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April 4, 2013

District 118 to honor 4 teachers

DANVILLE — Four District 118 teachers will be honored next week during an evening of song and dance.

The Danville Public School Foundation will sponsor the sixth annual An Evening of Singing and Dancing and the presentation of the Dr. David L. Fields Outstanding Teacher Awards, which starts at 7 p.m. April 12 in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School.

The event celebrates excellence in teaching and spotlights the musical talent of the show choirs from North Ridge and South View middle schools and DHS. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer will be the master of ceremonies.

“The event was developed as a venue where teachers who win an excellence in teaching award can be recognized and, at the same time, to highlight the show choirs,” said Bob Richard, executive director of the Danville Public School Foundation.

“It’s surprising how many people haven’t heard these talented kids perform,” he said. “For $5 admission you are not going to get better family entertainment.

“All proceeds from the event go to the Danville Public School Foundation and the programs it supports, Richard said.

Performing that night will be the North Ridge Radiant Reds and Redcoats coached by David and Jennifer Woodrow, South View’s Encore directed by Brenna See and DHS’ Contemporaries and Delegation directed by Kassy Krause.

District 118 show choirs have been perennial winners in competitions across the Midwest for many years, and this year is no exception. Vocal quality, originality and choreography are the hallmarks of all five groups.

The event also honors teachers with an award named after former superintendent Fields, who served District 118 for 41 years before retiring in 2001.

“We encourage the principals at each of the schools to nominate a teacher,” Superintendent Mark Denman said.

A committee reviews the nominations — based on student success, collaboration, continued learning and leadership — and selects a winner from the high school, one of the middle schools and one or two elementary schools.

The winning teachers each receive a $500 personal honorarium from the foundation and an additional $500 stipend from District 118 to be used for classroom instruction and supplies.

Richard said the foundation also gives each winning teacher a paperweight with his or her name engraved on it and a framed certificate.

The teachers who will receive the 2013 David L. Fields Outstanding Teacher Awards are:

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