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Southland school personnel to be honored

Updated: November 15, 2012 6:22AM



More than a dozen Southland school personnel will be among 200 being recognized Oct. 20 by the Illinois State Board of Education at its 38th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal.

The program honors educators, administrators, support personnel and community members who go above and beyond on a daily basis to serve students, according to the ISBE.

This year, 48 educators will receive the highest award level — an award of excellence. The honorees include Maggie Bachus, a school board member in Flossmoor School District 161; and Christine Coffey, student support personnel in Summit Hill District 161 in Frankfort.

Receiving one of 70 awards of merit will be Pamela Abbott, educational service personnel in Flossmoor District 161; Flossmoor District 161’s Parent Teacher Organization; Rima Zachariah, a teacher in Calumet Park District 132; and Susan Koziarski, educational service personnel in Homer District 33C.

Among the 84 recipients of the award of recognition are Nila Collins, in Calumet Park District 132; Karen Johnson, Kathlees Knawa, Ashley Lamorte-Pelley and Joan Mahler, all in Flossmoor District 161; John Schwaller, of Homewood-Flossmoor High School; and Ryan Hagen, in Summit Hill District 161.

Candidates are nominated by their local school districts or community members. A committee of peers that includes members of statewide education organizations and former award winners chooses the winners.

Susan DeMar Lafferty



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