Mary Ellen Daneels, a social studies teacher at West Chicago High School, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as its nominee for a National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Daneels was recognized for the honor on Thursday (3/30/17) at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA.  Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

“Mary Ellen Daneels is an educational leader and innovator who is committed to schools and students,” said IEA President Cinda Klickna.  “She not only devotes her professional life to education in West Chicago, she creates opportunities for students to connect with others through service learning projects promoting global dialogue on identity and equality.  We are proud to nominate her for this prestigious award.”

In making the selection, the IEA awards committee noted that Daneels is has achieved the prestigious National Board Certification as a teacher.  She has been a leader and active member of a host of school and association committees, including: government team leader, school climate committee, school restructuring option, cooperative learning instructor, lead teacher mentor, civics chair for the Illinois social studies standards task force, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, NBC Universal Parent Toolkit contributor, and many more.

The IEA is the state’s largest organization of school employees, representing more than 135,000 members.