Dr. Emiel  Hamberlin

School:

 

Jean Baptiste Pointe DeSable High School

Location:

 

Chicago, Illinois

Subject(s) taught:

 

Biology and Horticulture

Total years in current position:

 

36

Total years as a classroom teacher:

 

36

 

Career Highlights

  • Emiel was part of a group of teachers that worked with the Museum of
    Science and Industry in Chicago to develop program ideas and
    educational programs to enable teachers to gain the best educational use
    of the museum collections.
  • He has always used his teaching skills to develop small businesses
    and business enterprises. He and his students developed a landscaping
    club where students were actually paid for producing public and private
    landscapes throughout the city. They have sold balloon arrangements,
    mother’s day plants, flowers for the prom, and many other gift items
    from their Ornamental Horticulture Program.
  • He and his students developed an award winning Urban Ecology
    Sanctuary where they studied, maintained, and housed various animals,
    numerous plant life, and unique ecosystems all within an enclosed
    courtyard on their high school campus.

Education

1964

Alcorn State University, Bachelor of Arts in Biology

1978

University of Illinois in Champaign, Masters in Vocational Education

1982

University of Illinois in Champaign, Doctoral in Horticulture

1992-1993

Northwestern University, Advanced Studies

Teaching Experience

1964-present

Biology, Horticulture Environmental Studies
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago, Illinois

Special Recognition

1992

Golden Apple Foundation Academy Fellowship

1992

Kohl Family Foundation International Educator

1988

Who’s Who Among Black Americans – Educators

1986

Newsweek Magazine, Inc., 100 American Heroes

1983

State of Illinois Master Teacher Award

1977

State of Illinois ThoseWhoExcel Teacher of the Year

1974

Outstanding Secondary Educator of America

1971

City of Chicago Teacher of the Year

Testimonials

“Over the years I have come to understand how well he understands the
needs of children in this community. He knows how to make them feel
proud of themselves and to have self-esteem.”

–Viola Mason,
Parent of Student

“His stimulating classroom has become a laboratory for every
elementary school in our district, where many classes are brought to get
their first hand touch or sight of live animals in a natural habitat.”

Charles E. Mingo, Retired Principal, DuSable High School,
Chicago, Illinois

“He intertwines school lessons with life’s lessons and combines
knowledge, passion, compassion and wisdom like no teacher I have ever
had, seen or heard about.”

Paul Art, Colleague