august winner

Mrs. Tamara Polakowski

Time for Back to School!

Melissa Auer raved about her son Roger’s first grade teacher last year, Mrs. Tamara Polakowski of Madison Elementary School in Lombard. According to Melissa, Mrs. Polakowski has an unwavering dedication to teaching her students in a way that best fits each child’s learning style. This allows the students to fully understand and relate to the curriculum.

Now imagine that your child has a life-threatening food allergy. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.

Melissa highly commends Mrs. Polakowski’s diligence in keeping her son free from anaphylaxis. Roger has a life-threatening peanut allergy in a school that daily serves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. According to Melissa, The entire school does a wonderful job keeping Roger safe, but Mrs. Polakowski went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable, especially Roger. She made sure her classroom was a safe learning environment and even went out of her way to ensure field trips outside of the school were as well.

Mrs. Polakowski asked many questions throughout the year regarding Roger’s allergy to be prepared in case of a reaction. “I can not thank her enough for not only exceeding my expectations in my son’s education, but for also creating a learning environment in which every student felt 100 percent safe; which is priceless,” said Melissa.

For going above the call of a teacher’s duty, we honor Mrs. Polakowski on educating outside of a textbook!

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august spotlight

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