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Lead Teacher Mentor

Mary Ellen Daneels is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught at West Chicago Community High School for 27 years. She has been recognized as the Law-related Educator of the Year from the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, Teacher of the Year by the 19th District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Civic Education Teacher from the Center for Civic Education. Mary Ellen has presented on service learning, simulations, and the use of controversy in the classroom at the local, state, and national level as well as provided professional development workshops in Estonia, Angola, and Belarus. A member of the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, Mary Ellen has advocated for civic education before federal and state lawmakers. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of the Social Studies and worked on a task force to revise Social Studies standards in the state of Illinois.

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Can't attend a regional training? Mary Ellen Daneels is organizing professional development sessions that can be scheduled at your convenience during the 2018-19 school year. Download a list of workshops and instructions for scheduling.

Mentor for Administrators

Dustin Day is currently the superintendent of Waverly Community School District #6. He also serves on the Illinois Principals Association Legislative Committee, is a member of the Creative Entrepreneur Opportunity Program, University of Illinois Advisory Board and University of Illinois at Springfield Council of Professional Education. He served as an advocate for civic education when appointed by the Governor to review and implement new policy changes to the Illinois Civic Education requirements.

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