Chris Tennyson

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

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Katie Matthews

Katie Matthews, principal, Grove Avenue Elementary School, Barrington Nominated by senior leadership of Barrington Community Unit School District 220, Matthews is known as a passionate advocate for all students “through her commitment to connecting with children and families” and ensuring that “all

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Debra Klein

Debra Klein, principal, Emerson Elementary School, Wheaton Nominated by Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 Superintendent Jeff Schuler, Klein is known among her colleagues as a strong advocate for improving student learning. Demographics at Emerson Elementary School continue to change: students speak

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Patrick Hardy

Patrick Hardy, principal, Proviso East High School, Maywood Nominated by NIU Vice Provost Anne Birberick and Marilyn Bellert, director of the Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network, Hardy was hired at Proviso East in 2015 as a “turnaround principal” to counter “decades of

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