Ashley Talip

Position: Social Worker School: Lowrie Elementary School School District: School District U-46 City, State: Elgin, Illinois About the Nominee: Ashley Talip was nominated by David O'Donnell, a member of the community. Ms. Talip always gives as much of her time and money as she can to the students of Lowrie Elementary. Her nominator, David, states […]


Peggy Buck

Position: APL Instructor School: Urbana Adult Education School District: Urbana School District 116 City, State: Urbana, Illinois About the Nominee: Peggy Buck was nominated by a colleague, Marcellos Gray. For generations, Ms. Buck's generosity and nurturing demeanor have given students the footing and empowerment they need in order go to college, achieve stability with gainful […]


Teresa Genovese

Position: Freshmen Algebra Teacher, Cheer Team Volunteer School: Joliet Central High School School District: Joliet Township High School District 204 City, State: Joliet, Illinois About the Nominee: Teresa Genovese was nominated by a colleague, Mary Spata. Ms. Genovese has been teaching math at Joliet Central for the past seven years. She is someone who helps […]

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Carl Cannon

Position: Founder, Chairman of Elite Youth Re-entry Program School: Lincoln K-8 School School District: Peoria School District City, State: Peoria, Illinois About the Nominee: UPDATE: December 1st, 2016 Mr. Cannon is not employed at Lincoln K-8 School or Peoria School District. Although he is not eligible for the LifeChanger of the Year cash prizes, we […]


Patti Olsem

Position: Preschool Teacher School: Lincoln Early Learning Center School District: Fremont School District 79 City, State: Mundelein, Illinois About the Nominee: Patti Olsem was nominated by her principal, Carol Bennett. Ms. Olsem has been working in Fremont School District 79 for four years. She teaches an At-Risk Program funded through a grant from the state […]