45 Nominees Honors after Two Years of Anticipation

Geneva, IL. (April 30, 2021) – Today, the Kane County Regional Office of Education hosted the 45th annual Educator of the Year award ceremony. The ceremony honored nominees from the 2019-2020 school year, after last year’s ceremony was postponed due to COVID – 19. The event was live streamed through YouTube and Facebook. If you missed the ceremony, watch here. 

Each year student teachers, retired teachers, university representatives, business representatives, and national board certified teachers come together and review all nominations.  The ROE thanks them for their assistance and appreciate the time spent carefully reviewing each book.  

The Educator of the Year is Susan Jones, a special education teacher from Batavia School District 101. Jones has spent 33 years in education, and currently serves at Alice Gustafson Elementary. Jones is the recipient of a $3000 grant from the ROE to be used for a project of her choosing at her school.

Each category also had an individual winner as well.

Educational Service Personnel – Maggie Schroeder: U-46 (Project Access Coordinator)

Student Support Personnel – Megan Gow: St. Charles 303 (Guidance Counselor)

Early Career Educator – Scott Parola: Central 301 (Mathematics Teacher)

Private/Parochial – Jessica Mina: St. Charles of Borromeo (4th Grade Teacher/Assistant Principal)

Elementary/Early Childhood – Jeni Moe: West Aurora 129 (Music Education Teacher)

Middle School – Shawnna Strausberger: East Aurora 131 (RSSP History Teacher)

High School – Jordan Zimberoff: Geneva 304 (US History and AP US History)

School Administrator – Jill Maras: Kaneland 302 (High School Principal)

Shelley Nacke, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services for District #300 was the recipient of the Regional Superintendent Award. This award goes to an educator who touched the heart and mind of Patricia Dal Santo, Regional Superintendent. “There is one nominee this year who touched me as someone I would appreciate being a part of my own children and grandchildren’s lives,” said Dal Santo, while announcing the winner.

Photos from the event will be uploaded in the coming days to the Kane County Regional Office of Education’s website. To stay updated, subscribe to the bi-weekly newsletter from the ROE and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

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