The District 202 Board of Education honored 18 exceptional educational staff and community members at its 30th annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony Wednesday, April 27, 2022, held at Plainfield South High School.
The Awards of Excellence honor teachers and non-administrative staff who have significantly impacted their students, schools, and the community. The Board will present 15 Awards of Excellence to district staff this year.
A committee of three Board members and the Board’s two community ambassadors picks the Awards of Excellence winners from nominations from students, staff, and parents. The Board of Education has honored 481 individuals since the Award’s inception in 1993.
“The Board of Education is very proud of all of our staff and the tremendous work they do every day, every year, to serve our students and families,” said Board of Education Vice President Rod Westfall, chairperson of the Board’s recognition committee.
“But we are especially proud and grateful for our staff after the last two years, given the incredible challenges created by the pandemic to lead and support our students and families,” Westfall said.
Central Elementary School Social Worker Shannon Edmondson received the 7th annual Cheryl Ricciardi Exceptional Student Service Award.
The Board also presented the Elizabeth “Bess” Eichelberger award to District Technology Director Margie Bonuchi to recognize her significant service to District 202.
The Board also presented the Richard Ira Jones award to businessman and community volunteer Steve Fry, to recognize his significant service to District 202.
Finally, the Board presented the inaugural Lane Abrell Administrative Excellence award to its namesake, current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lane Abrell, citing his more than 20 years of leadership, including nine years as assistant principal and principal at Plainfield High School.
The 2022 Awards of Excellence winners are:
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