Chris Tennyson, principal, Fulton High School, Fulton
Nominated by Jon Marshall, VP of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College, and River Bend School District Superintendent Darryl Hogue, Tennyson is tirelessly engaged in a partnership between the college and the school district.
Staff from the high school participate in professional development that lays a foundation for better college- and career-planning.
During the 2014-15 school year, Tennyson joined members of his staff and representatives from Sauk Valley at a six-day P-20 Academy, where they created for Project PASS: Partnership Advocating Student Success. It provides rich and meaningful experiences for students as they seek post-secondary options.
He and his staff continue to dedicate time, energy and resources to the partnership; he routinely sends faculty to the quarterly PASS meetings and attends himself when he can.
In 2017, Fulton High School achieved a 100 percent graduation rate. “This goal would not have been accomplished,” his nominators wrote, “without the hard work and dedication of Chris Tennyson.”