We Appreciate Teachers Contest (IL)

A contest designed to shine a spotlight on all teachers in Illinois and the incredible work they do. Twenty-five teachers selected from all those that are nominated will each receive Back 2 School kits for their classroom, a gift basket of goodies, and will be our guest at a champagne reception in their honor.

Nominations can be made through the B2SA website. Anyone can submit an application on behalf of an Illinois teacher (including teachers). Twenty-five (25) teachers will be chosen from all entries.

Contest Runs: January 10 – April 1, 2023 (Winners will be selected by April 11, 2023)

Reception Date: May 2, 2023

Each teacher will be allowed to bring one guest to the celebratory reception. Individuals that nominated the teachers will also be invited to attend.

Reception Location: Chicago, DANK Haus


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

2022 Sponsors Included: