|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2001
Chicago – What
you notice first about Dr. Emiel Hamberlin as he teaches his biology
and horticulture classes at Chicago’s DuSable High School is the
parrot occasionally perched on his shoulder.
what you will remember is his remarkable ability to teach. To
communicate to generations of students. To make young people
is one of five teachers nationwide being inducted this year into
The National Teachers Hall of Fame. The Hall officially announces
its annual list of inductees on National Teacher Day, which this
year is May 8. The 36-year veteran educator was chosen from among
88 nominees chosen for this prestigious honor.
Hamberlin is excellence in teaching personified,” said State
Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee.
State Board of Education has made high quality teachers one of
its top education priorities. The State Board is committed to
helping find, recruit, train and support excellent teachers for
is inspirational to see such passion and dedication in a job
with as much pressure as teaching, especially after 36 years
in the classroom,” McGee said. “He is truly the kind of teacher
we want and need to lead our students today, and The National
Teachers Hall of Fame is right to honor him.”
National Teachers Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kansas, has
inducted five outstanding public and private prekindergarten
through 12th-grade teachers annually
each of the last 10 years. Today is National Teacher Day.
15-member selection committee comprising representatives of numerous
education-related organizations chose this year’s inductees.
Hall of Fame President David Jahn said all five finalists represent
the best of the best.
know that by honoring these five, we are really honoring all
the outstanding teachers across the United States,” Jahn said.
of (Hamberlin’s) longevity I would compare him to a marathon
runner,” he said. “He has gone the distance with style and class
and touched lives of his students in a very unique way. He represents
all that is good about teaching.”
professional accomplishments span his whole career. He was named
the City of Chicago Teacher of the Year (1971); Outstanding Secondary
Educator of America (1974); the Illinois Teacher of the Year
(1977); an Illinois Master Teacher (1983); one of Newsweek Magazine’s
100 American Heroes (1986); Who’s Who Among Black Americans – Educators
(1988); the Kohl Family Foundation International Educator (1992);
and the winner of a Golden Apple Foundation Academy Fellowship
many significant educational initiatives, Hamberlin was part
of a group of teachers that worked with the Museum of Science
and Industry to develop program ideas and educational programs
to help teachers make the best educational use of the museum’s
and his students developed a landscaping club through which students
were actually paid for producing public and private landscapes
Hamberlin is best known for his work with DuSable’s award-winning
Urban Ecology Sanctuary, which has home to various animals (including
peacocks), assorted plant life and unique ecosystems, all housed
in an enclosed campus courtyard. The sanctuary is being revamped
to feature fish and plant life.
reputation precedes him, said Dr. Gloria Archbold, DuSable’s
first-year principal. Archbold knew of Hamberlin years before
she actually met him because of his many teaching awards, she
is required to monitor every DuSable teacher five times annually
and often sees Hamberlin and his parrot, joined at the shoulder,
as it were. “He is truly one of a kind,” Archbold said.
is one of those teachers that I like to show off to visitors.
He is synonymous with DuSable,” she said, fondly remembering
the first time she saw the peacocks strutting proudly through
the sanctuary years ago.
than once this year Archbold has relied on Hamberlin’s knowledge
about students’ backgrounds and his sense of school history.
Parents of many of his current students once also sat in his
classroom, she said. Some of the school’s teachers once even
were his students.
longevity can sometimes put pressure on a teacher, Archbold said. “He
has had to continue to model a certain kind of behavior” for
former students who come back to the school in one capacity or
another, she said. “He’s always the teacher.
Hamberlin is about more than just his classroom, Archbold said.
He has a long, deep history of involvement in the DuSable community,
including creating and running several small businesses.
he truly cares about the young people he works with. Hamberlin
also created the school’s “Sophisticated Ladies and Gents” program
to teach students good manners and social skills, Archbold said.
is a pillar of this school and this community,” she said.
and the four other inductees will receive a $1,000 personal stipend;
a $1,000 scholarship to give to a student of their choice entering
teaching; $1,000 in school supplies donated to their district;
and a customized ring.
Illinois inductees include Dr. Jean Damisch of Northbrook; Gary
Swalley of Caseyville;
Dr. Larry Baran of Homewood; and Jim Jackson Sr. of Wauconda.