Distinguished Educator of the Year
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, certified nurses, speech and
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 25, 2019.  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.


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

Distinguished Educator Nomination Instructions


Past Distinguished Educators of the Year

2018    Kevin Christian, Jacobs High School

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