District 63 Teacher Bridget Hellstrom Recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom
Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/9/2017
Washington Special Education Teacher Bridget Hellstrom was in the middle of a staff meeting on November 9 when she was surprised by an unexpected visit from a crowd of well-wishers. The occasion? Hellstrom is one of 16 2017 recipients of a Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award!
Sponsored by the District's insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher, Gallagher's health insurance partner Symetra, and the Chicago Bears, the award recognizes the passion and dedication of K-12 teachers. Hellstrom, who works with 1st and 2nd grade special needs students, was honored for her strong, structured academic planning and implementation, unshakable positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the children she supports
This year's award recipients were selected from a pool of 500 nominations. In addition to receiving a $2,000 donation to the school, Hellstrom will attend the November 12 Bears-Packers Game - where she'll be recognized during an on-field presentation!
D63 students and staff came dressed as superheros, princesses, unicorns, Nija Turtles, skeletons, jellyfish, Crayola Crayons, and dozens of other creative characters on Halloween as they paraded through school halls and around playgrounds, waving to parents. Some schools visited nearby senior living facilities or food pantries -- and all enjoyed classroom parties and the chance to have some seasonal fun.
Halloween is always a highlight of the D63 year -- even teachers get into the act! We love seeing all the great costumes and enjoy the excitement that fills our elementary schools on this special day.
In 2017, District 63 is kicking off a facilities master plan to address several long-term space-related challenges. Ultimately, these changes will enable the District to better serve its families and the community. Learn more about the plan, costs, and timeline.
Now Hiring Substitute Teachers & Teacher Assistants
Enjoy working with children? District 63 is hiring substitute teachers and teacher assistants. Substitutes must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education. Teacher assistant candidates must have appropriate licensing; positions are full time during the school year. Apply online.