Young Professional Achievement Alumni Awardee

The Young Professional Achievement Award honors an alumnus/a who exemplifies extraordinary commitment and growth in their field and is under 35 years of age.

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Rebecca Moss, BA Special Education, '16

Thornton Fractional North High School
Dept. Chair of Special Education


Rebecca Moss is a Golden Apple Award recipient who currently serves as the special education department chair at Thornton Fractional North High School.

While at Roosevelt University, Moss was a member of the women’s basketball team that made two national tournament appearances. She earned post-season recognition as a CoSIDA Academic All-American, among others, and was a Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award nominee.

In 2018, Moss finished her English as a Second Language endorsement at the University of St. Francis and completed her first master’s degree at Concordia University in educational leadership in May 2021.

In her second year of teaching, Moss received the Calumet City Lions Club Teacher of the Year Award. At the end of 2021-22, Moss will fulfill her commitment to Golden Apple by teaching in a school of need for five years and will be awarded the honorary Crystal Apple Award. 

Moss has previously held the role of equity and leadership club sponsor in School District 215. As a Black woman teaching in a school that services predominantly African American and Hispanic students, Moss teaches to ensure that students are receiving equitable access to resources while also pushing for more culturally responsive practices. Moss believes it is important for their students to understand the power of their voices and recognize that they can also be change agents in their communities.