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