A K-8 music teacher from Des Plaines School District #62 has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as its Teacher of the Year.
Amy Lewis was recognized for the honor on Thursday at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA. Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event in Rosemont.
“Amy Lewis is a first-rate educator and an inspiration to other educators,” said IEA President Cinda Klickna. “She is dedicated to her school district, her association and her community. She’s a leader who enriches the lives of students every day through the power of music and great teaching.”
Lewis teaches in a year-round school with 460 students. She is band director for beginning, intermediate, concert and jazz bands.
Lewis is part of an elite group of District 62 educators participating Discovery Education’s recently launched Digital Leader Corps, a group of teachers serving as change agents powering the district’s digital transition. Its goal is to build and nurture a network of teacher leaders to design and implement successful teaching strategies that can be shared widely.
In her years as a teacher, Lewis has been selected to present at the Illinois Music Educators’ Conference, a gathering of music teachers from all areas of Illinois. She has earned the Des Plaines School District Lighthouse Award for Excellence in the Classroom and was selected for a Those Who Excel Award from the State Board of Education. Lewis has also been cited with a Distinguished Service Award of Merit from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association, and has served on the IEA Early Career Educators Committee.
The IEA Teacher of the Year award is named after former IEA President Bob Haisman. The IEA is the state’s largest organization of school employees.