Connor Hopkins helps honor his teacher Mrs. Megan Finnegan at the awards ceremony sponsored by The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club.
Connor Hopkins helps honor his teacher Mrs. Megan Finnegan at the awards ceremony sponsored by The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club.

The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club honored three local educators for the 23rd year with the Annual Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes teachers in Downers Grove area schools who are truly special and remarkable in the field of education.


Connor Hopkins, a sixth grader who attends Pierce Downer in Downers Grove, nominated his teacher Megan Finnegan.  According to Connor, “When I can't understand a new idea, she finds a different book or worksheet so I can learn it.  We talk about my problems and fix them so I can have fun in school.  She helps me feel better when I have a bad day because she is so nice.  I feel proud of myself because I am learning thanks to Ms. Finnegan.” 


Eric Meitz, a fourth grader who attends Willow Creek in Woodridge, nominated his teacher Kelly Chapman.  Eric says, “Mrs. Chapman is the best 4th grade teacher ever. She is the best because when I have trouble or need help in math, she always helps me. Sometimes she gives up her free time over lunch or after school to help me.  She works with all of us to be better students. You can tell that she loves us.”


Maxwell Churma, a second grader who attends Indian Trail in Downers Grove, nominated his teacher Karen Ryan.  Maxwell says, “Mrs. Ryan is the best teacher ever. Because she is kind caring and I love her. And I enjoy doing math with her.  My wish is that all kids could have a teacher like Mrs. Ryan.  I will always remember her.”


“We are proud to honor three extremely talented teachers who are passionate about education and have positively impacted students in our local schools,” says Joanne Vought. “Part of our Club’s mission is to support education, and we were impressed by all the applications from students and the incredible things they said about the teachers here in the community.”


Ms. Finnegan, Mrs. Chapman and Mrs. Ryan were honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award on Tuesday, March 25th at The Lincoln Center.  Students were able to read excerpts from their Outstanding Teacher Award submissions during the ceremony.



About the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club

The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club is a non-partisan, non-denominational, volunteer women's organization.  Its members are dedicated to supporting and raising the awareness of charitable organizations, individuals in need, and the community. If you would like to learn more about DGJWC, please visit the website www.dgjwc.org.


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