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Libertyville High School teacher finalist for state honor

Mark Buesing, a Libertyville High School physics teacher, is one of 11 finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award.
Mark Buesing, a Libertyville High School physics teacher, is one of 11 finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award.

Libertyville High School Physics Teacher Mark Buesing is of 11 finalists for the prestigious Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Teacher of the Year Award. 

The winner will be chosen by Illinois State Superintendent, Chris Koch, and will be announced during on Oct. 19 banquet in Normal. He or she will represent Illinois at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program.

 “With this distinction, we are not only recognizing Mark as an extraordinary teacher and coach, but we are also celebrating the good work all of us do in this district,” said Libertyville High School Principal Marina Scott in a press release, who nominated Buesing for the honor.

“Simply put, Mark helps students grow and achieve beyond their expectations,” added District 128 Superintendent Prentiss Lea in the release. “He also represents all that is the absolute best of District 128 — academic preparation and continual learning; instructional planning, methodology, delivery and assessment; and developing positive and productive relationships with students.” 

A selection committee comprised of administrators, teachers and representatives from educational service personnel, student support personnel and past Illinois Teacher of the Year winners reviewed approximately 200 nominations this year. Each nomination is individually reviewed and scored three times based on personal background; letters of support from colleagues, parents and students; and questionnaires. 

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