Award-winning High School Teacher adds another to her list

Above, Dr. Michelle Serpe, an English instructor at Waukegan High School’s Brookside Campus is the recent recipient of the prestigious Beacon Award. – Dist. 60 photo

Highly-decorated Waukegan High School teacher Michelle Serpe has done it again.

Serpe who has a PhD, and is an English Language Learners instructor for Brookside Campus, was recently awarded the prestigious Carthage Beacon Award. The award celebrates Carthage College alumni for one specific accomplishment, act of service, professional or personal achievement, event, or program. She was recognized for her achievement with women’s equality.

Last year Serpe received the Susan B. Anthony award, and was touted for her contribution to the community. Two years ago, she was awarded the Living Legend Award by the Mahone Foundation for her work with children and families.

She has worked as an educator and businesswoman for nearly 40 years. She has lived and taught in 16 countries. “I was surprised they chose to recognize me. I never thought of myself among the level of a Beacon Award winner,” Serpe said.

In recognizing her, Carthage lauded the teacher for her work and contributions as an educator and business leader in and around Kenosha, where she spent two decades teaching prior to joining Waukegan Public Schools last fall. – Tina Johansson

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