March Teacher Innovator

When it comes to education, Spanish teacher Eric Kaisling is always trying new ways to engage his students. His students enjoy writing vocabulary words on the classroom’s writeable walls and using touch-screen technology to match verbs with their pronouns.

“I do things to be different so it’s not your typical sit down, listen to the teacher, here’s a worksheet,” said Kaisling.

The school’s principal agrees. “Students enjoy his class,” he said. “He is very creative and he is constantly going above and beyond the call of duty.” When he’s not teaching, Mr. Kaisling helps coach the boys and girls volleyball teams. He also helps organize the school’s annual student vs. faculty basketball game. Colleagues say they appreciate his involvement in the community outside the normal school day.

“He uses his experiences to really help this place, Naperville Central, become a better learning community for everybody, staff and students,” said colleague Brett Thompson.

Because of all that he’s done for the school, OfficeMax surprised Kaisling with the Teacher Innovator Award. Every month, the Naperville-based company honors an unsuspecting teacher with the award in partnership with school district 203. The honor goes to an educator who brings creativity to the classroom.

“The fact that OfficeMax does this just shows that they’re a really great company and they care about kids,” said Kaisling.

And he said there isn’t any other school where he’d rather teach. “They’re awesome kids and you can push ’em to do things that they didn’t even think they could do.”

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