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2021 Distinguished Teacher Award

Mr. David Kane took an unusual path to becoming a high school teacher. He graduated with a BA from the University of Illinois in 1989, and went on to get his JD from DePaul Law School in 1993. After practicing law for 13 years, Mr. Kane joined District 225 as a substitute teacher, and he became a full-time Social Studies teacher in 2009.  He has taught a variety of classes including World History, Chicago History, Civics, Sociology, AP Government, and AP Economics. His contributions to the Glenbrook South community include sponsoring a number of clubs and activities including Mock Trial, Habitat for Humanity, and Academic Bowl. Mr. Kane also lends his skills to the boys’ basketball team as their statistician, a role he has held for 6 years.

Mr. Kane makes it a point to learn something about each of his students, and he will often use their real life examples to illustrate a point in class, often a humorous one. As a result, he and his students enjoy a wealth of inside jokes with each other, and there is a playfulness in his classes that makes learning fun. But don’t let the levity fool you. Mr. Kane cares very deeply about his students. He helps students outside of class so frequently that he has a special foldable chair by his desk just for them. When he knows a student is going through a challenge outside of school, he provides support and encouragement.

According to his students, “Mr. Kane treats all students with respect while maintaining a productive and entertaining class. He also understand[s] his students and can cater to their strengths and weaknesses very well.” He creates a welcoming, open environment in his classroom. One student summarized Mr. Kane’s impact on their learning when they said, “I feel more educated about government and he inspired me to be a more active citizen and informed voter.” This was especially evident during the most recent election when dozens of his students opted to be election judges at polling stations around the area.

GBS feels so fortunate to have Mr. Kane as a member of our family, and we are proud to congratulate him on being named the 2021 Distinguished Teacher of the Year.
2021 Distinguished Teacher Award