Lincoln-Way East Teacher Receives ISU Alumni Award
Monday, October 15, 2018

Lincoln-Way East teacher Kevin McCleish recently received the Frederick D. Drake History Teacher Alumni Award from Illinois State University.

This annual award goes to an alumnus that best emulates Drake’s teaching excellence. Mr. McCleish was honored at ISU’s Alumni Day as part of their Homecoming Week. He attended a reception with other distinguished alumni hosted by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, along with a luncheon honoring all university-wide alumni.

"To be recognized by the Department of History at Illinois State University is simply an honor,” said Mr. McCleish. “Their progressive program trains teachers to view education as a liberating force and has enabled us to engender a sense of social responsibility and agency in our students through the teaching of our content. The history education program is greatly indebted to the work of Fred Drake, and I am pleased to carry on his pedagogical vision in my classrooms."

Mr. McCleish has been with Lincoln-Way for 11 years and currently teaches AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, and History of the World Wars. He is also Lincoln-Way Education Association Political Action Committee Chair. McCleish received his bachelor’s degree in History Education from ISU in 2008 and was a recipient of the Gleynafa T. Ray Award and Lawrence W. McBride Award. He received an M.A. in History from Chicago State University in 2012 and an M.A. in Political and Justice Studies from Governors State University in 2017.