|Mhari Doyle||Kate Gunneson||Toni Cole|
Three Cherry Creek High School faculty members recently received the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award for their dedication to the education and personal development of their students. English teachers Mhari Doyle and Kate Gunneson, and counselor Toni Cole, were nominated for the honor by students who graduated from Creek in 2016 and are now members of the Class of 2020 at the University of Chicago.
“Each year, we invite entering first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth,” said James Nondorf, University of Chicago Vice President for Enrollment, in a letter announcing the awards. “We receive letters back from hundreds of students, inspired by teachers who have changed the course of their lives, who taught them to re-imagine texts, to delve deeper into problem-solving and to think beyond the borders of the classroom in the pursuit of their own education.”
Gunneson and Cole were nominated by 2016 CCHS graduate Zachary Weinroth. Doyle was nominated by 2016 graduate Apoorva Krishnan, who said that Doyle recognized and fostered each of her students’ unique strengths.
“Ms. Doyle never taught me formulas or rules about writing. Instead, she was the kind of teacher who recognized each student's individual style and helped to refine it,” Krishnan said in her nomination of Doyle. “It's difficult to put into words how encouraged I felt to constantly improve my writing.”
Krishnan added that students’ efforts never went unnoticed in Doyle’s class.
“It is for that reason that I was learning in her class simply for the love of learning,” Krishnan said.
The University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award has existed for more than three decades. Doyle, Gunneson and Cole are among 383 educators from across the country who received the honor this year.