If you walk the halls of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy you will find outstanding teachers at every turn. They are teaching in the hallways. They are inspiring through art, and they are building the skills of math, science, engineering and design. However, few teachers can say they have received the Outstanding Educator Award from The University of Chicago--with the exception of one, Ms. Krejci.
Over the years Ms. Krejci has taught physics, chemistry, advanced biology and genetics. Last year she received the Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction Award for making a difference in the lives of students. This year one of her former students, Melissa Marquez, who is now attending the University of Chicago, nominated her as an outstanding educator.
“When I was at PMSA I had the privilege of having Mrs. Krejci as a teacher for three consecutive years,” said Melissa. “It was through her technique of teaching that I learned to appreciate science in a different way. Her classes went beyond the textbook. Hands-on projects and group activities made the material worth learning. I was able to not only appreciate the sciences, but I soon discovered that I had a passion for biological sciences. I began to explore the field and came to the conclusion that I wanted to become a doctor. When I was asked to nominate an outstanding teacher, I automatically knew that I would nominate Mrs. Krejci. She was not only an amazing teacher, but she also has a great personality. She always believed in me and has inspired me to continue with my dream of attending medical school.”
Ms. Krejci’s current students agreed.
“She’s a really good teacher,” said PMSA junior Derek Kwok. “The way she teaches keeps us on track, and it helps us stay on top of our school work. She always gives us new learning instruments and projects that help us learn our lessons really well, and she’s funny.”
“Ms. Krejci is stern, but really good and entertaining at the same time,” said PMSA senior Bria Royal. “She really makes you want to do the work. The way she sets up the class, we have to take initiative. She really does deserve the outstanding educator award.”
Ms. Krejci says this recognition is just one of those things that makes teaching special.
“Every teacher has mental benchmarks that they hope to hear in passing from their students that show that they are enjoying the material and applying it in real life,” she said. “I hear them and I know that they are getting it. For me that means not only are we [teachers] doing our jobs, but we are doing them well. They [students] realize that they really do love math and science thanks to the Math and Science Academy.”
Ms. Krejci was sent a personal thank you letter from The University of Chicago for her contributions to the academic and personal development of young people. She was awarded a certificate and a paperweight engraved with the words outstanding educator.
Congratulations Ms. Krejci! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.