Aurora University graduate Pam Reilly on Saturday was named Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Reilly, a second-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich, was selected from 11 finalists recognized at the Illinois State Board of Education's 39th Annual Those Who Excel banquet in downstate Normal.
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"Pam's passion for teaching and her enthusiasm for helping her students succeed is so genuine and sincere that students are immediately drawn to her," State Superintendent Christopher Koch said in a news release.
Now in her 12th year of teaching, Reilly is a graduate of Aurora University in Aurora and National-Louis University in Chicago. ISBE officials described her as "a collaborator and leader" in School District 430, which is home to six schools serving more than 2,300 students.