D15 Honors "Those Who Excel"
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recognized each of District 15’s seven nominees with awards in its prestigious “Those Who Excel” awards program this year.
Each year, ISBE's "Those Who Excel" awards program honors outstanding teachers, administrators, student support personnel, educational service personnel, and community members for their exceptional contributions to schools throughout the state.
Candidates are nominated by their local schools or people in their communities. Letters of recommendation are also required. A committee of peers, including representatives from statewide education organizations and former award recipients, determines the level of recognition nominees will receive—Excellence, Merit, or Recognition.
State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D., recognized Illinois’ top educators at the 44th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year Banquet on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. District 15 honorees received one Award of Excellence, three Awards of Merit, and three Awards of Recognition during the event.
Sandy Cramer, Joseph M. Kiszka Educational Service Center, received an Award of Recognition in the "Educational Service Personnel" category.
Lanae Recinas, Lincoln Elementary School, received an Award of Recognition in the "Student Support Personnel" category.
Pete Jackson, received an Award of Merit in the "Community Volunteer" category.
Cheryl Wolfel, Ed.D., received an Award of Excellence in the “School Administrator” category.
Deanna Nemchock, Student Counselor, Carl Sandburg Junior High School, received an Award of Merit in the "Early Career Educator" category.
Elise Hackl, Conyers Learning Academy, received an Award of Recognition in the "Classroom Teacher" category.
Chromebook Initiative Team received an Award of Merit in the "Team" category. The team consisted of the following staff: Carol Gajewski, Jason Dietz, Ed.D., David Kuechenberg, Kyle Mokakas, Kelly Mollenhauer, Colleen Seick, and Tim Woomert.