Champaign Elementary School teacher receives Teaching Excellence Award

Stratton Academy of the Arts teacher receives CUSF award
Posted on 05/16/2022
Brandon Rutherford and students

Brandon Rutherford, 3-4-5 grade enrichment teacher at Stratton Academy of the Arts, was surprised with the Mann-Hankel Teaching Excellence Award from the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. This is the second year CUSF has provided this award, established by Barbara Mann and her husband Steven Hankel. The award recognizes a Unit 4 tenured teacher who exemplifies the traits of Dedication, Integrity, Commitment to Every Student, Service, and Excellence.

This award honors a tenured educator with 10 years of teaching experience, and a minimum of 5 years’ service in Unit 4 schools. The Mann-Hankel Teaching Excellence Award will recognize Mr. Rutherford with a monetary award of $2,000.

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