Distinguished Educator of the Year
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Purpose of the Award
The District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence seeks to enhance and extend learning opportunities for all District 300 students. By annually honoring a District 300 educator, it is the hope that the excellence that exists in many of our classrooms will be advanced.


District 300 Educator of the Year Award Criteria

• The educator nominee must have at least 3 years of District 300 teaching experience at

   the time the nomination is made, and be at least 5 years from anticipated retirement.

• The educator nominee demonstrates through daily practice, an understanding of the needs

   of learners and what it takes to bring them to high levels of achievement.  

• The educator nominee implements innovative techniques of instruction and motivation of

   learners that maximize student achievement.

• By example, the educator nominee inspires colleagues to employ innovative techniques and

   best practices, and a willingness to share his/her expertise.

• The following positions are considered for educator nominations:

      Classroom teachers, instructional coaches, interventionists, digital literacy coaches,

      psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, speech and language, reading/literacy

      specialists, media specialists.


Nomination Process
Each school in District 300 is encouraged to annually establish a nominating committee of no less than three certified staff members to determine whether a nomination should be submitted. Should it be decided that a nomination is to be submitted; the school nominating committee will complete and submit the application by the required date. Questions regarding the process should be directed to Pat Ehmann, Foundation Administrative Assistant, at: patricia.ehmann@d300.org
 

Deadline for Nominations

Friday, January 26, 2018.  Nomination forms are electronically submitted to The District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence.  

 

Selection Process

The Selection Committee will consist of no less that five District 300 certified retirees and at least one member of the Board of Trustees of the District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Presentation

The Foundation’s Distinguished District 300 Educator Award will be announced and presented at the annual Awards Celebration in April.

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Past Distinguished Educators of the Year

2017   Sean Hough, Gilberts Elementary School 

2016          Mary Beth Devore, Lake in the Hills Elementary School 

2015   Michael York, Hampshire Elementary School 

2014   Stephen Fodor, Westfield Community School 

2013   Jennifer O'Donnell, Lakewood 

2012   Cynthia Schneider, Jacobs High School

2011   Kristine Pizzolato, Dundee Middle School

2010   Carol Anderson, Neubert Elementary School

2009   Barb Jones, Lincoln Prairie Elementary School

           Carolyn Szabo, Dundee Middle School

2008   Nancy Hatcher, Liberty Elementary School