Stefanie Pitzer, a 2nd Grade Teacher at Dunlap Grade School was recently named an Illinois State Board of Education, Those Who Excel, recipient. Mrs. Pitzer accepted this award at a banquet at the Marriott Bloomington, Normal.
This was the 41st statewide salute to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to education in the state of Illinois. Stefanie is in her 10th year of teaching in Dunlap School District and her nomination included letters of recommendation from administration, parents, co-workers, and students. This is the second award Mrs. Pitzer has accepted. Stefanie has been honored locally by receiving the Distinguished Service Award as an Outstanding Young Educator. She was selected for this honor from a competitive pool based on her ability to engage, motivate, encourage, and reach all her students in creative, innovative and unique ways. When she accepted this award, she thoughtfully accepted on behalf of her teaching team. Individually, Mrs. Pitzer is outstanding, but she understands and values the team that surrounds her.
A nominator wrote, “Stefanie pursues greatness in her role as a second grade teacher at Dunlap Grade School. She motivates her students with authentic purposes, hands-on lessons, and creative outlets. Stefanie is a strong proponent for arts in education and goes so far as to create musical and artistic experiences for her students each day. Costumes, props, games, and plays are just a taste of what students experience within her classroom. Furthermore, Stefanie prepares 21st century citizens with her use of technology and innovation.
Stefanie has always demonstrated a student-first approach as well as a strong conviction that all students can learn. Continuous improvement of classroom instruction is at the center of Mrs. Pitzer’s teaching practices. She has been named a Renaissance Learning Model Classroom for her practices and success with Accelerated Reader. She embeds student ownership and accountability in her classroom through the development of a student created mission statement and ground rules. She maintains instructional focus by having students create and monitor their goals in individual student data binders and on a classroom data center. Her students participate in student-led conferences and problem-solve using quality tools. ”
Congratulations to Mrs. Pitzer for this incredible achievement.
Submitted by: Mandy ELlis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent