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Franklin Initiative Announces 2019 Educators of the Year Awardees

2019 Franklin Initiative Educator of the Year


Franklin Initiative Announces 2019 Educators of the Year Awardees


The recipients of the 18th Annual Educators of the Year awards were announced today by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce’s Franklin Initiative.


Five MCCSC individuals and an educational program will be honored at the community celebration, which recognizes the top educators and educational programs in accredited schools across Monroe County. The awardees were nominated by their fellow educators, school administration, students and individuals within Monroe County. The awards dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in Shreve Hall on the Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington Campus. 


Since 2001 The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative, along with the business community, has supported excellence in education with Educators of the Year awards ceremony. In addition to four MCCSC educators who will receive an Outstanding Educator Award, Bloomington High School North educator Jean Schick will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding longtime commitment to education.



“We are thrilled to celebrate Jean and all of our outstanding educators this year,” said Erin Predmore, President & C.E.O. of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. “The care and dedication demonstrated by this group of excellent educators has been critical to our community’s success, and we know that each one of them have touched countless lives in their teaching careers.”


The following individuals will be honored with 2019 Outstanding Educator Awards:


Erin Cerwinske, University Elementary School


Rita Knox, Jackson Creek Middle School


Kevin Raney, Bloomington High School South


Matt Wooden, Binford Elementary School


Bloomington-based company Solution Tree will again donate $500 to the school of each Outstanding Educator.  In addition, Solution Tree will pay all expenses for each awardee to attend a Solution Tree Institute, or one of the company’s two-day workshops anywhere in the country.


This year Western Governor’s University (WGU) will be offering $1,000 scholarships or tuition vouchers to each of the Outstanding Educator honorees.  These scholarships and vouchers may be used by the educators for educational opportunities within WGU.


“Solution Tree and WGU are dedicated to education on multiple levels. Their ongoing support of the Educators of the Year Awards helps to not only advance the educational training of our honorees, but to also help awardees – past and present – utilize that training in classrooms and in our community,” said Predmore.  Additional sponsors who support the event include Cook Group, Smithville, Sheldon School Pictures, Markey’s Rental and Staging, German American, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, IU Credit Union, Bunger and Robertson, John Bethell Title, First Financial Bank, Nature’s Way, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County and ROI.  RCV Roofing will be providing a gift to the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree as well. 


The Leading Light Award is given to an innovative program that enhances the education community and serves our county’s young people. This year The Franklin Initiative and The Chamber is honoring the Dementia Friendly Care Partner Development and Apprenticeship Program at Hoosier Hills Career Center with a Leading Light Award.



For more information about The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative, visit  



About The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative

For more than a decade, the Chamber's Franklin Initiative (FI) has helped to facilitate career awareness while helping students develop the skills necessary to succeed in employment or in continuing education. FI programs such as Classroom Speakers, Reality Stores®, and Job Shadowing increase student engagement through real-world connections, as well as provide the critical link between the education and business communities.


About the Monroe County Community School Corporation:

The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) is an Indiana Department of Education “A” Corporation. MCCSC serves nearly 11,000 students from diverse populations in 23 schools. MCCSC is a leader in STEM and EARTH curricula, encompasses a Performing Arts Academy, International Baccalaureate schools, Dual Immersion programs, multiple Career Pathways, a Career Center, as well as numerous College Credit opportunities to prepare students towards college and career readiness. Our commitment, as we educate tomorrow’s leaders, is to Engage, Empower, and Educate all students in a world-class learning environment empowering them to maximize their educational success in becoming productive, responsible global citizens.


Posted 01/30/2019