Morton 201’s Mendoza Named AP Teacher of the Year

It didn’t take long for people to recognize the hard work of Morton High School District 201’s teachers in preparing their students for Advanced Placement Exams. Just months after the district was named AP District of the Year, one of the teachers has received top honors.

Elizabeth Mendoza received the AP Teacher of the Year award in Indianapolis in February, for her students’ success with the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this award for AP Teacher of the Year,” Mendoza said at the Midwest Regional Forum on Feb. 27. “I want to take a moment to thank the entire administrative team and the 201 School Board of Education for not only allowing me to further my abilities as an educator but for also allowing all students the opportunity to take AP classes.”

Mendoza’s students are famous for achieving high scores on their AP exams. Three years ago, every single student achieved a score of 3 or higher – the required score for college credit. Since then, more of her students are surpassing the minimum required score and receiving 4s and 5s.

“The nation has taken notice what we at Morton 201 have known for a while; our students and teachers are extraordinary people who can do and have done extraordinary things,” said Jeffry Pesek, 201’s Board of Education president. “Mrs. Mendoza is an excellent teacher and that has shone brightly through her students’ success.”

Also receiving an award this year was Morton East’s principal Jose Gamboa. The Illinois Principals Assocaition for the West Cook Region named him 2017’s High School Principal of the Year, receiving the recognition during a special ceremony on February 24. The IPA awards program recognizes principals who have made a positive impact on their students’ education and learning community.