Wicker Golden Apple Teacher Honored For ‘Respect, Empathy and Attention’ – Wicker Park

Sarah Faller of Burr Elementary is interviewed by Fox32’s Jake Hamilton after he surprised her with the news.
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WICKER PARK — Sarah Faller is used to thinking on her feet and rolling with flow: she does, after all, manage Burr Elementary’s 8th grade trip to Washington each year.

But Monday morning left her a little off center as she was announced a winner of one of this year’s ten Golden Apple awards given to exceptional teachers. With a camera in tow, a crew from Fox32 came to her classroom to break the news.

“Really shocked” was how she described herself as the children in her classroom at Burr, 1621 W. Wabansia St. laughed.

Faller, who teaches sixth through eighth grade literacy and social science is a  “treats her students with respect, empathy and attention,” the Golden Apple organization said in a press release. Known for getting to know every student in the school building, “Faller’s classes emphasize kindness and compassion.” 

“Faller’s unique gift is her ability to lead students to self-assess personal strengths and weaknesses and work toward growth,” the Golden Apple group said. Faller championed the school’s “choose kindness, embrace diversity”
campaign.

Faller credited “the support system I work with — the most amazing colleagues, a great administration and honestly my kids are fantastic.”

“I’ve been teaching in CPS for ten years and this school is amazing, top-notch,” she said.

Fox32’s Jake Hamilton, on live television, asked some of her students about what makes their teacher so special.

Said one girl: “She cares for each one of us. She tries her best to make us feel welcome.” Added another: “She’s great not only as a teacher but as another person. If you need advice, she’s always there for you.”

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