News

For Immediate Release
June 16, 2011

State Board, IEA and IFT recognize more than 20 educators for their outstanding performance in specific content areas


Award recognition luncheon features teachers from across the state

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, honored 22 teachers from across the state for their outstanding achievement in a variety of subject areas during a luncheon Thursday at the Executive Mansion in Springfield. The educators were chosen as the best in their field of expertise during the 2010-11 school year by their respective professional education organizations.

“Most of us have memories of an extraordinary teacher who made a difference in our lives,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “They were most likely people whose concern for us, passion and expertise motivated us to learn and excel and we were never quite the same. It is exactly those types of teachers who we are honoring here today and who have made an impact on countless of their own students in the past year and for years to come.”

Thursday’s event was the first Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon.

“We are proud to recognize these outstanding teachers and we know there are many, many great teachers throughout the state,’’ said IEA President-elect Cinda Klickna. “This is just one way that we can honor the work educators provide everyday to make sure students are engaged and learning.”

Each fall, the ISBE names one teacher of the year and recognizes more than 150 educators nominated by their own district or members of their communities for outstanding service. Alton High School English and journalism teacher Annice Brave was named the Illinois Teacher of the Year last fall and was one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year. Thursday’s event honored those cited by their peers and professional leaders.

“These top teachers have been honored by various professional organizations for their excellence in the classroom,” said IFT President Dan Montgomery. “Illinois has some of the best and brightest teachers in every field and today we’re taking time to honor the incredible work they do to prepare our future leaders.”  

The following teachers were recognized at Thursday’s luncheon:

Educator
Recognition
Organization
School

Karen Bear

Illinois Marketing Educator of the Year

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

Elmwood Park High School

Lisa Bernstein

Elementary Mathematics Teaching Award

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Rhodes Middle School, River Grove

Caitlin Bouse

Formal Educator of the Year

Environmental Education Association of Illinois

Elmhurst Academy

Jason Crean

2009 National Finalist Science

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

Lyons Township High School, LaGrange 

Darrel Dexter

Olive Foster Teacher of the Year

Illinois State Historical Society

Egyptian Community High School, Tamms

Susan Ferdon

IAAE Music Educator

Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Association

Kipling Elementary School, Deerfield

Maryjoy Heineman

Illinois Promising New Teacher of Mathematics

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Evanston High School

Virginia Green Highstone

T.E. Rine Secondary Mathematics Teaching Award

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics

York High School, Elmhurst

Robert Holquist

Technology Teacher of the Year

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association

Glenwood Middle School, Chatham

Jerry Hund

Illinois Drafting Teacher of the Year

Drafting Educators Association

Bartlett High School

Nadine Larson

Class Nobel Educator of Distinction

National Society of High School Scholars

Moline High School

Sarah Livesay

Malcolm D. Swan Award for Outstanding Service

Environmental Education Association of Illinois

Project Learning Tree

Joyce Mitchell

Non-Formal Educator of the Year

Environmental Education Association of Illinois

Illini Bluffs Elementary School, Glasford

Kevin Muck

Technology Division Head

International Technology and Engineering Association of Illinois

Wheeling High School

Jim O'Malley

2010 State Finalist Science

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, Morton Grove

Brenda Reynolds

Administrator of the Year

International Technology and  Engineering Educators Association

High School District 230, Orland Park

Dr. Kammie Richter

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program

Oakwood Junior High School, Danville

Fran Wachter

2010 State Finalist Science

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

Creal Springs School

Jay Walgren

Outstanding High School Physics Teacher

Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Vernon Hills High School

Erin Washkuhn

Physical Education Teacher of the Year/Midwest District Elementary School

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Anderson Elementary School, St. Charles

Lucy Weck

2010 State Finalist Science

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

Oblong Elementary School, Oblong

Robyn Williams

Olive Foster Teacher of the Year

Illinois State Historical Society

Harrisburg High School

###