A plaque pays tribute to the late Ginny Koepel for her service to Tinley Park-based Community Consolidated School District 146. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 20, 2014 4:00AM
Tinley Park-based Community Consolidated School District 146 recently added Virginia “Ginny” Koepel’s plaque to the Wall of Fame.
Koepel was a beloved math teacher at Memorial School for more than 20 years, according to a press release from the district.
She was hired as a classroom teacher in 1988, and inspired learning in fifth-grade students before moving into the position of gifted facilitator years later.
Koepel took on many roles within the district mentoring new teachers, leading the Earth Day celebration, science fair and chess club. She was extremely involved with the District 146 Math Challenge, the release said.
District 146 curriculum director Nancy Schwab said in the release, “Ginny was amazing both as a person and an educator. Everyone loved her very much, but the work she did with students, we knew, needed to be honored. As a team, we decided to name an award after her that correlated to the Math Challenge for which Ginny was so deeply invested.
“The Virginia Koepel Math Award is a prestigious award given to students who participate in the Math Challenge eight years straight. It takes a truly dedicated student to receive this honor.”
Koepel was known for her intuitive teaching abilities, nurturing ways and her general kindness for her students, their families and her colleagues, the release said.
District 146 Supt. Jeff Stawick said in the release, “When the nomination came in for Ginny, it did not surprise me. She was so loved by everyone that knew her. She is one of those people that left a wonderful imprint on those that met her. Her colleagues all agree that she is so very deserving of this honor.”
The plaque’s inscription reads: “Ginny Koepel inspired students to fall in love with learning, have high expectations of themselves, and to always ask the question ‘Why?’ ”
Koepel worked for the district through July 2010, when she retired due to a long illness. She died in February 2011.