Partnership Awards

The Partnership Awards are annual honors to recognize the many teachers and staff who create such a wonderful learning environment for our students. Teachers and support staff can be nominated by community members, students, parents, and colleagues.

The award recipients are selected by committee through a nomination process. Awards are divided to represent staffing: two from early childhood/elementary teachers, two from secondary teachers, two from retired staff members, and two current support staff. All current and past employees of Independent School District 834 are eligible for nomination. Each Partnership Award recipient designates a $1,000 grant from The Partnership Plan to the building of his or her choice.

Nominations for the 2016-17 Partnership Awards are now closed.

Use the form below to submit a nomination for the 2017-18 Partnership Awards. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2018. Each nomination must be accompanied by letters of support from at least two other individuals.

Make a nomination

Previous Honorees


The Partnership Plan is delighted to announce the 2015-16 winners of The Partnership Awards.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  Jean Marie Ulland (Oak Park) and Holly Yehlik (Rutherford).

SECONDARY SCHOOL:  Nancy Bader (SAHS) and Julie Vanderstappen (OLJHS).

RETIRED TEACHERS:  Jane Dickinson and Mary Jo Tein.

SUPPORT STAFF:  Julie Balfanz (SJHS) and Deb Krongard (Andersen).

Partnership Awards 2015-16(2)

Front row, from left, Holly Yehlik, Deb Krongard, and Mary Jo Tein. Back row, from left, Nancy Bader, Julie Vanderstappen, Jane Dickinson and Jean Marie Ulland. Missing: Julie Balfanz.