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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Jay Brickman

Jay Brickman, principal, Hinckley-Big Rock High School, Hinckley Nominated by Hinckley-Big Rock Community Unit School District 429 Superintendent Travis L. McGuire, Brickman has proven influential in advancing the goal that all HBRHS graduates are career-ready. He and his colleagues from across the

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Rachel Bednar

Rachel Bednar, principal, Edison Middle School, Wheaton Nominated by Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 Superintendent Jeff Schuler, Rachel Bednar is recognized for placing a high value on health education that has yielded a 92 percent attendance rate at Edison. She and

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