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SD161 awards faculty and celebrates administrator’s achievements

District 161 recognized the exemplary service of Ronald Wright with the #AboveAndBeyond award during a Dec. 18 school board meeting.

Wright, a sixth-grade math teacher at Parker Junior High, was nominated by one of his fellow teachers, Patricia Green. Director of Human Resources Haley Marti shared part of the nomination letter from Green with the board.

“No matter what, he always tries to maintain positivity and uplift the students,” wrote Green. “Even in difficult situations, he is positive and solution-oriented. He always tries to brighten others’ days, and he is an incredible teacher.”

From left, District 161 Superintendent Dana Smith, Ronald Wright and District 161 Director of Human Resources Haley Marti.
(Chris Weber/H-F Chronicle)

The district started the #AboveAnd Beyond recognition program in December 2019 to spread the word about teachers and support staff’s positive impacts on students’ lives.

The district congratulated Michelle Wisniewski, assistant principal of Parker Junior High School, and Gina Isabelli, principal of Western Avenue School, for recently completing their doctorate degrees.

From left, District 161 Superintendent Dana Smith, Gina Isabelli, Michelle Wisniewski and
District 161 Director of Human Resources Haley Marti. (Chris Weber/H-F Chronicle)

“Through their incredible work, research, and dedication, they have earned these degrees,” said Marti. “We want to award them with a certificate and formally congratulate them.”

Wisniewski’s studies focused on the effects of social-emotional learning and adolescent academic achievement. She completed her PhD at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.  

Isabelli’s field of study was general education. She focused on adult learning for professional growth at the National University.

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