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GSL teacher Haddad surprised with WEM Outstanding Educator Award, $15,000 prize

Glencoe-Silver Lake agriculture teacher Rebekah Haddad was surprised the morning of March 29 with the WEM Outstanding Educator Award.
Haddad was honored as an Academic Challenge Coach  by the WEM Foundation and Synergy and Leadership Exchange and awarded an unrestricted $15,000 and a crystal apple.
“Shock,” Haddad said. “Total shock. I’m still kind of overwhelmed. I wasn’t really expecting it at all.”
The Outstanding Educator award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student learning while the Academic Challenge Coach honors teachers who are also exemplary coaches of students teams.
Haddad was nominated anonymously by a coworker for her work as the middle school and high school agriculture teacher and the FFA adviser.  
“To have your peers recognize what you’re doing is huge,” Haddad said.
As adviser to FFA, Haddad has helped build the program to the 75-student membership it has today. One of her FFA teams placed in the top five in state competitions last year. She also started an FFA Alumni Chapter to bring together former members.
After receiving her nomination, Haddad compiled a 10-page application for the final selection, but said she was only able to share a small piece of what happens with the program.

For more, see the April 6 print edition of The Chronicle.