ISBE Honors over 500 Illinoisans for Extraordinary Contributions to Education Across the State

See full list of awardees here.

The annual Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards celebrate incredible classroom teachers, administrators, teams, volunteers, and school support personnel who have made lasting impacts on the students, families, and fellow educators in their school communities. Find more information on the application process and awards in ISBE's Overview of Awards. ISBE will celebrate the awardees at a banquet on May 18.

“There's no doubt that our devoted educators in Illinois go above and beyond for our students every single day," said Governor JB Pritzker. “I'm especially excited to honor the 2024 Those Who Excel Awardees and Teacher of the Year Cohort Members, who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to their communities and the young people they serve. To these outstanding professionals across Illinois—thank you for helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow."

“Congratulations to our 2024 Those Who Excel awardees and Teacher of the Year Cohort," said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tony Sanders. "These awards recognize the vital and exceptionally talented professionals who have dedicated their lives and careers to education across Illinois. They have chosen to aim their considerable talents and passion toward giving back to their communities, uplifting young people, and shaping our collective future for the better. I especially want to celebrate and express my deep appreciation for the 15 teachers who have been selected as our 2024 Teacher of the Year Cohort. These 15 teachers have displayed unparalleled excellence, service, and leadership within and beyond their classrooms. Each of these teachers has a powerful story and message to share, and I am proud to recognize their efforts and provide a platform to elevate their voices."

Our entire school community is extremely proud of Dr. Entsminger and congratulates him on this tremendous achievement!