Rock Cut Elementary teacher honored

Published: Apr. 19, 2017 at 6:22 PM CDT
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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) – An elementary school teacher in the Harlem School District receives a major honor as she begins her career teaching some of the Stateline’s youngest students and future leaders.

Rock Cut Elementary’s Ashley VanSickle is recognized as one of 2017’s outstanding beginning teachers. She’s taking home an award from the Illinois Association of Colleges for teacher education. The NIU grad says it is especially meaningful for her to teach at Rock Cut Elementary School.

“It's nice to teach in my hometown because I actually went to Rock Cut so for a lot of the students it’s nice to be back home and it's nice to make a difference in my community where I grew up,” says VanSickle.

VanSickle says she hopes her students are inspired by the award.