Lynn Trautmann  Submitted photo

Each year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honors exemplary teachers, administrators, staff community volunteers, board members and teams from school districts across the state. Six staff members from Evanston Township High School (ETHS) received recognition from the ISBE’s “Those Who Excel” recognition program this year. 

In the category of Student Support Personnel, Channing Akinrinade received an Award of Excellence. As a speech and language therapist, Ms. Akinrinade continually works to find the unique strengths of each student she assists to understand their own impediments, work to overcome them and develop a positive outlook about school.

As an ETHS special education teacher, Jennifer Baker received an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher category. During the past 18 years, she has developed expertise in areas such as the Illinois Learning Standards, co-teaching skills, differentiated instruction and the use of technology in the classroom.  

In the Team category, Matthew Kaiser and Maryjoy Heineman received an Award of Merit for their work with the ETHS Geometry in Construction course, which has demonstrated the power of applied learning as students gain hands-on experience in learning how to build houses. 

In the category of Educational Service Personnel, William Jenkins, Jr. received an Award of Recognition. As a Media Specialist in the ETHS Instructional and Informational Technology Department, his expertise, creativity and initiative in his field are valued among colleagues and students alike.

Lynn Trautmann, a freelance photographer (including for the RoundTable) and a former ETHS parent, received an Award of Recognition from ETHS in the Community Volunteer category. “She epitomizes parent volunteerism by capturing ETHS’s Wildkit spirit through images of the school’s multiculturally diverse students, parents, fans and community members,” said ETHS in a prepared statement.