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For Immediate Release
June 11, 2014

State Board, IFT and IEA recognize almost 30 exemplary educators for their performance

Teachers from across the state honored for their expertise and commitment to specific content areas

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and the Illinois Education Association (IEA), will once again honor 29 educators whose professional education organizations selected as the best in their field of expertise during the 2013-14 school year. The educators, all of whom earned awards for teaching a specific subject, from mathematics to physical education, will be recognized during a luncheon today (Wednesday) at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.

“With Illinois implementing new learning standards to prepare students for a global workforce, the expertise and skills of these outstanding teachers is invaluable,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Their knowledge and passion for teaching in a variety of curriculum areas is an integral component of student success. We are pleased to have the opportunity to extend our thanks and appreciation for their commitment to Illinois’ students and education.”

Today’s event will be the fourth annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon hosted by the State Board and the two state teacher associations.

“We are delighted to honor these educators for all they do for the communities they serve,” said Dan Montgomery, President of IFT. “We recognize how these dedicated teachers go above and beyond for their students every day and represent the high quality of teaching taking place throughout the state.”

Each fall, 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 through the Those Who Excel program. Second grade teacher Pam Riley was named the 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Riley teaches at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich CUSD 430. The annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon provides an opportunity to honor other award winning teachers from across the state.

“The Illinois Education Association is always proud to help sponsor the Teacher Recognition Luncheon, a wonderful way to thank and acknowledge Illinois’ many outstanding educators,” said Cinda Klickna, President of IEA. “The award-winners have shown exemplary teaching in each of their fields, and they remind us that great education is being delivered to our students every day in every school in Illinois.”

The following teachers will be recognized at Wednesday’s luncheon:

Educator
Recognition
Organization
School

Joanna Angelopoulos

2013 Distinguished Service in the Profession of Art Education

Illinois Art Education Association

Gary M. Sanborn Elementary, Palatine

Eryn Blaser

Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Illinois Art Education Association

Meadow Ridge School, Orland Park

Cathy Britts-Axen

2014 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

Illinois Farm Bureau

Central Middle School, Burlington

Lindsey Dickinson

2014 Bob Haisman Teacher of the Year

Illinois Education Association

Evans Junior High School, Bloomington

Peter Duffer

Outstanding Economic Educator 2013

Econ Illinois

Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove

Tom Dwyer

2014 Illinois ProStart Teacher of the Year

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Oswego High School, Oswego

Linda Egnatz

2014 National Teacher of the Year for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Lincoln-Way North High School, Frankfort

Patrick Fardy

Outstanding Economic Educator

Econ Illinois

South High School, Downers Grove

Laura Font

Illinois History Teacher of the Year 2013

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Madison Elementary School, Lombard

Danielle Gladstone

Star in the Classroom

Econ Illinois

Mohawk Intermediate Center, Park Forest

Kathryn Hillyer

2013 Illinois Art Educator of the Year, 2014 National Western Region Art Educator of the Year

Illinois Art Education Association, National Art Education Association

Kipling Elementary School, Deerfield

Angie Hughes

Illinois Health Education Teacher of the Year

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Maine East High School, Park Ridge

Ray Kinzie

Star in the Classroom

Econ Illinois

Hitch Elementary School, Chicago

Brittney Klemenswicz

Young Professional Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Wentworth Junior High School, Calumet City

Bryan Lake

Presidential Award in Science

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Urbana School District 116, Urbana

Adam Koester

Star in the Classroom

Econ Illinois

Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville

Will Navis

IAHPERD Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Lincoln Elementary School, St. Charles

Justin Nowak

Illinois Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Bateman Elementary School, Chicago

Jennifer Rambole

Star in the Classroom

Econ Illinois

Kenneth D. Bailey Academy, Danville

Kyle Osborne

Illinois VFW Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year, Grades 9-12

Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars

Villa Grove High School, Villa Grove

Melissa Righter

Early Professional Award

Illinois Art Education Association

Cicero West Elementary School, Cicero

David Schultz

Outstanding High School Physics Teacher of the Year

Illinois chapter of American Association of Physics Teachers

Maine East High School, Park Ridge

Gustavo Silva

IAHPERD Young Professional Elementary Teacher of the Year

Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Richmond Intermediate School, St. Charles

Courtney Thomas

Teacher of the Year

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Kingsley Elementary School, Naperville

Jeanette Thompson

Secondary Art Educator of the Year

Illinois Art Education Association

CICS Northtown Academy, Chicago

Carrie Toth

Paul T. Griffith Illinois Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year

Illinois Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages

Carlyle High School, Carlyle

Margot Van Dyke

Presidential Award State Finalist in Science

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

O’Neil Middle School, Downers Grove

Rebecca Vieyra

Presidential Award State Finalist in Science

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Cary Grove High School, Cary

Deborah Zeilner

Star in the Classroom

Econ Illinois

Joseph Gary Elementary School, Chicago

 

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