Six district employees and a volunteer were recognized for their impact on students at the Illinois State Board of Education's Those Who Excel Awards banquet Oct. 25 in Bloomington.
BLOOMINGTON – The evening of Oct. 25 proved to be a pride-filled night for the Alton School District as the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) presented the 2014 Those Who Excel Awards.
Hosted at a banquet in Bloomington, ISBE sponsored the 40th annual fete to recognize exemplary educators from across the state.
The Alton caravan of honorees attending was both large and impressive. Six district employees racked up impressive hardware in being recognized for their direct and significant impact on students.
In a press release, Alton Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells said it was a night of celebration and gratitude.
“It was a pleasure to watch six of our outstanding employees be recognized by the state,” he said. “These individuals make countless contributions to our students, and it is always great to see that rewarded.”
Alton staff recognized include:
• Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells
• Jamie Jones of Gilson Brown Elementary, Award of Excellence and Teacher of Year finalist (one of 12 in Illinois)
• Community Volunteer Theresa Willis, Award of Excellence
• Administrator Cindy Inman, Award of Recognition
• Alton Middle School Early Career Educator Sarah Keith, Award of Recognition
• Anna Hartmann of Alton High School, Educational Support, Award of Recognition
• Megan Greenwood of Gilson Brown Elementary, Student Support, Award of Merit
The Those Who Excel program allows districts to nominate individuals in a variety of categories depending on service level to students. Categories include: teacher, early career educator, administrator, educational support professional, student support professional and community volunteer. A panel at the state level reviews nominations and selects award recipients. “It really is exciting to recognize individuals from so many fields who are impacting student success in a variety of ways,” ISBE Chairman Gery J. Chico said. “Through Those Who Excel, we are able to celebrate those dedicated people who put students first each day.”