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Andrea Palmer Receives the A+ Award

Reported by clayton_urbanick@ipsd.org on 5/2/17

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation and District 204 honored Andrea Palmer, a 7th-grade teacher at Still Middle School, as the April A+ Award recipient.

You can watch the A+ Award team’s surprise visit to recognize Palmer for “Making a Difference” at A+ Award video.

Parent Laura Kahlfeldt nominated Palmer, calling her the “perfect combination” of what it takes to make an outstanding educator.

“Mrs. Palmer looks beyond the obvious,” Kahlfeldt said. “She finds unique qualities about her students that are hidden under the surface and then makes connections with them. She understands the individual strengths and weaknesses among her students and is well deserving of the A+ Award.”

Palmer has been an educator for 21 years. This is her 17th year in District 204. She taught at Nancy Young Elementary before moving to Still Middle School three years ago.

When asked why she chose to be a teacher she said she’s always been passionate about kids and the chance to make connections that make the difference.

“Number one you have to get to know them as people,” Palmer said. “If you do that you earn their respect and they will perform for you in the classroom. It may take a few cartwheels and silly stuff, but it all works.”

Wells Fargo Advisors are partnering with IPEF and District 204 to help recognize one staff member each month for making a difference for students. To celebrate these outstanding staff members, Wells Fargo Advisors is donating $500 for the staff member to use in his or her school.

Today is the last day to make an A+ nomination for the 2016-17 school year. One final award will be handed out later this month. You can submit your nomination today at A+ Award.

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