Events

2017 Illinois Charter Excellence Awards

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools celebrated outstanding individuals who are making a difference in public education and the charter public school movement with the 2017 Illinois Charter Excellence Awards. These honorees included high school seniors and eighth grade students who embody the missions of their charter schools, as well as school leaders and advocates who work tirelessly every day to improve education in schools and communities across Illinois.

INCS thanks Invest for Kids, who generously donated $35,500 to recognize the hard work, commitment, and achievements of the Illinois Charter School Principal of the Year, Illinois Charter Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Illinois Charter High School Teacher of the Year. High school seniors were awarded $1,000 scholarships for college, while eighth graders were presented with $500 scholarships for high school. The Illinois Charter School Parent Advocate was awarded $500 to help continue their efforts to improve education for all children.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Illinois Charter Excellence Awards honorees!

Illinois Charter School Outstanding 8th Grader of the Year

Elijah Davis, Rowe Elementary

Marlene Guadian, Acero Schools – Donald J. Marquez Elementary

Illinois Charter School Outstanding 12th Grader of the Year

Sarah Montanez, Noble Street College Prep

Jenna Resendiz, ASPIRA Early College High School

Roshaan Siddiqui, Chicago Math and Science Academy

Miquéla C. Thornton, Southland College Prep Charter High School

Illinois Charter School Parent Advocate of the Year

Julie Rivera, Intrinsic Schools

Illinois Charter Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Akilah Bronaugh, UChicago Charter Schools – Donoghue Campus

Illinois Charter High School Teacher of the Year

Colleen Donlan, Quest Charter Academy Glen Barton High School Campus

Illinois Charter School Principal of the Year

Eron Powell, Perspectives High School of Technology & Perspectives High School Leadership Academy

Illinois Charter School Champion of the Year

Beth Purvis, former Illinois Secretary of Education