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Nine D. 202 teachers get Foundation professional development awards

Plainfield – Nine District 202 teachers will participate in special professional growth programs this summer with the help of a special grant designed to support innovative teaching.

The Plainfield Foundation for Excellence created the Professional Development Awards eight years ago to help individual teachers in the classroom expand and improve their classroom skills and knowledge.

The Professional Development Awards are for up to $500 each. They can be used to pay for registration fees, tuition, conference/class related materials, travel, lodging, meals or other professional development expenses for classes or programs taken in summer 2019

“Teachers are expected to be life-long learners themselves,” said Foundation for Excellence Chairman Margie Bonuchi, “but that can be an expensive process. The Foundation for Excellence is happy and proud to help that important work any way we can,” she said.

The 2019 Professional Development Award winners are:

  • Lisa Baker, Plainfield Academy -- plans to attend the Loyola Family School Partnership Program Summer Institute in Chicago.
  • Eric Ferguson, John F. Kennedy Middle School -- plans to attend the Illinois State University Band Directors Workshop in Normal, Illinois.
  • Jessica Matas, Aux Sable Middle School – plans to attend the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia.
  • Sidney Minnick, Charles Reed Elementary School – plans to attend the STEM Camp in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Dawn Roake, Heritage Grove Middle School -- plans to attend the “Making STEM Relevant” program at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
  • Allison Slater, Plainfield East High School -- plans to attend the Northwestern University Advanced Placement Summer Institute for French Teachers in Chicago.
  • Anthony Waznonis, Plainfield East High School – plans to attend the Kagan English Language Learners Academy in Orlando, Florida.
  • Kim Winters, River View Elementary School -- plans to attend the Space Academy for Educators in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Laura Wood, Plainfield East High School -- plans to attend the Co-Teaching Strategies program at Greenville University (online)

The Foundation for Excellence is a private organization that has been supporting District 202 schools, students and staff with grants, scholarships and financial support for special programming since 1983.

Along with scholarships and grants, the Foundation has also supported special District 202 programs including a District Art Gallery, the Great Read community reading program and the 1847 Schoolhouse Restoration.

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