The Illinois State Board of Education has joined the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association to honor 59 educators whose professional organizations selected them as the best in their fields during the 2017-18 school year.
The eighth annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon, held in Normal, honored education professionals in diverse disciplines, from world language instructors and nutrition experts to the Dance Teacher of the Year.
Rebecca Nelson from Oswego East High School was recognized as a finalist for 2017 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year.
“Educators help students imagine and aspire to futures they would not otherwise think possible,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith. “Teachers, health professionals, librarians, coaches and other caring adults make our schools places of belonging for all students. Educators see the possibilities in young people before they can even see them in themselves. I express deep thankfulness for the educators across the state who make a strong social, economic and civic future possible for all our communities.”
ISBE and the two state teacher associations co-hosted this year’s luncheon at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.
“The Illinois Federation of Teachers proudly sponsors the Teacher Recognition luncheon each year to honor the dedication and innovation of our outstanding educators,” said IFT President Dan Montgomery, a veteran English teacher. “We have world-class teachers in Illinois and it brings us great joy to take the time to celebrate the best in the state.”
ISBE names a Teacher of the Year and recognizes more than 200 educators nominated by their communities as part of the Those Who Excel program each fall.
The annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon provides an opportunity to honor other award-winning education professionals from across the state.