Four Dallas ISD educators have been selected for the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award, given yearly to educators who shape young minds in meaningful ways—thoughtfully approaching instruction, sharing an infectious love for learning, and caring for students inside and outside the classroom.
The Dallas educators are:
- Cymone Lonon of the School for the Talented and Gifted
- Anaïs Childress of Hillcrest High School
- Claudia Simpkins of Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School
- Nate Smith of Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts
This distinguished university award has existed for more than three decades. Each year, newly admitted U of Chicago students have the opportunity to reflect on their time in school and 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.
All award winners receive a commemorative award, a certificate, and a letter that includes details from the student who nominated them. A virtual event celebrating this year’s winners will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21.