relate to what we are learning, in turn keeping us engaged with the lesson. His demos allow us to visualize difficult topics like Electricity and Magnetism helping us to understand the topic better in order to prepare us for the AP test at the end of the year. Teaching physics is only a small part of what he teaches us. Everyday we are challenged academically as a way to prepare us for college and life in general. We are pushed to our comfort zones and beyond as a way to show that there are things that we won’t understand, and that it’s ok to not know everything. With this technique he prepares us for harder courses in college, and challenges we will face further in life. This teaches us time management as we are all busy with sports and/or extracurriculars. Despite all of the hardships he still makes sure that we are handling the class load, if we are struggling he helps us outside of class. We can come in during the school day, or if we need help after school we can message him with question about classwork and he happily responds with an answer to our problem. During lunch we can come into his classroom to work on homework or just talk about random topics. I have learned many interesting things about math and physics that I would not have the chance to learn as these things go above and beyond what we are taught at school. Mr. Connell has made a huge impact on my life over the past two years, he makes a difficult class the best part of my day, he motivates us through hard times, but most importantly he teaches us valuable lessons that we can use in college and throughout our whole lives.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Kim Diersen, 6th Grade SCIENCE Teacher at Cary Junior High School in Cary & our FEBRUARY “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5! Enjoy the winning letter below!
Pictured – l to r – Lake In The Hills Home State Banking Center Manager, Maribel Lozano….Letter writer, Evan…Mrs. Diersen…Star 105.5’s Rae Rae… Bottom l to r – students Leo & Rylen.
Teacher: Mrs. Kim Diersen
Class: 6th Grade Science
School: Cary Junior High School
We would like to nominate Mrs. Kim Diersen for teacher of the month for continually bringing enthusiasm to teaching 6th grade science, providing amazing communication between herself, her students and parents and for always having an open door! She has a tough task of teaching 6th graders, students who are in their first year of junior high! She began the school year with so much excitement and it hasn’t faded, she made her students feel so comfortable in their new environment and not feel lost right from the start! Not just for science class, but comfortable in the whole school! She has “DRAGON ROCKSTAR” & “100 GRAND CLUB” bulletin boards that recognizes students for going above and beyond and motivates other students to do their very best! Learning is fun in Mrs. Diersen’s class! She makes videos in her own back yard with her own chickens and shares them with the students to show personal examples for them to help them relate what they see to what they are learning! She is constantly evolving for her students, she teaches them lessons and if someone is struggling or unsure she reviews it with everyone and reteaches it with patience and care to ensure everyone understands every aspect of the lesson! She holds so much respect in her classroom and with that her class has such a positive learning environment. You can tell students are comfortable asking questions and want to learn and do well for her in class! She is continually sending messages home to parents so that there is always an open line of communication between them. She started a private social media page for parents to see photos and updates on things their students are doing. In a world where technology is evolving and changing in education so is Mrs. Diersen. She is providing students with so many opportunities both in science and with life lessons like taking ownership of starting good study habits in 6th grade. Mrs. Diersen is giving them confidence to succeed for the future in all aspects of education! She continually goes above and beyond for her students and rewards them for their awesomeness! We’d like to see her rewarded for her awesomeness too!!!
Check out our podcast with Mrs. Diersen and letter writer Evan!
CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Tony Moretti, Special Education Teacher at Haber Oaks Campus in Crystal Lake & JANUARY “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5! Enjoy the attached pictures & the winning letter below!
(l to r) – Letter Writer, Gillian…Teacher, Mr. Moretti…Home State Bank, Crystal Lake Assistant Banking Center Manager, Bobbie Novak…Star 105.5’s Rachel “RaeRae”
Teacher: Tony Moretti
Class: Special Education
CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Melanie Meyers, 6th Grade Literature Teacher at Northwood Middle School in Woodstock & DECEMBER 2018 “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5! Enjoy the attached pics & winning letter below!
Teacher: Melanie Meyers
Class: 6th Grade Literature
CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Andrew Hillier, FRENCH Teacher at McHenry Community High School & NOVEMBER “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5! Enjoy the attached pictures & winning letter below!
Pictured: McHenry Banking Center Manager, Mark Schlagel…Teacher, Mr. Hillier…Student, Megan…Star 105’s DJ Clinto.
Teacher: Mr. Andrew Hillier
School: McHenry Community High School
Pictured – (l to r) Brett Berg, Home State Bank Vice President – Director of Marketing…Star 105.5’s DJ Clinto…Video & letter writer, Tessa…Mrs. Kim Reed…Jay Little, Home State Bank Personal Banking Counselor.
CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Paige Economos, 3rd Grade Teacher at Deer Path Elementary in Cary & SEPTEMBER “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5! Enjoy the winning letter below & a picture is attached!
Our family wanted to nominate Ms Paige Economos for the kind, fun, spunky teacher she is! She is an educator that thinks outside the box. Her focus is growth mindset learning, which we love in our home! You need someone to wear a costume for an assembly? Ask Ms. Economos! You need a server for Culver’s night? Ask Ms. Economos! She is engaged and dedicated to the success of Deer Path Elementary. When my son comes home from school, he tells me how Ms. E teaches the material in an interesting way. Usually he is telling me his day with a British accent because he is learning all sorts of fun accents from his teacher! She is kind, fun and friendly, while teaching the needed material. From a parent’s perspective, I am so grateful that my son has the privilege of being around a teacher who is ‘on his side’. She wants her students to succeed. When you think of an ideal teacher, you would think of Ms. Economos- great communicator, good listener, always has a smile on her face, patient, supportive of our school’s PTO, asks the parents for feedback and genuinely cares about her class. Each student has different needs and Ms. E meets those needs, professionally and privately. My son needs a standing desk and other materials to stay focused during the school day. She had already read his notes and had everything ready to go at ‘back to school’ night. She knows her students; Deer Path is lucky to have her. For these reasons and so many more, we hope Star 105.5 recognizes Paige Economos for the work she is doing in District 26!
Thank you to Home State Bank and Star 105.5 for giving parents and students this platform to recognize exceptional teachers!