Maria McCarthy was nominated by her colleague, Garris Graham.
Ms. McCarthy has taught in her home town of Rantoul for over 30 years. She has taught first, fifth, sixth, and eighth grades. She has coached volleyball for many years. Ms. McCarthy works hard to make math fun and understandable. She is always available to help a student, even ones who are not her own. Her door is always open, and she is ready to listen.
Ms. McCarthy is also available for her colleagues. She has served on the union salary negotiation team for many years and has been a delegate to the national IEA conventions. She will be missed immensely!