Scott Becvar, math and social studies teacher and coach for the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Marian Catholic High School, has been selected for the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award.
An Outstanding Educator shapes young minds in meaningful ways—thoughtfully approaching instruction, sharing an infectious love for learning and caring for students inside and outside of the classroom.
Each year, newly admitted University of Chicago students have the opportunity to reflect on their time in high school and nominate an educator who challenged them intellectually, opened new vistas of discovery or channeled their interests into paths for intellectual growth.
“I’m not surprised that Scott has been recognized by one of his students,” said Vince Krydynski, president of Marian Catholic. “He epitomizes the impact that Marian Catholic educators have on young lives.”
In his nomination letter of Becvar, Dominick Angelloti, a 2020 Marian Catholic graduate, praised his former teacher.
“I will always remember my senior year as one that I got to spend the majority of my day with you,” Angelloti wrote, “and I will certainly always remember what you have taught me, whether it is statistics, economics or life lessons.”
The University of Chicago has recognized excellence in teaching with the Outstanding Educator Award for more than three decades. Becvar and recipients of the award are exceptional in their field and role models for all students.
Becvar recalled his days as a student.
“My favorite classes were the ones where we were learning while having fun,” he said. “I strive to create that environment in each class I teach. I want my students to look back fondly on the classes they took with me, as much from the enjoyment perspective as the academic perspective.”
Winners receive a commemorative award, certificate and letter that includes details from the student who nominated them.
For Becvar, who is also a leader for Marian Catholic’s Kairos retreats, the best part of teaching is the relationships he is able to form with students.
“I have the honor of getting to know young people at such an interesting age,” Becvar said. “I feel optimistic about the future knowing that young people like Dominick Angelloti are heading out into the world. I am blessed to be a part of their journeys.”
A virtual celebration will take place on Oct. 21.
Marian Catholic High School is a coeducational, college-preparatory high school within the Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community and preaching. Marian Catholic students seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents and demonstrate ethical leadership and Christian service.
For more information, visit marianchs.com.