“We Appreciate Teachers” Contest

A contest to celebrate and reward Illinois teachers for their hard work. Winners receive Back 2 School kits for their students, a gift basket for themselves and an invitation to join us at a champagne reception to toast their success. Nominations are made through the B2SA website. Anyone can submit an application on behalf of a teacher, including the teacher himself/herself. The teacher must be currently employed by a school in Illinois.

Fifteen teachers were selected in 2022 including:

  • Megan O‚ÄôRourke – Learn Campbell Campus, Chicago
  • Amy Kelley – Marseilles Elementary School, Marseilles
  • Kathryn Jones – Springfield Southeast High School, Springfield
  • Jill Hubbard – Montessori Academy for Peace, Decatur
  • Beth Ballantini – Irvington Grade School, Irvington
  • Becky Criner – Mulberry Grove Elementary, Mulberry Grove
  • Deneeda Rivers – Calumet Middle School, Calumet Park
  • Edmond Kelly Jr. – Walther Christian Academy, Melrose Park
  • Amarillys Vazquez – Coleman Elementary, Elgin
  • Deacon Faulkner – Neoga High School, Neoga
  • Amani Ghusein – Dawes Elementary School, Chicago
  • Christine McKelvey – North Elementary School, Des Plaines
  • Breonna Dixon – Acero Jovita Idar, Chicago
  • Elsie Damas – Carlos Fuentes Elementary School, Chicago
  • Danielle Yelverto – Harvard Elementary School, Chicago

The 2023 contest launches in January of next year.

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