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Local Teacher Awarded

Crystal Lake educator’s unique style of teaching history lands him an honor from WGN TV.

Congrats to Mike Smalley, history teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School, for being named WGN TV’s December 2015 Teacher of the Month.

He was chosen for his passion for education, appreciation for history and engaging brand of teaching.

Smalley’s knack is “Making everything funny, everything real,” Chad Harrah, nominating student, told WGN. “He compares things to the past, today, the future.”

Added Smalley: “I want [students] to be comfortable and to be themselves and to be confident with who they are. And that’s the whole kind of environment I try to put out there.”

As part of this honor, Smalley received a donation check from Saint Xavier University for school supplies. Students wishing to nominate a teacher for this award can find the official rules here.


Crystal Lake Central High School
Crystal Lake Central High School, West Franklin Street, Crystal Lake, IL, United States

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