Distinguished School Employee of the Year
 Congratulations to the D300 Foundation 2017 
Distinguished School Employee of the Year
Maria Rim, Lakewood Elementary School


2017 Distinguished School Employee of the Year, Maria Rim, (Lakewood Elementary) pictured with, (from left), Superintendent of Schools Fred Heid, Lakewood Principal Brittany Porsche, and Foundation Chairman, Ian Lamp.

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2017 Distinguished Educator and School Employee of the Year Award!
Algonquin Lakes Elementary       Susan Schmidt
Algonquin Middle                 Dom Rosales
Carpentersville Middle           Lilia Espin
Dundee-Crown High                MaryBeth Kunash
deLacey Family Education Center  Teresa Tomany
Dundee Highalands Elementary     Sharon Oeffling
Dundee Middle                    Jill Hoorman
Eastview Elementary              Lucy Quinn
Gilberts Elementary              Jill Bays
Golfview Elementary              Patricia Whalon 
Hampshire Elementary             Susan Henrickson
Hampshire High                   Michele Meyer
Hampshire Middle                 Karen Stuehler
iNight School                    Carrie Reynolds
Jacobs High                      Beth Grodoski
Lakewood School                  Maria Rim
Liberty Elementary               Amelia Jara
Lake in the Hills Elementary     Susan Alford
Lincoln Prairie Elementary       Susan Bultman
Meadowdale Elementary            Tricia Leuzzi
Neubert Elementary               Ron Biallas
Oak Ridge  Donna Powell
Parkview Elementary              Sara Guth
Perry Elementary                 Nancy Whalen
Westfield Community              Mary Gross
Wright Elementary                Cheryl Morabito
Central Office  Kathi Taylor

Purpose of the Award
The District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence seeks to enhance and extend learning opportunities for all District 300 students. A child’s District 300 learning experience can be enhanced by the exceptional efforts of District employees whose job description does not meet the criteria of the Distinguished Educator Award program. By annually honoring a District 300 employee who best meets the criteria of this award, it is hoped that such excellence will serve as an inspirational example. 

District 300 School Employee of the Year Award Criteria

• The nominee must be a District employee assigned to one or more of the District’s buildings in a position 
   that is not applicable to the Distinguished Educator Award.

• The nominee must have at least 3 years of District 300 service .
• The nominee should display professional excellence, innovativeness, dedication, and/or
   any other quality that contributes toward an enhanced/enriched District 300 student
   learning experience.
• By example the nominee should inspire colleagues to work towards the same level of
   high performance.
• The nominee should display a willingness to share her/his expertise that leads
   colleagues down the path toward exemplary performance.
• The nominee should demonstrate through daily practice, an understanding of the needs
   of learners in his/her area of job responsibility.

Distinguished School Employee Instructions

Nomination Process 
Each school in District 300 is encouraged to annually establish a nominating committee of no less than three 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, February 10, 2017.  Nomination forms are electronically submitted to The District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence.  

 Selection Process 

The Selection Committee will consist of no less than three District 300 Foundation Trustees. The finalists for this award will be announced prior to the annual Foundation Awards Celebration. 

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

Past Distinguished School Employees of the Year

2016  Christopher Orange, Perry Elementary School 

2015  Celeste Breslow, Golfview Elementary School 

2014  Tracey Moore, Neubert Elementary School 

2013  Telesforo Contreras, Westfield Community School