Several area teachers were awarded Teacher of the Year, and given $1000, today at Pear Tree Estate. There were six teachers honored at the event, an elementary, middle, and high school teacher from the Urbana and Champaign school districts. Teachers were selected out of over 250 nominations by students, parents, and guardians. This was the 2nd Annual Teacher of the Year event. 

Maggie Beckett, First Grade Teacher, Carrie Busey Elementary School

Bridget Maloney, 2nd Grade Teacher at Leal Elementary School

Kelley Tonkovich, Special Education, Jefferson Middle School

Karen Debauche, Instrumental Music, Urbana Middle School

Stephen Stanger, English Teacher, Champaign Central High School

Laura Koritz, English Teacher, Urbana High School

Photos by Eric Frahm.