Northwestern University pays tribute to GBS educator

Glenbrook South social studies teacher and director of the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies Matt Whipple was recently honored with the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award from Northwestern University. 
“Matt's passion for international affairs, combined with his love of teaching, results in an outstanding educator,” GBS Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel said.
“He cares deeply about giving students the opportunity to engage with rigorous content and develop their own ideas. Matt goes far beyond simply ‘covering’ content; he strives for students to think critically about the many complexities of global relations."

Whipple is one of five educators to receive the award this year, which comes with a $5,000 stipend each for the teacher and high school.

In selecting the winners, the committee considered essays from seniors about their former high school teachers. Committee members also considered portfolios submitted by the nominated teachers that included an explanation of their teaching philosophy and letters of recommendation. 

 “The Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Awards recognize an amazing group of individuals who inspired and educated our students before they came to Evanston,” Northwestern President Schapiro said. “Northwestern is a better university because of these extraordinary teachers’ dedication to our students.” 

Whipple has taught at GBS since 1992. He has served as a team leader, revised and implemented course curriculums, and directed the award-winning debate program. He has headed the Academy since 2009. Longtime president of the Glenbrook Education Association, Whipple has successfully negotiated the district’s teacher contracts since 2000.

GBS alumnus Avi Dravid nominated Whipple for the award.

“He encouraged students to learn all they could about the world and become educated global citizens with a strong sense of empathy and keen analytical skills,” Dravid said. 

Whipple holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Northwestern and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Roosevelt University. 


Northwestern University pays tribute to GBS educator