Return to Headlines

Those Who Excel nominations due Friday, May 8

It's time to recognize the best and brightest Peoria Public School professionals and volunteers. Nominations for the 2020-2021 Those Who Excel Awards are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 8.

The award categories are:

The Donald M. Phares Classroom Teacher – classroom teachers with five or more years’ experience

Early Career Educator – classroom teachers with 1 – 4 years’ experience


  • Superintendent, Executive Director, Principal, Assistant Principal, Directors or Coordinators

Student Support Personnel (licensed)

  • Media/librarian
  • Guidance counselor
  • School psychologist
  • School Social Worker
  • School Nurse
  • Speech/Language Pathologist

Educational Service Personnel (unlicensed)

  • Bus Driver
  • Crossing Guard
  • Cafeteria Worker
  • Janitor/Custodian
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Aide/Paraprofessional

Community Volunteer

Team – includes any team of staff members and/or volunteers, including grade-level teams; School Leadership Teams; administrative teams or teams of volunteers including PTOs or Adopt-A-School teams.


Go to to download entry forms and nomination guidelines. If you have questions, please email