Cypress Falls teacher earns University of Chicago educator award

October 24, 2019

Longtime Cypress Falls High School chemistry teacher Jennifer Wuellner was nominated and selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. Teachers are nominated by first-year students at the school for their work in leaving an impression beyond the classroom. (Photo by Freja Cini, Cypress Falls HS)
Longtime Cypress Falls High School chemistry teacher Jennifer Wuellner was nominated and selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. Teachers are nominated by first-year students at the school for their work in leaving an impression beyond the classroom. (Photo by Freja Cini, Cypress Falls HS)

Oct. 24, 2019—Cypress Falls High School chemistry teacher Jennifer Wuellner was selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award, a distinguished honor that recognizes educators nominated by first-year students who are defined as leaving an impression beyond the classroom.

Wuellner is in her 24th year at Cypress Falls and has taught different levels of chemistry, integrated physics and chemistry, and physical science during her tenure. In addition, she serves as head coach of the school’s decorated Science Olympiad team.

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Cypress Falls High School chemistry teacher Jennifer Wuellner earned the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. She was nominated by Chidera Onwuka, a 2019 graduate now attending the University of Chicago. Onwuka was in Wuellner’s AP Chemistry class during her senior year. (Photo by Freja Cini, Cypress Falls HS)

Wuellner was nominated by Cypress Falls alumnae Chidera Onwuka, a 2019 graduate now attending the University of Chicago. Onwuka was in Wuellner’s AP Chemistry class her senior year.

“It validates me as a teacher to know that I'm making an impact in their lives,” Wuellner said. “That it's making a difference in what they choose to pursue and in the career path they choose to take.”

In a congratulatory letter, James Nondorf, University of Chicago dean of admissions and financial aid, said the university received letters from hundreds of students.

“As an institution that prides itself on being committed to the Life of the Mind, we at the University of Chicago are heartened to see that your schools foster and support such outstanding individuals,” Nondorf said.

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