• Gurnee Teacher of the Year 2022-2023

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    All certified staff are eligible for this award. This includes classroom teachers, special education teachers, special area teachers (ex: music, art, P.E.), social workers, health teachers, band directors, reading or math specialists and more!

    The nomination form is now closed.

  • Teacher of the Year Award

    Joe Rejczyk
    Gurnee Teacher of the Year
    2021-2022

    Previous Gurnee Teacher of the Year Winners

    • 2020-2021  Joy Barbknecht
    • 2019-2020  Kathy Shinners
    • 2018-2019  Vianey Soriaga
    • 2017-2018  Traci Strieter
    • 2016-2017  Darlene Lipczynski
    • 2015-2016  Tamara Graham
    • 2014-2015  Rian Bogdala
    • 2013-2014  Roshaunda Henson
  • Teacher of the Year Program 2023

    Timeline:

    • Monday, January 9 - Nominations begin
    • Monday, January 30 - Deadline to submit nominations
    • Week of March 13 - School nominees and winner announced at each school
    • Week of April 3 - Presentation to District Winner
    • May 8 - Recognition at the Village of Gurnee Board Meeting
    • May 25 - Teacher of the Year and school winners recognized at the Woodland Board of Education Meeting


    2021 - 2022 School Winners
    Woodland selects a school winner from each of the five schools in the district. From the list of five finalists, an overall winner is selected for recognition as the Village of Gurnee’s Teacher of the Year. This year’s school finalists were:

    • Ashley Concidine, Woodland Primary
    • Amber Fayard, Woodland Elementary East
    • Farrah Graff, Woodland Elementary West
    • Joe Rejczyk, Woodland Intermediate
    • Carmen Ayala, Woodland Middle School

    News Release May 3, 2022 English / Spanish 


    2020 - 2021 School Winners
    Woodland selects a school winner from each of the five schools in the district. From the list of five finalists, an overall winner is selected for recognition as the Village of Gurnee’s Teacher of the Year. This year’s school finalists were:

    • Amber Beutel, Woodland Primary
    • Katie Howell, Woodland Elementary East
    • Jeb Fleming, Woodland Elementary West
    • Jane Weiland, Woodland Intermediate
    • Joy Barbknecht, Woodland Middle School 

    News Release - May 19, 2021: Middle School Teacher Named Woodland's Gurnee Teacher of the Year

    2019 - 2020 School Winners


    • Mrs. Concidine, Woodland Primary
    • Mrs. LeFevre, Woodland Elementary East
    • Mrs. Parrott, Woodland Elementary West
    • Mrs. Shinners, Woodland Intermediate
    • Mr. Thompson, Woodland Middle School

    News Release: Intermediate Teacher Named Woodland’s Gurnee Teacher of the Year
    April 30, 2020