Awarded to a teacher education student for their student teaching semester and established by Jhoon Jake Chung (BA ’96) and Kimberly Dierks Chung (BA ’98).

More about Jake and Kimberly Chung 

Jake Chung began his teaching career in the Houston area for the Aldine Independent School District. He then relocated to the Chicago area in 1997 and taught for Community Consolidated School District 15. As a new classroom teacher, he was the recipient of the Sallie Mae First Class Teaching award for the State of Illinois. Chung was also the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service at the University of Iowa. Throughout his educational career, Chung has advocated for marginalized students and worked to positively impact all students in variety of different ways. Chung is the Superintendent of Schools in Salt Creek School District 48, which serves potions of Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oakbrook, and Oakbrook Terrace. He has previously served as an Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Planning in Arlington Heights School District 25, as the principal of South Middle School in the Arlington Heights School District 25, principal of the Hoover Math and Science Academy, and Lincoln Prairie School in Schaumburg School District 54. Chung also serves as the Dean’s Advisory Chair for the College of Education at the University of Iowa, and was a past board member for the University of Iowa Alumni Association. He served as an executive board member on the Midwest Principals’ Center, was the membership chair for the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, and is an active Rotarian. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. He received his master’s degree from National–Louis University with an emphasis on educational leadership, received a second master’s degree along with a superintendent’s endorsement from the University of Illinois, and he completed his doctorate through National Louis University. His wife, Kimberly is an early childhood speech-language pathologist for a school district and they reside in Arlington Heights with their two boys who are in sixth and ninth grade. 

Recent recipients

  • 2017 - Hannah Murrens
  • 2016 - Lauren Rosa
  • 2015 - Kayla Cordova
  • 2014 - Abigail Grilli
  • 2013 - Heather Stevens