The University of Chicago has announced that BUSD teacher Dave Thomson has been selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award.
According to James Nondorf, the University of Chicago’s Vice President for Enrollment: “This distinguished award has existed for more than three decades. Each year, we invite entering first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them, or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth.”
According to Mr. Nondorf, “The University receives letters from hundreds of students who have been inspired by teachers who have changed the course of their lives, who have taught them to reimagine texts, to delve deeper into problem-solving, and to think beyond the borders of the classroom in the pursuit of their own education. As an institution that prides itself on being committed to the life of the mind, we at the University of Chicago are heartened to see that your schools foster and support such outstanding individuals.”
Thomson teaches U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History at Burbank High School. He has worked at the District for more than 30 years and is regarded as one of the finest teachers at Burbank High. He was instrumental in gathering the history for Burbank’s Centennial celebration. He was also the Self-Study Coordinator in 2013 when the school prepared for its accreditation visit, which resulted in a six-year term due to Dave’s organization and leadership.
He inspires his students to learn, think, and contribute through the prism of learned history. Thomson was also recently honored by the BHS-JBHS Alumni Association.