Veteran teacher Paula Etheridge was recently recognized by the Archdiocese of Chicago and presented with the Heart of the School Award for her innovation and creativity in the classroom.
Chosen from among teachers in one of the largest school systems in the country, Etheridge has taught at Seton Academy in South Holland for 26 years and currently instructs computer, psychology and history classes.
She is known for making history come alive, educating students through mock trials, by having them dress as medieval knights, and by handcrafting quill pens.
“I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in grade school and decided on history in high school because my teacher gave me a love of history,” the Hammond resident said.
“I love telling stories about people. History is all about stories and people.”
“I enjoy the days when kids listen and really connect emotionally with what is going on, or they tell me how much they enjoyed something in my class,” she added.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois, Etheridge is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the National History Association.
She serves on the National Council of Social Studies and is an associate member of the American Psychological Association.