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McConnaughay spotlights every day hero: Kate Hertz, Teacher, Geneva Community High School

State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) spotlights every day hero, Kate Hertz from Geneva Community High School for her continued service to the community. “We are so blessed to have Kate’s leadership in our education systems and in the community of Geneva,” said Sen. McConnaughay. “Her dedication and commitment to educating youth in the community is greatly cherished. Thank you Kate for your hard work in making our community a better and more welcoming place.”

From Kane County Connects:

Kate Hertz from Geneva Community High School – Nominated for High School Teacher of the Year

While in third grade, Hertz was identified by a teacher as having a gift to teach. “I hear her re-explaining concepts to her peers and she is so patient and good at explaining what she knows,” a teacher shared with Hertz’s parents.

Her present and past students agree that Hertz’s charisma and positivity make her, “the kind of English teacher that they make movies about, the kind that really cares and really instills a passion for excellence.”

Hertz’s enthusiasm for connecting her students with the content is also recognized and appreciated by the staff at GHS. With experience teaching American literature, speech and world literature, one colleague noted that, “I can earnestly attest that she is one of the finest teachers I have ever encountered.” Another shared that, “Kate is in a league of her own. Her passion is contagious and her love for the content motivates and inspires those around her.”


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