A teacher at Hillcrest High School received a recognition only three others in Dallas ISD received this year.

Anaïs Childress, the teacher, was selected for the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award. The award is giving to educators who have made a difference in students’ lives.

Anais Childress. Photo courtesy of Anais Childress via Twitter.

Newly admitted students to the Chicago school are given the opportunity to recognize teachers who have influenced them.

Here’s how the university describes outstanding educators: “An Outstanding Educator shapes young minds in meaningful ways — thoughtfully approaching instruction, sharing an infectious love for learning, and caring for students both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Award winners receive a commemorative award, certificate and letter that includes details from the student who nominated them.

The other Dallas ISD educators who received the award are: Cymone Lonon of the School for the Talented and Gifted, Claudia Simpkins of Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School and Nate Smith of Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts.


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