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.
300 Educator of the Year Award Criteria
The educator nominee must have at least 3 years of District 300 teaching experience at
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
• The educator nominee implements innovative techniques of instruction and motivation
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:
teachers, instructional coaches, interventionists, digital literacy coaches,
psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, speech
and language, reading/literacy
specialists, media specialists.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Nominations
Friday, January 26,
2018. Nomination forms are electronically submitted to The District 300
Foundation for Educational Excellence.
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.
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
Pizzolato, Dundee Middle School
2010 Carol Anderson, Neubert Elementary School
2009 Barb Jones, Lincoln Prairie Elementary
Carolyn Szabo, Dundee Middle
Hatcher, Liberty Elementary School