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DSC Announces Teacher & Employee of the Year Finalists 2023 - 2/23

DSC 2023 Teacher and Employee of the Year Finalists 

The Duneland School Corporation (DSC) has announced the finalists in its annual Teacher and Employee of the Year recognition program.  This program will continue to celebrate excellence in education by selecting a Teacher of the Year at both the elementary and secondary level and a classified staff member as Employee of the Year.

2023 DSC Teacher of the Year Finalists

Secondary Teachers:
Janna Carney - Chesterton High School
Jessica Evans - Chesterton High School
Beth Galloway - Chesterton Middle School
Renae Micchia - Chesterton High School
Stephanie Nichols - Chesterton High School
Carla Novreske - Chesterton Middle School

K-6 Teachers:
Kristi Berry - Liberty Intermediate School
Ezra Burke - Westchester Intermediate School
Sandra Campbell - Bailly Elementary School
Karen Donley - Yost Elementary School
Elyce Herman - Brummitt Elementary School
Aubrey Rose - Liberty Elementary School
Traci Urban - Jackson Elementary School

2023 DSC Employee of the Year Finalists

Classified Employees:
Colleen Bowen - DSC Custodian (Brummitt)
Nick Chaja - DSC Technology
Lisa Ilgin - Jackson Administrative Assistant
John Little - DSC Custodian (CHS)
Aaron Lush - DSC Technology
Aaron McLaughlin - DSC Technology
Jan Pinnell - DSC Custodian (Bailly)
April Wilson - DSC Transportation

Selection Process
Outstanding teachers and employees were nominated for recognition by students, parents, colleagues and Duneland community members in the month of February. In March, finalists were selected from those nominated by principals, supervisors and the Duneland Teachers Association.

A selection panel representing students, parents, community members and district administration will interview and then select the Teachers of the Year and the Employee of the Year from those recognized as finalists during the month of April.

The 2023 winners will be recognized at the May 1, 2023 School Board meeting, Beginning of the Year Programs in August, in DSC publications, website, and social media and on a plaque displayed at Central Office. Winners will also receive a classroom/office door banner along with a monetary stipend of $500 sponsored by NorthShore Health, 1st Source Bank, and Ellis Electric. In addition, both the elementary and secondary winners will represent Duneland teachers in the Indiana Department of Education’s statewide Teacher of the Year Program.