Submitted by Libertyville Elementary District 70
A committee selected speech pathologist Casie DeRose for this year's 2012-13 Character & Leadership Award in Libertyville Elementary District 70.
The award, given for the third year, was presented to DeRose for initiating many service projects with teachers over the years.
While now stationed at Butterfield School, DeRose also has worked at other District 70 schools and brings teachers throughout the district together to work on projects.
The graduate of Minot State University in North Dakota has initiated a blood drive, clothing drive and donations for Bernie's Book Bank; packed meals for the Feed My Starving Children Foundation; and crosses school boundaries with raising money for Autism Speaks.
A kind and selfless teacher, DeRose is a dedicated colleague and guide to parents.
"Always an advocate for children and always there to lend support and offer contributions for so many, Casie DeRose, speech language pathologist, is tremendously deserving of this recognition and honor," said Superintendent Dr. Guy Schumacher.
Schumacher called DeRose "one of the most caring, service-oriented, selfless, noble and humble individuals I have ever met."
District 70 staff members nominate candidates for the award, and the nominations are then reviewed by a committee of teachers and staff members who make up the Character Counts! Committee. The committee then selects the employees to be honored with the award.
Schumacher and members of the Character Counts! Committee presented the award during a Teacher Institute day Feb. 15 before the entire District 70 staff.
• To submit Your news, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Your news."