CHICAGO, April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NFTE Chicago is proud to announce that Mr. Danny Gray, a NFTE teacher at Thornwood High School in South Holland, IL, is a recipient of the 2016 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership. The Golden Apple, a leading nonprofit committed to celebrating and developing great teachers with the ability and passion to make life-changing differences in the lives of students, surprised Mr. Gray today with the award during one of his NFTE classes.
For the 2016 awards, over 400 9th-12th grade educators were nominated by their students, parents, school staff, community leaders, school administration, and colleagues as a teacher who has positively affected the school community.
Mr. Danny Gray teaches 5 sections of an entrepreneurship course in partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's Chicago Metro office (NFTE Chicago). Annually, he reaches just over 100 students, some with discipline and behavioral challenges, with empathy and reassurance as they complete an original business plan for the course. In his 4 years of teaching the NFTE course at Thornwood High School, he has led two student teams to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge; a business plan competition where NFTE students pitch to esteemed judges for a chance to win venture capital for their future success. In 2013, Gray's students Jesus Fernandez and Toheeb Okenla won the national prize of $25,000 in seed money for their business, and now the NFTE alumni and students at the University of Illinois are currently awaiting the first shipment of their product from the manufacturer.
In addition to his commitment to NFTE Chicago Metro, Mr. Gray also spearheads a men's group entitled "A Few Good Men", which offers guidance and mentorship to male youth that reaches 125 young men.
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is a national organization with 27 years of experience training and supporting teachers like Danny Gray to implement a comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum in urban high schools, creating an innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem for Chicago's youth.
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