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Annual Awards Ceremony

The Foundation’s Annual Awards banquet celebrates excellence in Education by honoring outstanding educators and employees nominated from each District 300 school.  At this event the Foundation will announce who has been selected as the Distinguished Educator of the Year and Distinguished School Employee of the Year.

2019 Educator & Employee of the Year

School District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence Honors 2019 Educator and Employee of the Year Winners

The School District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence announced the 2019 Distinguished Educator and Employee of the Year at its annual awards celebration. Jesus Romero, who teaches a preschool class within Lakewood Elementary School, and Brandann Freeman, custodian at Perry Elementary School, were presented with the awards at Pinstripes South Barrington on April 16, 2019.

The event, which had more than 400 attendees, honored all teachers and school employees nominated by each of District 300’s 26 schools, as well as recipients of 2019-20 Innovation and Large Project Grants from the Foundation. Grants awarded this year totaled over $30,000.

Educator of the Year

Jesus Romero

Innovative preschool teacher “pours his heart into his work”.

Employee of the Year

Brendann Freeman

Passionate listener & problem-solver always ready to help.

Past Distinguished Educators

2019     Jesus Romero, Lakewood Elementary School

2018     Kevin Christian, Jacobs High School

2017     Sean Hough, Gilberts Elementary

2016     MaryBeth DeVore, Lake in the Hills Elementary

2015     Michael York, Hampshire Elementary

2014     Stephen Fodor, Westfield Community School

2013     Jennifer O’Donnell, Lakewood

2012     Cynthia Schneider, Jacobs High School

2011     Kristine Pizzolato, Dundee Middle

2010     Carol Anderson, Neubert Elementary

2009     Barb Jones, Lincoln Prairie Elementary

2009     Carolyn Szabo, Dundee Middle School

2008     Nancy Hatcher, Liberty Elementary

Past Distinguished School Employees

2019    Brendann Freeman,  Perry Elementary

2018    Angelina Piotrowski, Gilberts Elementary

2017     Maria Rim, Lakewood Elementary

2016     Christopher Orange, Perry Elementary

2015     Celeste Breslow, Golfview Elementary

2014     Tracey Moore, Neubert Elementary

2013     Telesforo Contreras, Westfield Community School

Banquet Photo Albums

2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015

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