Marquette High social studies teacher Scott Szevery has been selected as a University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award winner.
He was nominated by Marquette class of 2017 graduate Brandon Bleyer. Bleyer attends the University of Chicago and is interested in majoring in economics and political science.
“I am humbled to be recognized,” said Szevery. “We have such a terrific staff here at Marquette, and I’m just trying to do my part.”
Szevery said there are different types of great teachers, with distinct styles that can be equally effective.
“Perhaps the common denominator is keeping the focus on the kids. Everything we do is about engaging them and helping them do their best,” he said.
Szevery added, “I am thankful Brandon Bleyer nominated me for the award. It was unexpected. My colleagues do meaningful things every day and are just as deserving as me. We all feel fortunate when students say thanks, or when it’s obvious that they are learning and growing. That’s why we’re here.”
The University invites entering first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them or helped them along a path toward intellectual growth. Hundreds of nominations are submitted by students. They are inspired by teachers who have changed the course of their lives, to delve deeper into problem-solving and to think beyond the borders of the classroom in the pursuit of education.