The 2012 Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Award has been presented to Regina Hope, Social Worker at Isaac Fox Elementary School. Hope has been the social worker at Isaac Fox School for the past five years and has made a significant difference in the lives of many students. She is a dedicated educator whose constant mission is a refinement of her skills. She seeks out new ideas, strategies, and materials that will enhance her program. She assists teachers throughout the building by designing materials and intervention programs that are innovative, effective, and useful so teachers can implement them in their classrooms to support students.
Hope maintains a special relationship with each of her students. She treats each one with great dignity and self-respect. She approaches each student with care and understanding, patience and guidance and a positive attitude. Because of Hope’s suggestions for behavior plans and other interventions for students, they are able to experience success in the school and classroom environment.
Hope has created a positive environment that focuses on building positive student self-esteem. Her implementation of the “rough spot” training gives students a strategy for dealing with their feelings when they experience times that trigger anger, loss of self-esteem, or other emotions. As a result, students have a wonderful opportunity to grow in self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance and other relationship skills. These experiences provide students with strategies that they can use throughout their lives.
In addition, Hope annually coordinates Relational Aggression Groups for the fourth grade girls and boys, she volunteers her time in the after school Homework Club, and she serves on the District 95 Social Emotional Learning Committee.
“Her enthusiasm for her position, her love of children, and her professional expertise make Regina a highly respected and admired individual. It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and inspired educator, and I greatly appreciate her,” said Principal Jill Brooks.
Other 2012 Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Nominees:
David Proffitt, Lake Zurich High School.
This news release was submitted by Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95.