Excellence, Meritorious Service and Special Recognition awards are presented in seven categories: classroom teacher, school administrator/principal, student support personnel (licensed), educational service personnel (unlicensed), school board member/community volunteer; team, and early career educator. Nomination materials are evaluated by a selection committee comprised of individuals who represent a variety of educational organizations. Awards of Excellence winners in the classroom teacher category are finalists for the Illinois Teacher of the Year. Local school district leaders and members of school communities nominate candidates.
|The Culture Club was presented the Excellence Award for their work with our student population. This dynamic and passionate team is making a difference for our students’ well-being and mental health. (Pictured from left to right – Nicole Yerly, Dr. Laura Mutchler, Jen Wygant, Meghan Skidmore, Amber Swanson, and Laura McMullen) Their work is a priority, and they are committed to making our schools great for all students. Their goal is to improve the climate and culture of each building and ensure success for all students.|
The District Librarian and Media Specialist, Jill Smith, was also presented the Excellence Award for her work with advancements in the areas of STEM and technology use in our classrooms and the District’s three media centers, along with creating our district’s first ever after-school STEM program. Jill has shown a true understanding of how to reach the students of all age groups along with the development of the skills they need to be successful in school and life. She also has great relationships with our teachers and works closely with them to integrate this work into their curriculum.
|The high school’s administrative assistant, Becky Little, was presented the Meritorious Service Award for her work at Byron High School. Considered the eyes and ears, the pulse of the school, Mrs. Little is a game changer when it comes to our students, our parents, and our community members at BHS. Mrs. Little is the “go to” person when it comes to getting a task completed or information collected. With her years of experience, she has nurtured our district with only one intent, to make a positive impact for all. Mrs. Little makes deep connections with everyone she encounters and truly enjoys working with young people.|