The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and the James A. Gates Scholarship selection committee are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Chu has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 James A. Gates Oak Park District 97 Teacher Scholarship. This award is made annually to a teacher who aspires to positively affect the futures of their students, embodies a worthy role model for their colleagues, and enhances the quality and the reputation of Oak Park School District 97.
Ms. Chu, a teacher at Julian Middle School, was selected from a field of many fine applicants who responded to the question:
How will you positively affect the futures of your students, embody a worthy role model for your colleagues, and enhance the quality and the reputation of Oak Park Elementary School District 97?
This award was established by long-time District 97 teacher, James A. Gates. From 1973-2006 he worked in District 97 as a language arts and social studies teacher and department chair, student council sponsor, boys' basketball coach, academic team leader. He also served the Oak Park Teachers' Association in a number of roles including multiple terms as President. He retired in June of 2006 and established this scholarship in February of 2007.
Eligible applicants must be a current, full-time employee of Oak Park Elementary School District 97 in his/her first or second year of teaching. The scholarship will be available again during the 2012-2013 school year. Visit Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation's website www.oprfcf.org to learn more about the scholarship or to download applications.