On Friday (May 21, 2021), two groups from the Kane County Regional Office of Education were recognized by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association, or INSPRA.
The Distinguished Service Awards recognize individuals and teams who partner with their communications team to provide excellent service back to their communities.
Patricia Dal Santo is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in the Administrator category.
Dal Santo was nominated for her swift work in connecting the Kane County School District superintendents with the Health Department in March of 2020, in order to keep the community as informed as possible during the dire time of the early pandemic. Her crisis response and communication played a key role in the return-to-learning discussions and was made easier by the existing strong relationships she had taken the time to foster within the districts and their communities.
“It is first and foremost my duty to serve the districts and the youth in this county,” Dal Santo said. “While I am honored to receive this award, I was merely answering the call for what I was elected to do — serve the people of this area.”
A team project was also recognized for its communication and contributions to the community.
The team of Dal Santo, Dr. Deanna Oliver, Phil Morris, Katie Algrim, Angie Knorr, Eleanor Morris, and CJ Yoder worked quickly back in April of 2020 to convert the in-person bus driver refresher trainings mandated by the state to an online format open to not just drivers in Kane County, but to anyone across Illinois, so that there would be little interruption or shortage of drivers when schools did reopen.
In a matter of weeks, this staff was able to quickly get an online system up and running and train over 5,000 drivers remotely. While the challenges that arose from COVID-19 complicated the day-to-day functions of the educational world, the team at the ROE was quickly able to think on their feet and adapt to the digital landscape.
Congratulations to all who were recognized!
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SOURCE: Kane County Regional Office of Education news release by Molly McQueeny. You can reach her at 630-444-3092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.