Teachers from Bensenvile, Libertyville and Lincolnshire are among 11 finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced Oct. 19 at a banquet in Normal.
This year's finalists include Amy Walsh at Tioga School in Bensenville, Mark Buesing at Libertyville High School and William Fritz at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire
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Other finalists: John Bierbaum at Normal Community West High School in Normal; Amanda Dearmond at DuQuoin Middle School in DuQuoin; DeLores Mannes at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor; Kerry (Fran) Meyers at Brimfield Grade School in Brimfield; Pam Reilly at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich; Sina Rowe at Goshen Elementary School in Edwardsville; Aaron Sitze at Oregon High School in Oregon; and Donna Whitaker at West Junior High School in Belleville.