Lincoln-Way teachers receive Outstanding Educator Awards
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lincoln-Way West teachers John Cupp and George Czart have been presented with the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award.

Each year, first-year students who attend University of Chicago are encouraged to nominate an educator who “has influenced them, challenged them, or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth.” The university receives hundreds of letters from students and honors those teachers who “have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the education and personal development of their students.”

Currently, Cupp teaches AP Government, AP U.S. History, and American Civics. He says, “The best part of teaching is the students we have in our district. A teacher can put the best lesson plan together, but without great students, those plans have little value. I have been fortunate over the past ten years to be supported by district and building administration, as well as students and parents. All of these factors, together, make my job fun and exciting, and whenever you have a job that you love to go to everyday, you start to realize how fortunate you are.”

Czart currently teaches AP Calculus AB, Pre-Calculus Honors, and Finite Math. “I love the balance that teaching brings to my life,” he says. “Working with and helping young people succeed has many rewards and it challenges me to continue my professional growth as a teacher and coach.”

Both Cupp and Czart have been with the Lincoln-Way District for a decade.

“We are proud of the strong influence these teachers have had on the students of District 210,” says Lincoln-Way West Principal Monica Schmitt. “Their excellence is proven through their former students’ nominations, and we couldn’t be more impressed. These are two of many outstanding teachers we have at Lincoln-Way, and we are thrilled that they are receiving the recognition they deserve.”