ALGONQUIN – The Community School District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence announced the 2017 D-300 Distinguished Educator and Employee of the Year at its annual awards celebration in April.
This year’s award recipients were Maria Rim, a social worker at Lakewood Elementary School, and Sean Hough, a physical education teacher at Gilberts Elementary School.
The event honored 26 individuals including teachers and school employees who were nominated by each of the district’s schools. Nominees included Britt Kotecki, a social worker at Algonquin Middle School; Joseph Benoit, a physical education teacher at Jacobs High School; Janine Haugen, a special education teacher at Lake in the Hills Elementary School; and Susan Bultman, an instructional media paraprofessional at Lincoln Prairie Elementary School.
Rim, who has worked for the district for 17 years, received the Employee of the Year award for her efforts in co-teaching classroom lessons and helping to coordinate the Kids Hope Mentoring program, which helps students who lack positive influences in their lives.
“[Maria] makes students feel cared for and builds connections with students that would otherwise not have them,” Lakewood Principal Brittany Porsche said. “And she helps teachers problem-solve different behavioral strategies to implement in the classroom with their students.”
Hough, who has been with the district for 21 years, was recommended for regularly incorporating teamwork, inspiring fitness and engaging students. Hough also serves on the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, Safety and Relay for Life teams and facilitates the PTO’s Hoops for Health fundraiser.
For information about the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award, the Distinguished Employee Award or any of the Foundation Grant awards, email foundation administrative assistant Pat Ehmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.