Marian Catholic teacher receives UChicago award


Scott Becvar named Outstanding Educator

Information provided by Marian Catholic High School

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (October 5, 2020) – 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’s Outstanding Educator Award.

Award process

An Outstanding Educator is one who 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 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 Marian Catholic educators have on young lives.”

In the nomination letter he wrote to Mr. Becvar, Marian Catholic alumnus Dominick Angelloti (’20) stated, “I will always remember my senior year as one that I got to spend the majority of my day with you, and I will certainly always remember what you have taught me, whether it is statistics, economics, or life lessons.”

More than academics

The University of Chicago has recognized excellence in teaching with the distinguished Outstanding Educator Award for more than three decades. Scott Becvar and other recipients of the award are exceptional in their field and role models for all students. Becvar remembers when he was a student, “My favorite classes were the ones where we were learning while having fun. 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.”

For Scott Becvar, who is also a leader for Marian Catholic’s Kairos retreats, the best part of teaching is the relationships he is able form with students. “I have the honor of getting to know young people at such an interesting age. I feel very 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.”

All award winners receive a commemorative award, certificate, and letter that includes details from the student who nominated them. A virtual celebration will take place on Wednesday, October 21 and will feature guest speakers including University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Provost Ka Yee C. Lee, and Trustee Greg Wendt.

Additional information regarding the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator can be found here.

Marian Catholic High School

Marian Catholic High School is a Catholic, 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. Visit for more information. Marian Catholic is located at 700 Ashland Ave. in Chicago Heights, IL.