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Duneland School Board honors four staff standouts

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The Duneland School Board recognized four award-winning staff members at its meeting Monday night.

Amanda Fronczak, kindergarten teacher at Jackson Elementary, and Christine Bullock, Social Studies teacher at Chesterton Middle School, were recognized as teachers of the year. Fronczak and Bullock were presented with plaques and will be the Duneland Schools nominees for the 2018 Indiana teacher of the year program.

Lynn Kwilasz, Duneland Schools chief financial officer, was recognized for being named Indiana School Business Official of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASB). Bernie Stento, physical education teacher at Chesterton High School, was recognized for receiving the 2018 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year award. Stento won $2,500 for the CHS athletic department as part of the prize.

School Board President John Marshall thanked and said a few things about each staff member. He said Fronczak does a “wonderful” job of commanding her class, and added, “You don’t have to be a student or a parent, you just have to be in her classroom to see how special she is.” Regarding Bullock, Marshall pointed out that she was reluctant to stand in the front of the room at the meeting. “She didn’t want to come up here. You can’t meet anybody more humble than Christine Bullock.” Marshall said everyone at IASB conferences understands why Duneland is in such good financial shape when they find out Duneland has Kwilasz, and he noted that other school systems aspire to the way Stento runs the athletic training department.

Fronczak said she feels blessed to be at Duneland. “People say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to raise a teacher. Duneland has been my village.” Bullock, for her part, asked her coworkers to stand up and made a long list of people who she said deserve more recognition, including Linda Esserman, a transportation dispatcher who was recognized as Duneland School Corporation Employee of the Year at the annual retirement reception last month. She emphasized that everyone should give back and say thank you to one another more. “I love my job. It’s not easy, but I love it,” she said. “There are days where I hit my head against the wall and wonder if I did it right.”


Posted 6/7/2018




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