Presentation High School Teacher, Siobhan O’Byrne, Receives University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award

SAN JOSE, CALIF., October 1, 2020, Siobhan O’Byrne, a teacher at Presentation High School in San Jose, California, received 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 both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Each year, newly admitted University of Chicago students have the opportunity to reflect on their time in school and nominate an educator who played a significant role in their education, made a positive impact in their lives, and whose influence has brought them to where they are today. 

Hannah Ni ‘20, nominated Ms. O’Byrne for the award. “Ms. O’Bryne introduced me to the wonderful world of psychology, and was one of the most compassionate teachers I have had. I admire her vigor and willingness to try new things, and her open door/open room policy was a safe place to voice our concerns. I am so grateful to have been her student,” Ni said.  

Ms. O’Byrne has been teaching at Presentation High School for 23 years and teaches AP Psychology and AP Macroeconomics this year. She shared, “It was a delightful surprise to receive this recognition from the University of Chicago.  What meant the most was Hannah’s appreciative comments.  It is an honor to be remembered and recognized, but to be honest I was doing what Pres teachers do day in and day out; teach with care and compassion.  I think this award says less about me than it does about the impressive young woman who took the time to give it.” 

The University of Chicago is honored to recognize excellence in teaching and sincerely congratulates this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winners, who are exceptional in their field and role models for all students.  The University deeply appreciates the lively minds who thirst for knowledge that these educators have nurtured and inspired. We thank them for going above and beyond the call of duty every day and leaving an impression that will be carried over a lifetime. 

All award winners receive a commemorative award, certificate, and letter that includes details from the student they were nominated by. Principals and superintendents of award winners will also receive communications notifying them that their employees have received the award. 

Additional information regarding the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator can be found on our website at the following link:

About Presentation High School 
Presentation High School is an independent, college preparatory school for girls with a Catholic mission that fosters a lifelong sisterhood and develops courageous and compassionate leaders who are ready for college and life. Pres provides a well-rounded, faith-based experience that includes academic excellence, award-winning teams and clubs and individualized support where all are welcome. For more information, visit

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