Teacher goes 'all-pro,' gifted Eagles tickets

Program recognizes outstanding educators in STEM

Justin Udo
May 08, 2018 - 5:34 pm
Christopher McCrum was one of 10 awarded for his hard work by the Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Coating Systems as an All-Pro Teacher.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Some teachers "fly" above and beyond classroom expectations, and their efforts are not going unnoticed.

Christopher McCrum, who has taught computer science classes at LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, N.J., for the past three years, was one of 10 awarded for his hard work by the Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Coating Systems as an All-Pro Teacher.

The program recognizes outstanding sixth- through 12th-grade educators who demonstrate a commitment to the classroom, present innovative ideas and engage in after-school activities.

In addition to teaching, McCrum works for free with students on different projects after school and on the weekends.

"The kids here make it all worth it," he said. "You have some struggles, but you keep going through each day, and the reward's there."

McCrum won two tickets to an Eagles game next season, a special jersey and a $2,000 check to put toward his school.

"There is just so much more we can do because we're always looking for another dollar here, a nickel there," he added.

Glen Butterworth, a math teacher at LEAP Academy, nominated McCrum for the award.

"It makes me feel really great because he does a lot of work here," he said. "It just makes me feel really good that he’s getting the recognition he deserves."

"I am feeling awesome, to be honest, that blew my mind," McCrum said. "I could not believe when they came in. Definitely was not what I was expecting today."

His students are just as excited as him.

"I'm so happy for him, he’s been such an amazing teacher and a good influence on all of us. He helps all of us with anything," said his student, sophomore Brielle Nieves.

Axalta and the Eagles will name nine other All-Pro Teachers, from which people can vote online for their Teacher of the Year.

The winner will receive an additional $5,000 donation to their school, an Eagles pep rally hosted at their school, and a vacation for two.