D181 Receives Those Who Excel Awards in Every Category
District 181 is honored to announce that four individuals and one team representing our District received an Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Award!

  • Administrator: Brandon Todd, The Lane Principal - Meritorious Service
  • Community Volunteer: Denys Kang - Oak - Meritorious Service
  • Educational Service Personnel: Cathy McCook - Walker (RISE), Instructional Assistant - Meritorious Service
  • Student Support Personnel: Maureen Laschober - The Lane, Speech Pathologist - Meritorious Service
  • Team: TOSAS - Districtwide, Bill Eggert, Aubrey Ignace, Gabrielle Pastiak, and Jessica Schultz - Meritorious Service
Last spring, we solicited nominations from our community for these awards and received some outstanding recommendations. Letters of recommendation as well as an extensive application process were completed to finalize the nomination.

Since 1970, the Illinois State Board of Education has sponsored Those Who Excel to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to our state's public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. Nomination materials are evaluated by a selection committee comprised of individuals who represent a variety of educational organizations. Nominees then receive a designation of Excellence, Meritorious, or Recognition.

We will honor our Those Who Excel winners at a Board meeting later this year and share nomination information for the 2023 Those Who Excel awards in an upcoming District newsletter once the forms are open. Congratulations to all of our 2022 winners!

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