Claire Mrozek, who teaches AP US History and Race in America and serves as the Junior Class Dean, was named Outstanding Educator by the University of Chicago. This is Mrs. Mrozek's second time to be recognized with this award. Sameer Bhasin '20 nominated her this year; Kelsey Schmitt '14 nominated her in 2014.
In the ESD Class of 2020 survey submitted last spring, Sameer said, "The ESD teacher that has made the most lasting impression on me has been Mrs. Mrozek. Challenging me to look at the world, and history, through other people's lenses resulted in a significant shift in who I am and how I view world events. The lessons I've learned from her about pursuing truth, knowledge, and focusing on how what you're passionate can help others will remain with me forever."
From the University of Chicago: 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. Each year, newly admitted UChicago students have the opportunity to reflect on their time in school and nominate an educator who played a significant role in their education, made a positive impact in their lives, and whose influence has brought them to where they are today.
The University of Chicago is honored to recognize excellence in teaching and sincerely congratulates this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winners, who are exceptional in their field and role models for all students. The University deeply appreciates the lively minds who thirst for knowledge that these educators have nurtured and inspired. We thank them for going above and beyond the call of duty every day and leaving an impression that will be carried over a lifetime.
Hundreds of nominations are received each year with a handful of winners named. All winners are invited to a special (virtual) UChicago recognition ceremony later this month.