Three from Dist. 300 nominated for Educator of the Year awards

Posted4/17/2012 11:49 AM

This year's Kane County Regional Office of Education annual educator of the year awards include three staff members from Community Unit District 300.

The award honors the "best of the best" in six categories: elementary, middle school and high school teacher, administrator, special educator, and support staff.


There is also a Regional Superintendent's Award, and an "Educator of the Year" top overall winner. The latter two awards are chosen from any of the previous four categories.

The nominees from District 300 are Jill Fox, Kathy Lindsey and Cheryl Crates.

Fox has been the learning disabilities resource teacher at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School since 1991, while Lindsey joined the library staff at Lakewood School in Carpentersville nine years ago. She has worked in the district for about 14 years.

Crates, the district's current chief financial officer, joined the district in July 2004. In that time, Crates has helped the district accomplish many significant goals and overcome obstacles including the elimination of a $27 million deficit, completion of $191 million in construction projects, and led administrators in mitigating the affects of the Sears Economic Development Area extension.

Their full biographies as well as comments from their colleagues who nominated them, can be found on the district's website.

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The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11 in St. Charles.

ECC job fair: Local and international businesses are ready to hire, so spruce up your resume, dress for success and get ready to wow your potential employee during the Elgin Community College Job Fair from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 20, at the Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

The event is free and parking is available in lots 11 and 12 off Renner Drive. Businesses taking part in the event include Swiss Automation Inc., Caterpillar Inc, Hoffer Plastics, Elgin Community College, Sherman Health Systems, Grand Victoria Casino, TCF Bank and JP Morgan Chase.

For more information on the career fair, call the Elgin Community College Career Services at (847) 214-7399 or visit to view a full list of employers.

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