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Tom Rooney

Teacher, West Leyden High School, Northlake, IL


Tom Rooney just finished his twenty-first year of teaching at West Leyden High School in the near western suburbs of Chicago. He has taught economics to seniors for twenty of those years, and he has also taught US history to juniors (13 years), sociology to seniors (9 years) global studies to freshmen (7 years), and European history to sophomores (6 years)
In 2001, Tom was the national winner of the FTE’s Excellence in Economic Education Award, and he became an FTE Mentor Teacher in 2004.  In 2005, after completing master’s level work in economics, he taught ECON 261 (Micro) at Northern Illinois University.