The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF) has a long history of celebrating District 204 educators.
In 2014, IPEF teamed up with District 204 and Wells Fargo Advisors to recognize the positive impact of educators with a new award. The A+ Award was presented monthly by a surprise team visiting unsuspecting teachers and staff members in classrooms across the district.
We are proud to have Wells Fargo Advisors partnering with us again in 2017-18 to make the A+ Award possible. Winning staff members each receive $500 to spend in their classroom or on a project for their school.
2017-18 A+ Award Winners
September – Jill DeFarno, Builta Elementary (LMC Director)
October – Edgar Stewart, McCarty Elementary (Crossing Guard)
2016-17 A+ Award Winners
September – Victor Low, Scullen Middle School (7th grade teacher)
October – Rhonda Jenkins, Kendall Elementary School (LMC Director)
November – Lisa Lake, Welch Elementary School (social worker)
December – Meredith Smith, Young Elementary School (3rd grade teacher)
January – Blake Cline, STEPS (Special Olympics coach)
February – Keith Olson, McCarty (5th grade teacher)
March – Michael Rossi, Neuqua Valley (English teacher)
April – Andrea Palmer, Still (English/Social Studies Teacher)
May – Rob Maldonado, Young (PE Teacher & Spirit Council sponsor)
2015-16 A+ Award Winners
September – Amanda Pyzik, Metea Valley High School (guidance counselor)
October – Sue Kuhn, Graham Elementary School (secretary)
November – Katie Ammons, Steck Elementary School (kindergarten teacher)
December – Eugenia Latka, Waubonsie Valley High School (math teacher)
January – Michael Ackerman, Metea Valley High School (Special Olympics coach)
February – Matt Ragusa, Neuqua Valley High School (chemistry teacher, robotics & track coach)
March – John Fleetwood, Spring Brook Elementary School (head custodian)
April – Jacki Provis, Indian Plains High School (secretary)
May – Patty McElroy, Patterson Elementary School (nurse)
2014-15 A+ Award Winners
October – Skaiste Zinkevicius – Hill Middle School (6th grade teacher)
November – Debra Crooks – Graham Elementary School (2nd grade teacher)
December – Megan Marco – Fry Elementary School (Support teacher)
January – Liz Fay – Waubonsie Valley High School (English teacher)
February – Carolyn Hesselink – White Eagle Elementary School (4th grade teacher)
March – presented at Inspire 204
Heidi Provost – Spring Brook Elementary School (5th grade teacher)
Terence White – Still Middle School (Science teacher)
Janice Hums – Welch Elementary School (5th grade teacher)
Emily Binder – Neuqua Valley High School (Music teacher)
April – Lynne White – Granger Middle School (LMC Director)
May – Kiki Labianca – Gregory Middle School (Project Arrow teacher)
You can visit https://204tv.org/ to see videos of our surprise visits.
If you would like to nominate an influential educator or staff member who goes beyond to make a difference for our students you can do so by visiting A+ Award Nominations.