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Illinois educator receives award for impact on school

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An Illinois teacher has been named the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Educator of the Year.

Hundreds of educators were nominated, and only one was chosen.

Matthew Beck who works with the Erie Illinois School District has received the title. This is the first time someone from this district has gotten this honor.

Beck has organized several campaigns for his school, such as “No Name Calling Week” and “Ready Set Respect.”

“Our LGBT population is one of the most population of students bullied,” said Beck. “It’s important as a school counselor and educators and administrators that we work together and make sure we have resources for all students.”

Beck will be traveling to New York at the end of May 2013 to receive his award.