LuncheonThe Illinois Education Association is proud to announce 18 members who were honored by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association as the best in their field of expertise during the 2013-14 school year. IEA members are: Joanna Angelopoulos, Cathy Britts-Axen, Lindsey Dickenson, Tom Dwyer, Linda Egnatz, Patrick Fardy, Laura Font, Kathryn Hillyer, Angie Hughes, Adam Koester, Will Navis, Jennifer Rambole, Kyle Osborne, David Schultz, Gustavo Silva, Courtney Thomas, Meg Van Dyke and Rebecca Vieyra. The educators, all of whom earned awards for teaching a specific subject, from mathematics to physical education, were recognized during a luncheon Wednesday at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.

“With Illinois implementing new learning standards to prepare students for a global workforce, the expertise and skills of these outstanding teachers is invaluable,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Their knowledge and passion for teaching in a variety of curriculum areas is an integral component of student success. We are pleased to have the opportunity to extend our thanks and appreciation for their commitment to Illinois’ students and education.”

The event was the fourth annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon hosted by the State Board and the two state teacher associations.

Each fall, ISBE names one teacher of the year and recognizes more than 150 educators nominated by their own district or members of their communities for outstanding service through the Those Who Excel program. Second grade teacher Pam Riley was named the 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Riley teaches at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich CUSD 430. The annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon provides an opportunity to honor other award winning teachers from across the state.

“The Illinois Education Association is always proud to help sponsor the Teacher Recognition Luncheon, a wonderful way to thank and acknowledge Illinois’ many outstanding educators,” said Cinda Klickna, President of IEA. “The award-winners have shown exemplary teaching in each of their fields, and they remind us that great education is being delivered to our students every day in every school in Illinois.”

Read more on the ISBE website.