Local teachers get Oppenheimers

Teachers from five schools in Hyde Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods were awarded the 2013 Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grants.

Each year the Oppenheimer Family Foundation awards grants to selected Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers, administrators, counselors and social workers. The grants, which can be up to $2,000 each, go to support creative educational opportunities through project-based learning that enhance and go beyond standard classroom curriculum.

Winners from the Hyde Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods include “My Sound, My Voice,” lead by Emily Forrest-Mattfield at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St.; “Photo Mosaic” lead by Anthony Bruno at Kenwood Academy High School, 5150 S. Blackstone Ave.; “Flying Banners” lead by Thomas Cinoman at King College Prep, 4445 S. Drexel Ave.; and “Images of Reality,” lead by Ira Abrams at Chicago Military Academy, 3533 S. Giles Ave.

Luis Soria, network chief at CPS, joined Ted Oppenheimer in honoring the winning teachers at an awards ceremony that was held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Prosser High School on the West Side. Winning teachers, their principals and guests enjoyed a reception with food and live musical entertainment.