Mayor Rahm Emanual surprised teacher Monique Blakes at DePreist Elementary School with a surprise visit to present her with a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Blakes was chosen from a pool of more than 500 nominees. Mrs. Minnie Watson, principal of DePriest, and Ms. Blakes’ mother both expressed their pride. In addition to the mayor, Ms. Blakes’ sister and three nieces flew in from Florida to participate in the surprise.
Photos by Daisy Winfrey