District 209 Teachers Honored by State Board of Education
October 30, 2014 03:30 PM
Two District 209 teachers – one from Proviso West High School, the other from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – were honored with Awards of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 25 in Normal as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program.
Mrs. Lindsey Coppola, a Proviso West English teacher, received an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher category, while Ms. Erin Mason, a PMSA English teacher, won an Award of Recognition in the Early Career Educator category. They were among more than 230 educators from across Illinois to be recognized at the banquet at the Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel in Normal just off of the Illinois State University campus. They were accompanied at the banquet by Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, as well as their families.
"Every day, our teachers, staff, and administrators are hard at work providing a quality education to our students," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "Mrs. Coppola and Ms. Mason being recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education shows the great work that is being done at Proviso West and PMSA, and we are always pleased when others recognize it. I thank the ISBE for its recognition of two quality educators from our schools."
Other awards presented at the Those Who Excel Awards banquet included Awards of Excellence, Meritorious Service, and Special Recognition, as well as the Illinois Teacher of the Year, which went to Mr. Steven Elza, an automotive technology teacher at Fremd High School in Palatine.
Mrs. Coppola, who was nominated by a parent, said that it was an honor to be nominated for the award.
"I feel like it’s the pinnacle of my career and then being in this room with all of these educators, it’s just kind of makes me more inspired to keep doing what I am doing and do even more," Mrs. Coppola said. "I’m very lucky to have amazing co-workers in the English department and an administration that supports me. I just want to keep working and collaborating and making people proud and working for the students, most importantly."
Ms. Mason, who was nominated by Dr. Karvelas, said that she was thankful and honored by the recognition.
"I’m humbled," Ms. Mason said. "Just to be nominated and receive the Award of Recognition in this being my third year as an educator, I want to thank Dr. Karvelas for the nomination. I wish to continue as I embark on my career in education."
Congratulations to Mrs. Coppola and Ms. Mason, and thank you for helping to Keep Proviso Rising!