#EOTY45: Meet Week 1 Nominees For Middle School Teacher, Early Career Educator of The Year!

#EOTY45: Meet Week 1 Nominees For Middle School Teacher, Early Career Educator of The Year!

Six weeks from today, the Kane County Regional Office of Education will be hosting the 45th Annual Educator of the Year ceremony. Leading up to the event, all the nominees will be highlighted on Kane County Connects to show appreciation for the hardworking educators in Kane County.

Each year, Educator of the Year nominations are submitted by staff, friends, and family to recognize exceptional educators. Winners in each category are announced, along with the overall Educator of the Year winner. This year, the event will be live-streamed through YouTube and Facebook to ensure safe viewing options are provided.

Today, Middle School Teacher of the Year nominees and Early Career Educator of the Year nominees are highlighted. Take a look at some of the best in Kane County below!

Veronica Hancock

Thompson Middle School

  • Nominated for Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • 9 Years in Education
  • Special Education Teacher
  • District: St. Charles 303

Kendall Lawson

Harter Middle School

  • Nominated for Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • 7 Years in Education
  • 7th Grade ELA Teacher
  • District: Kaneland 301

Shawnna Strausberger

East Aurora Extension Campus

  • Nominated for Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • 11 Years in Education
  • Middle School RSSP Teacher
  • District: East Aurora 131

Rebecca Wilding

Cowherd Middle School

  • Nominated for Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • 5 Years in Education
  • Language Arts Intervention Teacher
  • District: East Aurora 131

Jenni Frenette

Cambridge Lakes Charter School

  • Nominated for Early Career Educator of the Year
  • 4 Years in Education
  • Teacher
  • District: D300

Gabrielle Haugen

Kaneland High School

  • Nominated for Early Career Educator of the Year
  • 3 Years in Education
  • School Social Worker
  • District: Kaneland 302

Scott Parola

Central Middle School

  • Nominated for Early Career Educator of the Year
  • 6 Years in Education
  • Pre-Algebra Teacher
  • District: Central 301

Kyle Pollastrini

West Aurora High School

  • Nominated for Early Career Educator of the Year
  • 4 Years in Education
  • Special Education Teacher
  • District: West Aurora 129

About the Kane County Regional Office of Education

Led by Regional Superintendent of Schools Patricia Dal Santo, the Kane County ROE is located in Geneva and serves nine school districts. From teacher licensure assistance to professional development, the ROE’s mission is to advocate for education, provide leadership and perform regulatory functions. Learn more about the ROE’s offerings on Facebook, Twitter and by signing up for the semimonthly newsletter.