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2024-2025 PRIME Grant Applications
The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation's PRIME Grant application is now open! The deadline to send applications is May 26. 
Apply here!
The annual Educator of the Year Gala will take place on Friday, April 12, 2024, at The Stern Center in Rock Island. 

Friday, April 12

6 pm - 7 pm Cocktails & Hordorves (Cash bar)

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm Dinner

7:45 pm Awards Program Dancing to follow ceremony

The Stern Center 1713 3rd Ave Rock Island, IL

Dress attire: Semi-formal


Each principal nominated one educator that they feel exemplifies Educator of the Year. To be considered for an Educator of the Year, a person must exhibit the following criteria:
  1. The educator must have taught for at least five years.
  2. The educator must have evidenced exemplary skills in instructing children/young adults.
  3. The educator must strongly believe that all children/young adults can and will learn.
  4. The educator has continually shown evidence of self-motivation in seeking and engaging in professional growth activities for the purpose of improving and/or enhancing his or her educational offerings to children/young adults.
  5. The educator makes teaching and learning rigorous and exciting for children/young adults.
Congratulations to the 2023-2024 Educator of the Year honorees: Janine Olson - Denkmann, Stacy Rohm - Earl Hanson, Liz Kongkousonh - Eugene Field, Val Matson - Frances Willard, Maggi Voss - Longfellow, Liz Hughes - Ridgewood, Jamie Ruberg - Rock Island Academy, Julie Hansen - Rock Island Center for Math & Science, Tiffany Versluis - Thomas Jefferson, Linnea Sparacello - Horace Mann Early Learning Center, Jennifer Trenary - Edison Jr. High School, Kimberly Laingen - Washington Jr. High School, Amanda Crecelius - Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, and Courtney Stone - Rock Island High School. 

educator of the year gala invitation
Tickets are $25 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 3, 2024. *Tickets WILL NOT be able to be purchased at the door. Please fill out the form below and send cash or checks to Leslie Fonseca, Admin Center, 2000 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL, 61201.