Teacher of the Month Winners


CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Andrew Hillier, FRENCH Teacher at McHenry Community High School & NOVEMBER “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!  Enjoy the attached pictures & winning letter below!


Pictured:  McHenry Banking Center Manager, Mark Schlagel…Teacher, Mr. Hillier…Student, Megan…Star 105’s DJ Clinto.

Writer: Christine 
Teacher: Mr. Andrew Hillier (pronounced HILL-YER)
Class: French
School: McHenry Community High School
Principal: Jeff Prickett

Nomination Letter
Mr. Hillier is my daughter’s French teacher. He helped her through a tough family matter that occurred last year, when she was a junior. This year, as a senior, she wanted to take French 3 but the only way it would have fit into her busy school schedule would have been for her to take all of her classes at the other campus. Mr. Hillier graciously offered for her to take French 3 during his French 1 class, at “her” campus, as an Independent Study. He did not need to do this, but he is such a caring man, and put that offer out to her. She took him up on it and is now taking all of her senior classes at “her” campus! Mr. Hillier is such a nurturing, kind and devoted man. He truly went above and beyond!


CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Kim Reed, 5th grade Teacher at Conley Elementary School in Algonquin & our OCTOBER “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5! The link to the video nomination is below & picture is attached!

Pictured – (l to r) Brett Berg, Home State Bank Vice President – Director of Marketing…Star 105.5’s DJ Clinto…Video & letter writer, Tessa…Mrs. Kim Reed…Jay Little, Home State Bank Personal Banking Counselor.

VIDEO Nomination
Mrs. Reed is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. She is encouraging and kind and cares for me (and her other students) more than just students. She thinks outside the box and makes learning fun in unimaginable ways. I was her student last year and since now I’m in middle school I am not in the same building as her anymore I thought this was it. But NO! We have stayed in touch and she has encouraged me throughout middle school too! Here is a video about just how awesome Mrs. Reed is!!!


CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Paige Economos, 3rd Grade Teacher at Deer Path Elementary in Cary & SEPTEMBER “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!  Enjoy the winning letter below & a picture is attached!

Pictured:  Students Drew & Spencer, Miss Economos, Home State Bank Representative, Ellen Galloway, & Star 105.5’s, DJ Clinto.

Nomination Letter: 

Our family wanted to nominate Ms Paige Economos for the kind, fun, spunky teacher she is! She is an educator that thinks outside the box. Her focus is growth mindset learning, which we love in our home! You need someone to wear a costume for an assembly? Ask Ms. Economos! You need a server for Culver’s night? Ask Ms. Economos! She is engaged and dedicated to the success of Deer Path Elementary. When my son comes home from school, he tells me how Ms. E teaches the material in an interesting way. Usually he is telling me his day with a British accent because he is learning all sorts of fun accents from his teacher! She is kind, fun and friendly, while teaching the needed material. From a parent’s perspective, I am so grateful that my son has the privilege of being around a teacher who is ‘on his side’. She wants her students to succeed. When you think of an ideal teacher, you would think of Ms. Economos- great communicator, good listener, always has a smile on her face, patient, supportive of our school’s PTO, asks the parents for feedback and genuinely cares about her class. Each student has different needs and Ms. E meets those needs, professionally and privately. My son needs a standing desk and other materials to stay focused during the school day. She had already read his notes and had everything ready to go at ‘back to school’ night. She knows her students; Deer Path is lucky to have her. For these reasons and so many more, we hope Star 105.5 recognizes Paige Economos for the work she is doing in District 26!

Thank you to Home State Bank and Star 105.5 for giving parents and students this platform to recognize exceptional teachers!


CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Nick Watson, STEM Coach at Parkland School in McHenry!

A lot of thought goes into the MONTH winners, but it takes a teacher like Mr. Watson for TEACHER OF THE YEAR!  Mr. Watson goes above & beyond by not only changing his student’s lives, but the lives of their parents & his co-workers too for many years to come!

CONGRATULATIONS to our TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2017-2018, Mr. Nick Watson, STEM Coach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at Parkland School in McHenry & most recently, DECEMBER “Teacher of the Month” WINNER, from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!

Star 105.5’s DJ Clinto…Home State Bank’s Diane Susong… Home State Bank’s Mark Schlagel…Teacher Mr. Nick Watson…Home State Bank’s Lori Straub…Home State Bank’s Brett Berg



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