Teacher of the Year


On the occasion of CFE’s 25th anniversary, the Board of Directors established the Debby Jannotta and Shirley Jaffee CFE Teacher of the Year award in honor of two outstanding volunteers who have been instrumental throughout our organization’s development and growth.


This award is presented annually to a Chicago Public School teacher who, among other criteria: enhances the classroom experience and provides effective instruction to students; seeks opportunities to engage in professional development and share effective practices with colleagues; and is currently an active member of the CFE community.


Each award winner is offered the opportunity to represent teachers as a member of the CFE Board of Directors for a two-year term, and is awarded a $1,000 honorarium.


The 2018 CFE Teacher of the Year was announced in February 2018.


2018: Lisa Caputo Love, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy

2017: Kat Henry, Pulaski International School of Chicago

2015: Mona Iehl, Polaris Charter Academy

2014: Elizabeth Valente, Otis Elementary School

2013: Bob Hauser, Legacy Elementary Charter School

2012: Cara Bucciarelli, LaSalle II Elementary School

2011: Nicole Zumpano, May Elementary Community Academy

2010: Monica Sims, Pershing West Middle School