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NEW: Elevate Staff Recognition Program

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Do you know someone in District 47 who’s going above and beyond for their students, school or the district?  

At the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, District 47 launched a new district wide staff recognition program called Elevate. The goal of the program is to identify and recognize District 47 employees who, in their contributions and service to the district, uphold and exemplify the district’s mission, vision and core values and who are making a difference in the lives of students, schools and the community. 

Any District 47 staff member is eligible for recognition and anyone (students, staff, parents and community members) can submit a nomination. Nominations are reviewed three times a year by the district’s recognition committee, comprised of educators, administrators and other staff members across the district. All nominees and winners are recognized at board of education meetings in November, February and April, and winners are announced on social media and during in-person celebrations at school.

This fall, 23 nominations were received and seven winners were chosen. The November 2021 Elevate winners are listed below. Click the links to learn more about them! 

  • Allison Bailes, 3rd grade teacher, Woods Creek Elementary School
  • Nicole Bolos, bilingual reading interventionist, North Elementary School
  • Erika Gumesindo, administrative assistant, Canterbury Elementary School
  • Amy Lilly, assistant principal, Canterbury Elementary School
  • Michele Manno, paraprofessional, Hannah Beardsley Middle School
  • Carlos Velazquez, custodian, Canterbury Elementary School 
  • Kristin Ziemba, social-emotional learning coordinator, South and West Elementary Schools

“Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 is rich with talented, passionate and dedicated employees,” said Denise Barr, director of communications and public engagement. “Every staff member has an important role, responsibility and stake in the growth and success of our students. We are excited to have this opportunity to highlight those going above and beyond every day for our students and schools.” 

The district is currently looking for sponsors for the Elevate program. If you are interested, please contact Denise Barr, director of communications and public engagement, at


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District 47 Mission, Vision and Core Values


Empowering All Students: Learners Today - Leaders Tomorrow


Learners are empowered when they:

  • Demonstrate academic growth by being independent and strategic learners.
  • Apply the life skills of collaboration, communication, citizenship, character, critical thinking, and creativity in real-world situations.

Core Values

  • Collaborative and respectful relationships
  • Equitable and timely resources
  • Engaged and innovative instruction
  • Growth and continuous improvement
  • Recognizing and accepting individual differences
  • Responsible and accountable stakeholders
  • Safe and secure environment
  • Social, emotional and physical well-being