Cicero educator named Ill. Teacher of the Year

October 19, 2008 9:09:21 PM PDT
A Chicago area educator has been named the 2008-2009 Illinois Teacher of the Year.Linda Smerge is a second grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Cicero.

The deputy state superintendent of education says Smerge's passion and commitment to teaching are rooted in her belief that all children can learn.

In addition to the award, the teacher will receive a lifetime tuition waiver to state universities, as well as a one-semester paid leave to work on an education project.