U-46 teacher gets special recognition from Chicago Bears

Posted10/22/2012 2:18 PM

Gloria Helin goes the extra mile to make sure students in her fourth-grade dual language class at Channing Elementary School have everything they need to learn.

Her colleagues say Helin is the first one at the school in the morning and one of the last ones to leave for the day. And she often buys supplies out of her own pocket.


On Monday, Helin was expected to be among 16 teachers from across Illinois to be recognized as Heroes in the Classroom at the NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.

National Football League teams in Atlanta, Chicago, San Franciso and Seattle have teamed up with Washington-based financial services company, Symetra, to celebrate local teachers and provide essential funding for classroom projects. Gallgher Benefit Services supports the initiative locally. Heroes in the Classroom are named each week during the NFL season.

Award winners received a $1,000 donation to their classroom, a certificate, two tickets to a Bears regular season game, in-game video recognition and VIP sideline access during the pregame.

New principal: Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove has announced a new principal will lead the school beginning Nov. 1.

Stephanie Stanton will take over administrative oversight and instructional leadership at the Green School following the departure of Brett Gayer, who is moving to Indiana to continue his career as an educational administrator. Stanton will also continue her role as administrator of special Learning services, though a new teacher will take over her classroom role.

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Attention, jobseekers: Elgin Community College is offering free job services to unemployed adults in the Cook County areas of Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood through a collaboration with the Chicago-Cook County Workforce Partnership.

Elizabeth Soderquist, adult program coordinator for ECC Workforce Transitions, will offer one-on-one employment counseling sessions, résumé development, and job-search assistance, as well as workshops on job-search activities, interviewing, personal branding, and accessing government services.

In addition, Soderquist will offer services to unemployed veterans. Soderquist will also hold a free Job Club at 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Streamwood village hall, 301 E. Irving Park Blvd., Streamwood. Each club session offers tools and tips on conducting a successful job search, as well as an opportunity for jobseekers to network and support each other.

Soderquist is available to meet with adults from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Streamwood village hall. She also offers appointments on Tuesday. Call (847) 214-6947 for information or to make an appointment.

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