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Teacher & Employee of the Year

2022-2023 Winners

Elementary Teacher of the Year - Kathleen Lucht

Mrs. Lucht's School Photo

Kathleen Lucht teaches first grade at Eisenhower Elementary and has 34 years of service in Crown Point Schools.

“Mrs. Lucht loves her students! I appreciate that she treats each child as an individual and celebrates their successes. She has fun in her classroom and with her students. My son loves his teacher and wants to do his best thanks to the loving learning environment she creates!” said Katie Natt, a parent of an Eisenhower student.

"Her positive attitude, student-centered approach, and collaborative nature have resulted in a plethora of student successes throughout our school and school district. Kathleen builds long lasting and trusting relationships with parents and families. She provides meaningful opportunities for them to take part in and be a voice in their child's education,” Calli Dado, Eisenhower principal, said

Finalists for Elementary Teacher of the Year:

  • Shannon Carroll, Lake St. 

  • Christina Curtis, MacArthur 

  • Elizabeth Ewen, Solon

  • Maryann Howarth, Timothy Ball

  • Beth Morey, Winfield

  • Reena Foster, Jerry Ross

  • Andrea Avila, Learning Center

Secondary Teacher of the Year - Jill Vagner

Mrs. Vagner's school photo

 Jill Vagner is a seventh grade teacher at Col. Wheeler Middle School with 17 years of service in Crown Point Schools. She is a school leader in many positions including School Improvement Team, Builders Club, Science Department PLC Leader, MTSS Leader, Instructional Leadership Team, Coffee and Chatter Club, Spirit Club, as well as a variety of community outreach activities.

“Mrs. Vagner is a tireless worker who ALWAYS puts students first. She is a team player who collaborates with colleagues, administrators, and extracurricular staff on a regular basis. She is an active instructional-leader from our seventh grade science team who has pioneered many initiatives over her tenure,” principal Jacob Rodriguez said.

Finalists for Secondary Teacher of the Year:

  • Rachele Raloff, Crown Point High School

  • Mary Jones, Taft Middle School

Employee of the Year - Chantel Pierce

Chantel pictured (center) with Art and Laura

Chantel Pierce is the Benefits Coordinator for Crown Point Community School Corporation. She was previously the district’s data specialist. Her positive attitude and willingness to help others is evident in her work each day.

“Chantel has continued year after year to help support CPCSC in the growth and expansion of the corporation. She has supported the staff with her ongoing commitment to her new roles,” Shaun Dunn, CPCSC employee, said.

Finalists for Employee of the Year:

  • Laura Renicker, Paraprofessional

  • Art Samano, K-8 Custodial Supervisor

Administrator of the Year - Annie Lorek

Annie Lorek pictured with her family at board meeting, receiving flowers and certificate

Annie Lorek is an Assistant Principal at Crown Point High School and has 17 years of service at Crown Point Schools. She is a former Teacher of the Year. In her role as assistant principal, Annie continues to focus on supporting students - specifically how staff can connect with students in a large setting like CPHS. She leads professional development opportunities at the high school and is an integral part of the administrative team.

“Annie goes above and beyond to help students and teachers succeed. It's clear by every action, every day that she cares so much about making our school a better place,” Lisa Keene, CPHS teacher, said.

Previous Winners

Mike Carnahan Spirit of a Bulldog Award

This special award recognizes an employee whose years of service leaves a long-lasting impact on students and the school community. Read more about CPCSC's Mike Carnahan Spirit of a Bulldog Award.