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OPPY Award Winner 1997, John Kula

John spent 34 years with the Chicago Public Schools. During his career, he served as a teacher for 19 years, as a consultant in Family Life Education for 4 years, and as an assistant principal for 11 years. He developed a 21 week “School is Work” unit and chaired many school Science Fairs. After retiring, his life as a teacher literally took-off.

John worked as a consultant for the Department of Aging and Disability, traveling to 60 schools with their Intergenerational Program. As Director of the Young People’s space Center at Wright College, John founded the Young Astronaut Program, sending students to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

John then worked with Yavapai and Apache children on an Indian Reservation in Arizona where he developed a Science Enrichment Program that focused on Space Exploration. As a result, John and the Indian Chief were invited to Florida to see the launch of the shuttle Discovery.

John retired again last year at the age of 73 and returned to Illinois where he continues to teach, focusing on space activities. John Kula is definitely a Teachers' Teacher.