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Elevate Staff Recognition Program

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

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District 47's new Elevate program recognizes District 47 employees who, in their contributions and service to the district, uphold and exemplify the district’s mission, vision and core values (see below) 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.


April Elevate winners


April 2022 Elevate award winners

Top row (left to right): 

-Jean Bowman, 8th Grade EC language arts teacher, Bernotas Middle School 

-Katie Felz, 2nd grade teacher, Husmann Elementary School

-Meghan Foreman, Adjusted Learning teacher, Bernotas Middle School

-Remberto Hernandez, custodian, Indian Prairie Elementary School

-Stephanie Lieurance, paraprofessional, South Elementary School

-Scott Pinshower, 5th grade teacher, West Elementary School

-Jenn Sauck, nurse, Husmann Elementary School

Bottom row (left to right):

-Aimee Pearce, ELA/social studies coach, West/South Elementary Schools

-Jodi Pesola, math/science coach, South/West Elementary Schools

-Ashley Rogers, MTSS coach, West/South Elementary Schools 


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