Congratulations to our newest Teacher of the Week, Mrs. Urban from Lincoln Elementary in Belvidere.

Mrs. Urban scored beautiful flowers from Broadway Florist and an amazing cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, our brand new ‘Teacher of the Week’ partner.

The winning nomination came from her husband, Tim:

Catherine is the art teacher at Lincoln Elementary. She has a true passion for the profession. She sees every student in the entire school once a week. And not only remembers 600 kids’ names, but takes the time to get to know them personally. She understand how students learn differently and come from different backgrounds and adapts her teaching style so her students can excel.

If you took a poll, I'd bet 75% of the kids at Lincoln would tell you art is their favorite subject and Mrs. Urban their favorite teacher. Just recently a past student came and thanked her profusely for inspiring them to take pride in not only their art, but school in general. She constantly receives phone calls from parents of her students telling her how their kids are taking their passion for art home and how calming and therapeutic it is for them. Art teachers are some of the most underappreciated educators out there. It would be great to see one recognized!