We decided to present this year’s OPPY Award to an outstanding classroom teacher. Miriam Socoloff, who has taught art in the Chicago Public School system for 27 years, is a model teacher. She is positive in her approach and has excellent relationships with her students and staff.
Miriam has taught primarily in inner city schools. The majority of her career has been spent at Lake View High School as an art teacher and art department chairman. She was a driving force in the formation of Gallery 37 and is currently the curriculum coordinator for Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Education Program. She encourages and promotes her students as artists.
Miriam has been a lead artist in the Urban Gateways bench and furniture painting program at Gallery 37 for 10 years. She is a professional artist and has created mosaic murals for a number of public buildings in the Chicago area. She is also a professional painter who exhibits her work in local galleries.
Miriam has received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Most impressively, she has been awarded three Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grants. She is truly an outstanding teacher, a role model and a good friend to the Oppenheimer Family Foundation.