H-F Park District honors staff for actions that save a life

School psychologist Stephanie Hess proudly displays
the Jerry Morin Educational Excellence Award she
received from District 153.  Hess was nominated by
Willow School Principal Mary Ann Savage (left) and
is congratulated by Superintendent Dale
Mitchell and Shelly Marks (right), board president.

(Photo by Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

Homewood District 153 presented the Jerry Morin Educational Excellence Award to Stephanie Hess, a school psychologist at Willow School.

The award is presented to a teacher or staff member who has shown outstanding commitment to student achievement.

Hess, who has been at the school the past four years, was nominated by Mary Ann Savage, Willow School principal, who said Hess “works to support our kids and our families.”

The assessment data she gathers helps develop appropriate interventions for students, and Hess offers training sessions for school staff. She also offers parents information on numerous resources and programs for their children, Savage said.

District 153 Board President Shelly Marks said Hess has a difficult job telling parents their children require special services to succeed at their educational goals, but she has families leave her office believing it will be OK with the right help.

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