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Congratulations 2023 ‘Those Who Excel’ Award Winners!

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Last month 31 Rockford Public Schools employees and volunteers were honored at the Those Who Excel education awards program.

The annual celebration honors individuals in seven categories who have made outstanding contributions to education. The statewide program is co-sponsored locally by RPS 205 and the Rockford Education Association.

Nominees and winners are noted below. Congratulations!

2023 Nominees & Winners:

Winners are noted in bold.

Education Service Personnel Non-Certified

Corrina Delacy - West View Elementary School

Heather Hall - Guilford High School

Eh Hser - Bilingual Department

Wendy Jasinski - Lathrop Elementary School

Dan Marinelli - Custodian, Summerdale Early Childhood Center

Jennifer O'Leary - Whitehead Elementary School

Susan Young - Auburn High School and Roosevelt Community Education Center


Student Support Personnel Certified

Jessica Berg - Instructional Coach, Ellis Elementary School

Cindy Beaudry - RESA Middle School

Rachel Lore - Kennedy Middle School

Jannine Patterson - West View Elementary School

Jennifer Peterson - Lathrop Elementary School

Sarah Watson - Jefferson High School


Early Career Educator

Madison Evans - Language Arts Teacher, Kennedy Middle School


School Board Member/Volunteer

Martha Carlson - Volunteer, Conklin Elementary School

Tim Rollins - School Board Member



Health Services Transportation Specialists - Amy Ekstrom and Beth Krominga

Kennedy Middle School Administration Team - Kourtni Gray, Kye Gaffey and Ryan Lambert



Sarah Craig - West View Elementary School

John Cusimano - Jefferson High School

Bridget French - Executive Director of College & Career Readiness

Reid Jutras - Administration

Amish Shah - Guilford High School


Classroom Teacher

Nina Baldwin - East High School

Stephen Berry - Kennedy Middle School

Bernadette Coleman - RESA Middle School

Justin Garnhart - Special Education Teacher, Guilford High School

Tracy Norgart - RESA Middle School

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