CHICAGO — Joliet West's choir director was honored last month by DePaul University's College of Education.
Tim DeBoer was one of six educators to receive the Celebrating Teachers Award for "dedicating (his life) to the support, cultivation and advancement of students." DeBoer was nominated by former student Matthew Verive for a making a significant impact on his life.
“I am beyond flattered that Matthew thought of me so highly as to nominate me and write a beautiful essay about his time in choir at Joliet West," DeBoer said in a news release. "(Matthew) went on to talk about how he has sought out choral opportunities in college thereby becoming a lifelong learner and lifelong musician — the often spoken goal of teachers.
"I am very proud to have been Matthew’s teacher, it was truly a privilege, and it is always humbling to receive an honor like this from an institution like DePaul University,” DeBoer said.
The College of Education will also donate $250 to Joliet West to recognize DeBoer, who also was a finalist last year for the Golden Apple teaching award.
DeBoer, who has taught at the school since 2003, advised anyone pursuing a career in education to "find a way to love each student."
"You may not always like them, but you must remember each one is someone’s precious son or daughter, and they should be treated and cared for like they are your own. If you do that, then you have a chance to teach knowledge," DeBoer said, according to the new release.