ELMHURST – Six individual educators and one team from Elmhurst School District 205 received awards at the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Those Who Excel Awards Banquet on Oct. 28 in Bloomington-Normal, according to a news release from the district. These individuals also were honored at the Nov. 14 school board meeting.
Jane Bailey, principal at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, received an Award of Merit in the School Administrator category. She redesigned Title 1 summer school to ensure a STEM focus and has pushed to ensure her students have access to gifted programming.
Julie Deely and Margaret Rask, co-chairs of the Churchville Charge Amazing Race event, received the Award of Merit in the Team category. The Churchville Charge Amazing Race team raised more than $11,000 for Churchville Middle School last year through the planning and execution of the event.
Donna Dewar, librarian at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, received an Award of Merit in the Student Support Personnel category. Dewar developed a bookmobile program, started summer reading incentives and opens the library to students during the summertime and works to make sure students and teachers have needed resources.
Sharon Emmi-Iovinelli, an instructional coach at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, received an Award of Merit in the Classroom Teacher category. She advocates for the needs of diverse learners, finds appropriate Spanish materials so that students can learn at high levels and finds results of new research and studies to implement in Fischer classrooms.
Dianne Schiltz, an educational assistant at Bryan Middle School, received an Award of Recognition in the Educational Service Personnel category. She works with students with behavior concerns or learning disabilities, develops relationships with each student and ensures each has the support he or she needs to keep up with the academic rigor of the school day.
Karen Stezowski, a District 205 parent and longtime PTA volunteer, received the Award of Merit in the Community Volunteer category. She has served as PTA President for Edison Elementary School and Sandburg Middle School, developed the National Geographic Traveling Map program, arranged for a NASA astronaut to Skype with Sandburg students and led Career Day for Sandburg students.
Cindy Villalobos, a bilingual math teacher at Churchville Middle School, received an Award of Recognition in the Early Career Educator category. Villalobos advocates for biliteracy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for Latino students and is passionate about exposing her students to higher education and career planning opportunities.
A total of 250 honorees received recognition at the Illinois State Board of Education banquet, according to the release.