ROSEMONT – Louise Stompor, a reading specialist for Schiller Park School District 81, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as its nominee for a National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Stompor 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 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

According to IEA President Kathi Griffin, “Louise exemplifies the professional teacher, through her commitment to teaching excellence and to student success.”

“Louise took her professional development to the highest level by achieving National Board Certification in the area of Early and Middle Child Literacy. Additionally, she has supported her teaching colleagues as they pursued National Board Certification. Louise is a deserving nominee for this prestigious award,” Griffin said.

In making the selection, the IEA awards committee noted that Stompor serves at the NEA level as a member to the NEA American Indian Alaskan Native Caucus and is the current Chair of the NEA Women’s Issues Committee. She also is a longtime IEA activist, participating in numerous IEA-NEA Leadership Summits over many years.


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.