Welcome to the ILSTOY website. ILSTOY is a a professional organization of Illinois Teachers of the Year and Finalists named through the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Program.
Mission: The Illinois State Teachers of the Year and Finalists, having been recognized as representing the best practices and dispositions in teaching, will use their collective voice to impact students’ learning and the teaching profession. Toward these ends, ILSTOY will actively take a leading role to involve teachers in making decisions about educational policy, advocacy, and practice in classrooms, schools, districts, communities, and in state, national and global arenas.
Please review our website for information about teacher leadership among our members and throughout Illinois.
Congratulations ILSTOY team (Rebecca Wattleworth, Jennifer Smith, Jacob Carlson, Virginia Valdez, Joe Fatheree and Lynn Gaddis) for being named one of twelve national finalists in the Agents for Learning Press Release to make recommendations for states’ ESSA plan.
2016 Illinois State Teacher of the Year Finalists:
- Candice Cortese
- Valerie Gabriel
- Sheila Grant
- Becky Merrill
- Pam Phelps
- Paul Rausch
- Kim Thomas
- Pam Wanderson
- Diane Washburn
- Jennifer Woodrow