Best of the Nest Awards

Best of the Nest Award Winners

Mrs. Diane Padilla - Spring 2022

​Mrs. Diane Padilla - We are proud to announce the certified “Best of Nest” award to a staff member that has gone above and beyond in her professional practice.  Mrs. Almasi writes, “Mrs. Padilla is a bright light in the Oak Grove community. She genuinely cares for her students, consistently advocating for what is best for them in the classroom and in life. Students in Mrs. Padilla's class know that their individual needs are important and that she values the differences that make them unique. She is supportive of her colleagues, always willing to share and learn as part of a team.  Mrs. Padilla is always on board with new initiatives and looking to participate in making Oak Grove the best school it can be. She has participated as part of the SIP team in creating our School Improvement Plan and is participating in the math pilot this year. Di has committed a great amount of time to learning and mastering the new curriculum, even spending time over the summer attending professional development and studying the materials. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Padilla at Oak Grove and she is fully deserving of the Best of the Nest award!” The administration is proud to present the Spring 2022 Certified Staff “Best of the Nest” designation to Mrs. Di Padilla. The Board of Education congratulated Mrs. Padilla and thanked her for her service to the District!

Mrs. Diane Padilla - Spring 2022

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Mrs. Sherry Stobaugh - Spring 2021

​Mrs. Stobaugh - Mrs. Sherry Stobaugh was announced as the 2020 Oak Grove support staff “Best of theNest” award recipient. This is the inaugural award for the support staff. Since the implementation of the stay-at-home order in March of 2020, Mrs. Stobaugh has taken on the additional responsibilities of State reporting. From attendance, busing, assisting teachers with grades, and coordination of it all within the Student Information System (SIS), Sherry has been excellent. There is no job that Mrs. Stobaugh can’t handle, if she doesn’t know, she will find out. She is a great asset to Oak Grove and we are all thankful for her dedicated work as well as her caring heart! Dr. Baele informed the Board that the administration will select another “Best of the Nest” staff member in the Spring 2022 for the 2021 year. The Board of Education congratulated Mrs. Stobaugh and thanked her for her service to the District!

Ms. Kelly Sams - Fall 2020

Ms. Sams - This Fall, the "Best of the Nest" award goes to Ms. Kelly Sams. Mrs. Almasi wrote, “Ms. Sams has been working really hard with remote learning, bending over backwards to make connections with students and offering her own time to make sure kids have the opportunity to learn. She connects with kids here in school, even those not in her homeroom, to make sure they keep up on their work and has provided accommodations to help kids who have struggled to stay organized with the format of virtual assignments. She attended professional development over the summer to prepare for remote learning, and has stepped out of her comfort zone in many ways to make sure kids are learning this year.” Congratulations Ms. Sams for your outstanding efforts to make Oak Grove School the very best!

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Mrs. Whitney Heflin - Spring 2020

Mrs. Heflin -  It is a great honor to announce the Spring 2020 “Best of the Nest” award goes to Mrs. Whitney Heflin.  Mrs. Heflin worked to build an inclusive environment at Oak Grove during the 2019-20 school year as the Student Council sponsor.  She built ownership and responsibility for students at Oak Grove through student representation, including the incorporation of a student developed and managed coffee and drink cart.  The Student Council was also instrumental in raising $2,586 dollars for Easter Seals.  Additionally, Mrs. Heflin advocates for her students and tirelessly plans and implements lessons that seek to educate the whole child. Mrs. Heflin is pictured with Dr. Loren Baele, the award was announced at the October 28th, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  Congratulations Whitney!

Ms. Roxy Sego - Fall 2019

Ms. Sego - The administration is proud to announce the inaugural “Best of Nest” award to a staff member that has gone above and beyond in her professional practice.   It is a great honor to announce that the first ever “Best of the Nest” award goes to Ms. Roxy Sego.  This fall, Ms. Sego provided NWEA MAP training to her fellow teachers and continues to provide valuable support as we continue the assessment cycle. The initial results are encouraging, and we have more teachers looking at data than ever before. She has presented at the Peoria County Institute in September and the Raising Student Achievement conference in December, involving her fellow teachers and her class as part of her presentation on mystery hangouts.  It is an absolute joy to observe her in her classes. The administration is proud to present the Fall 2019 “Best of the Nest” designation to Ms. Roxy Sego. We wish her continued success throughout the rest of the year. Ms. Sego is pictured with Dr. Loren Baele, the award was announced at the January 22nd, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  Congrats Roxy!

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