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
Innovative preschool teacher “pours his heart into his work”.
Employee of the Year
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