Northbrook 2013 Teacher of the Year - Kirk Eckstein

Kirk Eckstein
Northbrook High School
World Geography, Sociology & Psychology, Grades 9 and 11-12

Education: University of Newcastle, Australia, Study Abroad, 2004, Indiana State University, Bachelor of Science in Social Studies, 2006

Teaching History: Northbrook High School, Academic & Pre-AP World Geography, Psychology & Sociology, Grades 9 and 11-12, 2007-Present

In his own words: “One of my most significant accomplishments occurred last year when a fellow teacher and I took a group of seniors to Washington, D.C., for Spring Break…The students were so excited to visit places they had only seen in their textbooks or on TV. I will never forget explaining to one of my students that we were looking at the real Star Spangled Banner, or hearing another student carry on a full conversation with one of the Joint Chiefs during a Senate meeting that included John McCain and Joe Lieberman.”

In the words of others: “Kirk has proven to be an excellent teacher. He is solid and reliable; his attendance is excellent, he will do whatever is asked of him and he has, in fact, taken on many responsibilities outside of his regular classroom duties.” Randolph Adami, Northbrook High Principal

“Kirk has worked hard on preparation for the End of Course testing in World Geography… Kirk has also been involved in bringing a $25,000 technology grant to the Social Studies Department…And if that hasn’t been enough, Kirk has also been the Student Council sponsor.” Nancy Jackson, Northbrook High Social Studies Department Chair

  • Selected Honors, Recognitions and Activities:
  • Texas Council of Social Studies conference presenter, 2011
  • World Geography Team Leader, 2011
  • Northbrook High Senior Honor Awards Recipient, 2010, 2011
  • SBISD Power to Learn Grant Recipient – Classroom Netbooks, 2009


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