Andrew Hillier, McHenry High School French teacher, aims to inspire a love of learning about different cultures in his students while teaching the French language. It is Hillier’s efforts to go the extra mile for students that earned him the Teacher of the Month for November from Star 105.5 and Home State Bank.
Hillier, who has been teaching French at both East and West for five years, said he was “very surprised, flattered and humbled” by the award that he received during a ceremony in December. He donated the $100 cash gift to the school’s French Honor Society fund.
He was nominated by a student’s family for going above and beyond to make sure the student could fit French into a busy schedule. Read more about his nomination here.
A teacher for 13 years including a year-long stint teaching English in Normandy, France, Hillier said he’s wanted to be an educator for as long as he can remember. He remembers his mother pointing out all the ways teachers help children.
“I have always loved the school environment, helping students learn new things and watching them grow throughout the year,” said Hillier, who is also the drama director for East Campus.
His goal with teaching French is for students to learn more than the language but to develop an interest in French culture, literature, food, movies and more.
“I hope they leave my classroom understanding how important it is for students to encounter different languages and different ways of life, and seek out experiences that will broaden their horizons,” Hillier said.