|2013 IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE|
Superintendent of the Year Award
Kelly Stewart, district superintendent at Benton CHSD 103, was honored Saturday during the second general session of the Conference as 2014 Illinois Superintendent of the Year.
Chosen annually by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), the award for this year was presented Nov. 23 in Chicago. As the Illinois winner, Stewart is eligible for the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the National Association of School Administrators.
Stewart, an educator for 30 years, has spent the past 12 years as superintendent of the Benton district. She said her main goals in life have been to make a difference and to make her parents proud of her.
“This honor is the ultimate pat on the back for a job well done and the fact that it comes from my peers gives it great significance. While I am humbled to be the one to hold the title, it represents all of us that work tirelessly for the children of Illinois daily.”
Steward said she believe superintendents are unsung heroes, and “there’s no one I would rather be in a foxhole with than my fellow superintendents.”
IASA President Steve Webb introduced Stewart by saying she has accomplished much in the Benton district since becoming superintendent in 2001, including: implementing a READ 180 program that greatly improved reading capabilities of some students by providing them with 90 minutes of reading instruction daily; upgrading and remodeling the district’s 40-year-old buildings to make them safer, more comfortable and to equip them with state of the art technology; offering more dual-credit classes than ever before; and providing financial stability through innovative leadership.
The granddaughter of Russian immigrants who had limited education, Stewart said she credited the education she received at Benton High School for her career opportunities, and for being a great equalizer in her family.
“It is also important to note that it has been an honor to work with the school board members and presidents, past and present in my own district: thanks to you all,” Stewart said.
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