Grayslake District 127 had three award recipients at the 2016 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel recognition program held on October 22, 2016.
Megan Licht, who serves as the Associate Principal for Student Services at Grayslake North High School, received the Award of Recognition for Administrator of the Year for her work developing systems of support, both academic and social-emotional, for at-risk students.
Ricky Stark is a science teacher at Grayslake Central High School who won the Award of Excellence for Early Educator of the Year for his innovative chemistry classroom that uses technology to allow students to be the creators of their own learning.
Molly Noel is a social studies teacher at Grayslake North High School who won the Award of Recognition for Teacher of the Year for her leadership on implementing an interdisciplinary history course titled Big History and her contribution to the launch and development of a student tutoring and intervention program.
The Illinois State Board of Education annually sponsors Those Who Excel to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to our state's public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. Excellence, Meritorious Service and Special Recognition awards are presented in seven categories: classroom teacher, school administrator/principal, student support personnel (licensed), educational service personnel (unlicensed), school board member/community volunteer; team, and early career educator. Nomination materials are evaluated by a selection committee comprised of individuals who represent a variety of educational organizations. Local school district leaders and members of school communities nominate candidates.