Elevate Award - Winners and Nominees

  • District 47's Elevate program recognizes employees who uphold and exemplify the district's mission, vision, and core values and who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of students, schools, and the community. Nominees and winners are announced three times a year - fall, winter, and spring. Photos of the winners will also be posted on social media and this page. District 47 would also like to thank all the businesses that have chosen to sponsor our Elevate program this year. We have a total of seven local sponsors from Crystal Lake who help us award the winners with a special gift! 

Spring

  • For our Spring 2024 Elevate Award, we had 43 nominations and 10 winners. To learn more about our winners, click here to read a quote taken from their Elevate nomination. 

     

    Winners:

    • Jodie Busse, Teacher, Indian Prairie
    • Jennifer Gray, Teacher, Canterbury
    • Matthew Grubbs, Principal, Coventry
    • Elaine Kaczynski, Paraprofessional, Coventry
    • Stephanie Kuligowski, Teacher, North
    • Tabitha Lindquist, Lunch/Playground Supervisor, Coventry
    • Julie Maglares, Teacher, Indian Prairie
    • Maria McEvilly, Teacher, Canterbury
    • Mindy Merritt, Assistant Principal, Lundahl
    • Miren Ogando, Teacher, Lundahl
  • Winter

     

    For our Winter 2024 Elevate Award, we had 36 nominations and 10 winners. To learn more about our winners, click here to read a quote taken from their Elevate nomination. 

     

    Winners:

    • Michelle Barrett, Principal, North
    • Douglas Carlino, Paraprofessional, North
    • Hannah Jaconetti, Kindergarten Teacher, West
    • Niki LaPointe, Lunch/Playground Supervisor, Coventry
    • Jenny Myers, Instructional Coach, Glacier Ridge
    • Michael Parmele, Paraprofessional, Indian Prairie
    • Bim Prathan, Mobile Technician, CORE Center
    • Janna Tharp, Business Specialist/Purchasing, CORE Center
    • Brooke Wiest, Physical Therapist, Indian Prairie
    • Tiffany Williams, Bus Driver, TJA

     

     

     

     

  • Fall

     

    For our Fall 2023 Elevate Award, we had 26 nominations and 8 winners. To learn more about our winners, click here to read a quote taken from their Elevate nomination. 

     

    Winners:

    • Michelle Breutzmann, Kindergarten Teacher, North
    • Pamela Colson, First Grade Teacher, Coventry
    • Guadalupe Espinoza, Kindergarten Dual Language Teacher, North
    • Michael Lewis, Oasis Teacher, Hannah Beardsley Middle School
    • Katie Meyer, Speech Language Pathologist, Lundahl Middle School
    • Aaron Knoth, Director of Student Information Services, Core
    • Lisa Schilling, Permanent Substitute, Indian Prairie
    • Melissa Zilm, Reading Interventionist, Indian Prairie