Kat Henry
pulaski international School of chicago

It takes a remarkable teacher to teach Special Education for more than a decade, and Kat Henry is a special kind of teacher. In fact, Ms. Henry is one of just a few educators who has participated in all of CFE’s programs — Small Grants, Study Groups, ARLI Fellowships, Fund for Teacher Fellowships, and our annual Workshop — some of them more than once! Ms. Henry was also named CFE’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, and she currently serves on CFE’s Board of Directors.

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Berenice Heinlein, Jinny Gerhardt, Brian Girard & Jeffrey Rossiter
Peirce School of International Studies

Inspired by the opportunity to experience a particular form of professional development in its place of origin, four educators from Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies collaboratively designed a Fund for Teachers Fellowship that would enable them to participate in the “International Math-Teacher Professionalization Using Lesson Study” (IMPULS) Program in Tokyo, Japan.


Niamh Burke
Sidney Sawyer Elementary School

Fifth grader gifted teacher Niamh Burke knows the value of professional learning opportunities and swears by their positive impact they have on her teaching abilities and style. She has participated in all of CFE’s grant programs and has attended the annual Workshop several times.

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Kelli Stanley
William H. Ryder Math & Science Specialty School

Diverse Learner teacher Kelli Stanley continually seeks ways to become a more engaged, empowered educator. For instance, she is working towards a second master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. Also, last year she participated as a Team Member in a CFE Study Group focused on strategies and routines to promote and execute meaningful student-to-student discourse in the classroom. Recently, Ms. Stanley was awarded a Study Group Co-Coach Grant with a Ryder Elementary School colleague.  Additionally, as a member of a LEAP Pilot Network cohort, Ms. Stanley receives coaching, hands-on support and materials to bring this learning experience to life in her classroom.



On February 20, the Chicago Foundation for Education was pleased to honor Hannah Nolan-Spohn of Pulaski International School of Chicago with the 2019 Debby Jannotta and Shirley Jaffee CFE Teacher of the Year Award. Students, colleagues, family, and CFE representatives pulled off the surprise presentation to Ms. Nolan-Spohn.

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Laura Kroncke
Eric Solorio Academy High School

Laura Kroncke teaches about the Harlem Renaissance in her history classes at AUSL – Eric Solorio Academy High School on the city’s Southwest side. “I knew that visiting Harlem, actually seeing the sights, talking with local residents, and immersing myself in the history, would enable me to bring a deeper knowledge and valuable insights to my classroom,” she explained.