First published in the Oct. 22 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
The University of Chicago recently announced the 2021 recipients for its Outstanding Educator Awards, which included South Pasadena High School counselor Tracy Ishimaru and art teacher Aimee Levie-Hultman.
According to Chicago, an outstanding educator “thoughtfully approaches instruction, shares an infectious love for learning, and cares for students both inside and outside of the classroom.” Each year, newly admitted Chicago students may nominate an educator who played a significant role in their education, made a positive impact in their lives and whose influence has brought them to where they are today. Thousands of students nominated educators who have positively impacted their lives this year.
“We are honored to recognize excellence in teaching and congratulate this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winners, who are exceptional in their fields and are role models for all students,” the South Pasadena Unified School District said in a statement. “Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty every day and leaving an impression that will last a lifetime.”
All award winners receive a commemorative award, certificate and letter that includes details from the student who nominated them. The public is invited to join a virtual event celebrating this year’s winners on at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. Visit bit.ly/3BX76fn to register for the Zoom event.