Teacher of the Month Winners


CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Tony Moretti, Special Education Teacher at Haber Oaks Campus in Crystal Lake & JANUARY “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!  Enjoy the attached pictures & the winning letter below!

(l to r) – Letter Writer, Gillian…Teacher, Mr. Moretti…Home State Bank, Crystal Lake Assistant Banking Center Manager, Bobbie Novak…Star 105.5’s Rachel “RaeRae”

Writer: Gillian 
Teacher: Tony Moretti 
Class: Special Education 
Principal/Director: Julie Duncan
Nomination Letter
Mr Moretti is one of those teachers that genuinely want to see you succeed. I was a lost cause, on the verge of dropping out, i was transferred from my original highschool to haber oaks my junior year. Mr Moretti and I made a connection right off the bat. He helped me with all my classes, he helped me mental wise, he helped me find what i really wanted to do with my life. I use to just sit in his class room and silently do my work while he taught his class, he saw I enjoyed the class he was teaching and got me put into it right away. With Mr Morretti helping me day by day, I was able to graduate 6 months early from high school. I was almost a school drop out and then Mr Moretti literally put me back on my feet. Crazy to look back at and see what I accomplished. Because of Mr Moretti, I went to college. He helped me with applying to colleges as well as getting into college. To this day he still helps me with my work. He helps me with my grades and classes, looks over my credits to make sure I’m on the right track, he’s even gotten me a tour of a forensics center as well as a ride along with the department because he knew that’s the major I wanted to go into. I would of never been able to be where I am today with out him being such an amazing teacher.


CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Melanie Meyers, 6th Grade Literature Teacher at Northwood Middle School in Woodstock & DECEMBER 2018 “Teacher of the Month” WINNER from Home State Bank on Star 105.5!  Enjoy the attached pics & winning letter below!

(l to r) – Home State Bank, Woodstock Banking Center Manager, Donna Besler…Teacher, Mrs. Meyers…Student, Anne…Star 105.5’s Rachel “Rae Rae”
Writer: Anne 
Teacher: Melanie Meyers
Class: 6th Grade Literature
School: Northwood Middle School/Woodstock
Principal: Bethany Hall

Nomination Letter
I wanted to nominate Mrs. Melanie Meyers for the kind, fun, teacher she is! She thinks outside the box and makes learning fun in unimaginable ways, she is kind, fun and friendly, while teaching the needed material. For example we have to read so she makes it a book club. I used to dread the idea of middle school, but Mrs Meyers is like the light in the darkness, a thing to look forward to in the day. Some people say these are teacher expectations high expectations, knowledge of curriculum and standards, knowledge of subject matter, passion for children and teaching well, she has all of that. She teaches us new things and helps us discover our passions! She believes in us, encourages us to reach our highest potential, and convinces us that we can do anything we set our minds to. She has a love for reading, writing, and learning. She opens a world of possibility and make learning FUN! She can pretty much do it all! She is not only a teacher, she is a mentor, coach, motivator, supporter, and a friend. She takes pride in the little things her students accomplish and the milestones we make. She has the ability to leave an everlasting impression on so many of their students. She partners with families and communities to ensure every student gets what they need to succeed! She is patient and she cares! Even though every student learns at a different pace, teachers are completely devoted to making sure each one is learning and understanding – and no one is left behind, no matter how long it takes. She knows her students; Northwood is lucky to have her. For these reasons and so many more, I hope Star 105.5 recognizes Mrs. Melanie Meyers for the work she is doing in District 200/Northwood!


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 
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!



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