La Châtaigneraie’s educator and guidance counsellor Krista Despotovic-Jacobson has been selected for the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award, a distinguished award which celebrates educators whose guidance has helped students along the path toward intellectual growth. This year’s award-winners were celebrated during a virtual event featuring guest speakers from the University of Chicago, including President Robert Zimmer, Provost and David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor Ka Yee Lee, and Trustee Greg Wendt.
Each year, newly admitted University of Chicago students have the opportunity to reflect on their time in school and nominate an educator who played a significant role in their education, made a positive impact in their lives, and whose influence has brought them to where they are today. Created over three decades ago, the Outstanding Educator Award honours educators who have shaped “young minds in meaningful ways—thoughtfully approaching instruction, sharing an infectious love for learning, and caring for students both inside and outside of the classroom.”
For the countless students whom she has guided over the years, Krista has done all of the above and more. A mainstay of the guidance department at La Châtaigneraie, she has dedicated endless hours to finding the right match for each of her students, making a lasting impact on their lives at school and beyond. At Ecolint, we heartily congratulate Krista for this award and thank her for going above and beyond the call of duty every day and leaving an impression on students that will be carried over a lifetime.