Joe Schroeder, a chemistry teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School, was recognized by the University of Chicago with the Outstanding Educator award for excellence in teaching and mentorship. Schroeder was nominated by his former student and Central graduate, Robert Heidt, who he taught in both Honors and AP® Chemistry.
Each year, the University of Chicago asks first-year students to nominate an educator who influenced them, inspired them and shaped their intellectual growth. They receive hundreds of nominations from students.
When asked what it takes to be an outstanding educator, Schroeder said, “To form trusting relationships with the students. Then once that trusting relationship is formed, we should set the bar as high as possible. If we set the bar high for them, they'll work to reach that bar--especially if they see us working hard for them.”
Schroeder has been an educator for 20 years and has served students in District 155 for 17 years. He currently teaches Honors and AP® Chemistry.
“The most rewarding part of teaching is simple: it’s the actual teaching part. My goal is for every kid to look forward to coming to chemistry every day,” said Schroeder.
The University of Chicago awarded Joe Schroeder with a plaque and a certificate for his achievement.