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Winkelman Teacher Named Bears Champion Teacher

Winkelman Teacher Named Bears Champion Teacher
Winkelman Third Grade Teacher Eric Palanck receives $1000 from the Chicago Bears to spend on his classroom

Winkelman 3rd grade teacher Eric Palanck received an unexpected honor last week from the Chicago Bears. Palanck was surprised with a personal visit (virtually) from the Chairman of the Chicago Bears, George McCasey who announced that Palanck had been named a Bears Champion Teacher.

“"It is such an honor to receive this unexpected award,” said Palanck. “I'm so grateful to be a member of this community and to be a part of the students' lives as they grow as learners and people. I couldn't be the teacher I am today without my amazing colleagues and students. Also, Go Bears!"

The Chicago Bears Classroom Champion Award is given to teachers who go above and beyond for their students. Palanck was nominated by colleagues, parents, and students. 

The award is given to only a handful of teachers in the Chicagoland area.

“District 31 is so proud of Mr. Palanck. He is a very deserving award recipient and we thank him for all that he has done and continues to do for his students and the entire Winkelman community,” said Superintendent Dr. Erin Murphy. “We are so grateful to have such special teachers working for our district.”

In addition to $1000 from the Bears to spend on his classroom, Mr. Palanck will also receive a Bears jersey and football.