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    2019-2020 Those Who Excel/Donald M. Phares Awards


    Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 25, 4 p.m.



    Administrator - District superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, coordinators, directors or others whose responsibilities are more than 50 percent administrative.

    Classroom Teacher (Licensed) - Preschool, primary, middle or secondary teachers who spends more than 50 percent of the time instructing students (includes reading specialists).

    Early Career Educator - Teachers in their second to fifth year of teaching may be nominated for the Outstanding Early Career Educator award. The criteria for this award is the same as for any teacher but recognizes the accomplishments of a teacher in the early years of their career.

    Student Support Personnel (Licensed) - School nurse, psychologist, social worker, school counselor, media/librarian/audio visual, or speech/language therapist who spends more than 50 percent of time in the indicated field.

    Educational Service Personnel (Unlicensed) - Includes aides, cafeteria workers, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers, crossing guards, and others.

    School Board Member/Community Volunteer - Only one may be nominated per district (either school board member or community volunteer).

    Team - Includes, for example, teams of teachers or administrators, civic organizations, parent organizations, school boards, booster clubs, etc.


    Click here to download the nomination packet.


    If you have questions about the nomination process please email:


    or call 309-672-6744 ext. 22302