Joliet District 86 Teachers Named Great Teachers

District 86 teachers named Great Teachers were, from left, Julie Bark, Special Education Teacher, Pershing Elementary; Catherine Kopka, Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Hufford Junior High; Erin McDonough, Sixth Grade English as a Second Language Resource Teacher, Gompers Junior High; and Mary Jane Worsley, Kindergarten Teacher, Lynne Thigpen Elementary.
District 86 teachers named Great Teachers were, from left, Julie Bark, Special Education Teacher, Pershing Elementary; Catherine Kopka, Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Hufford Junior High; Erin McDonough, Sixth Grade English as a Second Language Resource Teacher, Gompers Junior High; and Mary Jane Worsley, Kindergarten Teacher, Lynne Thigpen Elementary.

Four Joliet Public Schools District 86 teachers were named 2023 Joliet Area Great Teachers by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Overall, 22 local teachers were recognized at a banquet at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. The teachers were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, administrators, or community members.

This year’s District 86 winning teachers were Julie Bark, Special Education Teacher, Pershing Elementary; Catherine Kopka, Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Hufford Junior High; Erin McDonough, Sixth Grade English as a Second Language Resource Teacher, Gompers Junior High; and Mary Jane Worsley, Kindergarten Teacher, Lynne Thigpen Elementary.

“It is such a wonderful opportunity to recognize great teachers in the Joliet area,” said Joliet Public Schools District 86 Superintendent Dr. Theresa Rouse. “I am especially proud of our District 86 teachers who were honored.”

Combined, these teachers have been in education serving students and families for over 61 years. The teachers will also be recognized at the Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors meeting in March.

Story and photo courtesy of District 86

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