Yorkville Educational Foundation (YEF) recently held its annual Fostering our Future Awards—a community-wide celebration in recognition of the exemplary achievements by District 115’s employees and supporters. The April 17 event, held at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, drew more than 200 people including community members, business leaders, alumni, donors, district employees, and parents.
The Foundation presented awards in eight categories, including the prestigious “Golden Fox Award,” which honors the District 115 employee of the year. This year, the panel of judges selected Leslie Kressin, third-grade teacher at Circle Center Grade School, for this top honor. Kressin also received the Educator of the Year (Grades EC-6) award. “Leslie’s impressive nomination, which included submissions by her colleagues and parents of her students, had a significant impact on the judges,” said YEF President Alicia Lingane. “The innovation she brings into the classroom, the ways in which she inspires her colleagues, and the passion for education that she fosters in her students distinguished her as a positive role model for all employees.”
Also receiving top awards at the event were: Stephanie Prentice, Circle Center Grade School third-grade teacher, Rookie of the Year Award; Mickey Nauman, Yorkville High School business teacher, Educator of the Year (Grades 7-12) Award; Robin Owens, Grande Reserve Elementary School library paraprofessional, Non-Certified Employee of the Year Award; Josh Slavin, Timeout 4 Kids founder, Partner of the Year Award; Sherri Farley, Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, and Melissa Wojowski, Yorkville High School Field Experience Program coordinator, Project of the Year Award; and Shawn Harris, district parent, Spirit of the Fox Award.
Award details and photos of the event can be viewed on the foundation website at www.yef115.org.
Yorkville Educational Foundation
Since 2017, Yorkville Educational Foundation has invested more than $15,000 in the District 115 community. The Foundation helps bridge the gap between the tax-supported budget and the programs needed to help students succeed. The Foundation prioritizes educational opportunities that focus on equity, innovation, and collaboration for all Yorkville CUSD 115 students and staff. Its all-volunteer Board is comprised of parents, alumni, and business owners invested in the success of the community. To learn more about YEF, visit the foundation’s website at: www.yef115.org.