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District 47 Recognizes Three ISBE Those Who Excel Recipients

Those Who Excel Winners  

D47 board member Ryan Farrell and Glacier Ridge teachers Maureen Biermeier and Mary Lichtenberger were recognized at the October 15, 2018 board meeting for being named 2018 "Those Who Excel" winners by the Illinois State Board of Education.


Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 is proud to announce three recipients of the 2018 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel awards. All will be honored, along with other Those Who Excel winners from around the state, at ISBE’s 44th annual recognition dinner on October 20th at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. The program honors individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to Illinois public and non-public elementary and secondary schools. Those Who Excel winners from District 47 are:


Maureen Biermeier, Special Education Teacher, Glacier Ridge Elementary

Mary Lichtenberger, First Grade Teacher, Glacier Ridge Elementary School


Maureen and Mary won an award of excellence in the Team category. Over the past several years, the two educators have worked together to form an integrated team to meet the needs of all students. Together, they have found innovative and effective ways to unite general education students with those with special needs, expanding the social-emotional growth of all students and exemplifying the District’s new mission of “empowering all students.”  


Ryan Farrell, Board Member


Ryan Farrell won an award of excellence in the School Board Member category. Farrell has served on the District 47 board of education since 2011. A practicing attorney with a degree in accountancy, Farrell has made significant contributions to the school district through his service on the finance committee. A Crystal Lake native and father of two sons, Farrell has played a leadership role and been actively involved in many community organizations, including Leadership Greater McHenry County, the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers, the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and The Raue Center for the Arts. In addition, Farrell was recently elected to the board of directors at Home State Bank.