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IW Teacher Greg Hoener Named Midwest Region Teacher of the Year | Journal-Pilot

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced the 2022 finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year, as well as the 2022 Outstanding Early Career Educator. include the 10 Regional Teachers of the Year, as well as the Bilingual, Early Childhood and Special Education Teachers of the Year. The annual Teacher of the Year program honors incredible classroom educators who have had a lasting impact on students, families, and other educators in their school communities.

The ISBE also announced 196 recipients of those who excel today, recognizing administrators, teams, volunteers and school support staff for their extraordinary contributions to education statewide.

“The Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Programs recognize those who make education in Illinois so exceptional,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. . “Our students have been in the most capable hands despite the challenges of the past two years. Our Illinois educators and their level of commitment, passion, and dedication have been a guide for students and communities at a time when we needed them most. I am so proud of each of our winners and especially our finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year. This recognition is the highest distinction of our profession.

The regional teachers of the year 2022 are:

Cook County – Dr. Justin Antos, music teacher at Eisenhower High School in Community High School District 218 in Oak Lawn

Southeast – Amber George, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Herrin High School at Herrin Community Unit School District 4 in Herrin

East Central – Marielena Gozur, elementary special education teacher at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in School District 5 in the McLean County Unit in Normal

North Suburbs – Elliott Hile, music teacher at Lakes Community High School in Community High School District 117 in Lake Villa

West Central – Greg Hoener, social studies teacher at Illini West High School in Illini West High School District 307 in Carthage

Southwest – Katie Jeck, special education teacher at Columbia Middle School in Columbia Community Unit School District 4 in Columbia

Cook County – Ashley Kannan, social studies teacher at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 in Oak Park

South Suburb – Carrie Molinero, second grade teacher at Madison Elementary School in Hinsdale Community Consolidated School District 181 in Clarendon Hills

Northwest – Kimberly Radostits, Spanish teacher at Oregon High School in Oregon Community Unit School District 220 in Oregon

Cook County – Claire Trainer, science teacher at Sauganash Elementary School in Chicago City Public Schools District 299

Recipients of the Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, Special Education Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career Educator awards are :

Bilingual – Marwa Elmasry, Oak Lawn Community High School at Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 at Oak Lawn

Early Childhood – Megan Hillegass, Pre-K teacher at Dr. James Mitchem Early Childhood Center at Valley View Community Unit School District 365U in Romeoville

Special Education – Victoria Valentine, West Leyden High School at Leyden Community High School District 212 at Franklin Park

Outstanding Career Start – Nia Kerr, middle school Spanish teacher at Roselle Middle School in Roselle School District 12 in Roselle. The ISBE awards this prize to a teacher with between one and four years of teaching experience.

Recipients are selected by a committee of administrators, teachers, educational services personnel, student support staff, and former Illinois Teachers of the Year. Dr. Ayala will make his final selection for 2022 Illinois Professor of the Year later this spring. The Illinois Teacher of the Year will represent Illinois in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ national Teacher of the Year program.

Mr. Hoener began his teaching career in 1989 and taught at Illini West for 31 years. He is also a part-time assistant reserve officer for Hancock County. He is the sponsor of the Git R’ Done Club and while at Illini West he has also helped with many fundraisers and events such as Special Olympics Basketball, Donkey Basketball, Community Service Days and more. “I was shocked, and so humbled and honored to be named Midwest Region Teacher of the Year,” Greg said. “I’ve taught the parents of some of my students now – that’s how long I’ve been doing this – and the best thing you can hope for as a teacher is to leave a lasting, positive impression on those students who will end up being whole adult members of their communities.

The ISBE will recognize all of its Teacher of the Year award winners and those who excel at a banquet later this summer. For more information on ISBE’s Those Who Excel program, visit the Those Who Excel webpage.