Adult Studies graduate Dave Kush ’05 of Homewood-Flossmoor High School has won the award of “Star in the Classroom” from the Illinois Council for Economic Education.
Kush credits the students he works with in the Econ Challenge at Homewood-Flossmoor. This year a team of four won 4th place in nationals in New York City.
Homewood-Flossmoor had been a perennial winner of the Econ Challenge for years until 2007. When the teacher who worked with the program was promoted, the group disbanded. Kush came across the old state title trophies and rejuvenated the program. Kush is also a sponsor of the school’s National Honor Society and the Model UN club.
Kush had completed an MBA before earning his teaching license from Trinity and has been able to add multiple endorsements. He brought the right combination of credentials and five years in the classroom to the teaching position at Homewood-Flossmoor. After teaching for five years, he transitioned into an administrative role.
“Trinity’s program did a lot to prepare us for the profession,” says Kush. “The school takes the task of training us to be teachers seriously and the whole atmosphere is focused for success.”
In addition to his administrative role at Homewood-Flossmoor, Kush also teaches at Trinity and Saint Xavier University.
About the award
The Exemplary Teacher Recognition program from the Illinois State Board of Education honors those teachers who have been singled out as being the best in the field of expertise by their respective education organizations. Content area experts are chosen by their peers for their dedication to students and their specific area of expertise. Thirty six educators from throughout Illinois were recognized on June 11 during the Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon.