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Bradley Abel

Bradley Abel (IL '11)


John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, IL

Subject(s) taught: AP World History and AP Human Geography

At the time of the Award, Bradley Abel was:

John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, IL

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 9

Biographical Information

Known for his positive attitude and considerate approach, Bradley Abel instills in students an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and personal improvement.

Abel worked closely with a colleague to develop the Advanced Placement human geography curriculum, and their efforts paid off: Hersey High now has five sections of the class, totaling 135 students. Touting learning results that are nothing short of stunning, 95 percent of his students took the AP test and 100 percent of them passed, including freshmen and sophomores who were taking the exam for the first time. What's more, Hersey has had a 3-to 4-point gain in ACT reading scores thanks to Abel's extra assistance.

But Abel is known for his ability to nurture growth and achievement in students at all levels. Special education teachers praise him for his success reaching those who are emotionally disturbed or hard of hearing and deaf. Always upbeat, Abel makes himself freely available to students and colleagues alike. And that's probably a big reason why his students consistently perform at the highest levels.

Abel is the social studies department's go-to contact and regularly mentors new teachers. His expertise is in high demand in other school districts as well. When he's not in the classroom, Abel can be seen on the playing field as the head coach for the girls' soccer team. He is also actively involved in Hersey High's “Service Over Self” community program.

Personal Message

I am so honored to be a member of the Milken Family Foundation. I look forward to learning from all of you, and increasing my knowledge about educational ideas and reform.

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Bradley Abel In The News

Hersey teacher shocked by Milken award -- and $25K prize
Chicago Tribune  |  Nov 09 , 2011  |  Chicago, IL

Hersey teacher floored by national award, $25,000 prize
Daily Herald  |  Nov 09 , 2011  |  Arlington Heights, IL

Arlington Heights Teacher Honored With Millken Educator Award
CBS Chicago  |  CBS  |  Nov 09 , 2011  |  Chicago, IL

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