Six District 153 staff members were recognized for their outstanding efforts at Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools.
They received the Jerry Morin Outstanding Educator Award during the Nov. 13 board meeting. The Morin Award is given in honor of former school board member Jerry Morin, who always had a future vision and was an advocate for hiring and retaining the best and brightest staff in order to maintain the district’s tradition of excellence.
Paula Bulliner, who came to District 153 in 2009, is now in her last year as a sixth grade special education teacher at James Hart School. She serves on the Building Leadership Team as a mentor, and works on Special Olympics and the sixth grade homework team. She was recognized for personifying excellence in teaching and leadership.
Crystal Gladney is in her second year as a dean’s assistant at James Hart. She joined the district team in 2009 and had served as a classroom assistant. Her work puts her in touch with all students in the building. She serves as a member of the James Hart Diversity and Equity Team, Student Support Team and facilitates the seventh grade homework team.
At Churchill School, Lynn Whitehead is classroom assistant. He was recognized for working to make a difference for all students at Churchill, not just those he is assigned to, through his persistent and determined manner.
Teacher Jeanette Nichols has been a teacher at Churchill School for 19 years. She will be retiring in June. She was recognized for her outstanding impact in students and staff and her ongoing advocacy for students.
Willow School second grade teacher Christen Vazquez has been with District 153 for 25 years and has served on every school and district committee over the years. She was recognized as a strong advocate for students, not just those in her classroom.
Chloe Ross is an Willow School assistant who now works in a newly created behavior management position at the school. She has a varied background that the administration recognized as a plus for the work she does and appreciates her continued learning through professional development opportunities.