Ms. Garcia is a Hero in the Classroom!

Not even the most diehard Chicago Bears fan would argue that the team’s 3-13 season was anything approaching successful.

But through Bears Care, their charitable arm, the Bears continue to pile up points off the field, especially where Leo High School is concerned.

On Dec. 7, a contingent from the Bears and another from Symetra Corp. visited Leo to present second-year Spanish teacher Dulcinea Garcia with a Heroes in the Classroom award.

The program, sponsored by the health-management firm Symetra and administered by the Bears, recognizes exceptional teachers who go above and beyond their normal duties and are nominated by their students. Ms. Garcia’s Spanish II class submitted an eloquent letter citing her commitment to each student, her emphasis on Spanish culture as well as the Spanish language and her innovative teaching methods that are both creative and challenging.

Chairman George McCaskey was among the Bears dignitaries on hand, presenting Ms. Garcia with two tickets to the Dec. 17 Packers game, a Bears jersey with her name on the back and a $1,000 check for classroom supplies. She was introduced on the field before the game, and she was recognized as a Hero in the Classroom on the Soldier Field video board.

“This is an unbelievable honor for me—I had never been to a Bears game before,” Ms. Garcia said. “I’m truly grateful to my students for nominating me.”

Ms. Garcia is the second Leo teacher in the last three years to be recognized as a Hero in the Classroom. Math teacher Aurora Latifi was honored in 2014.

“The Ladies of Leo rule.” Ms. Latifi said as she helped McCaskey with his presentation to Ms. Garcia.