West Chicago Elementary School District 33 school leader named 2018 Illinois Elementary Principal of the Year


Pioneer School Principal Gloria Trejo was named 2018 Illinois Elementary Principal of the Year Thursday, February 15, 2018.

The award, given by Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), recognizes elementary school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community.

Representatives of Horace Mann and IPA, as well as District 33 administrators surprised Trejo with the news in the school’s gym. Students and staff gathered to congratulate Trejo with loud applause and heartfelt hugs.

“I am very honored, to say the least, to have been chosen as the Elementary Principal of the Year for Illinois because it's such an honor to be recognized in a job that I so passionately enjoy. However, I cannot receive an award without recognizing my Pioneer staff, teachers, colleagues and families. I attribute many of my successes to the Pioneer staff, who works very hard on a daily basis to provide the best education to our students while establishing strong relationships with students and families. I am proud of the work that has been done at Pioneer School and to receive this honor I feel like WE did this collaboratively and it is wonderful to be recognized for the hard work and effort” stated Trejo.

Trejo has been a member of the Illinois Principals Association for ten years. She is also active with the national Association of Latino Administrators, Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents as a board member (2015-2017) and was named 2017 ALAS Latino Administrator of the Year. During her tenure as a school leader, Ms. Trejo has presented at educational conferences on the topics of student achievement and engagement, bilingual education, and dual language programs. Trejo has also worked directly with Dr. Jose Enriquez, national founder of "Latinos in Action" (Utah), to develop the student leadership organization into Leman Middle School. "Latinos in Action", is a program that operates as a year-long course taught by a highly qualified teacher at the middle school with the goal of empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness.

"I truly believe that Gloria is a great representative of all the wonderful principals that we have in our state," said Dr. Charles Johns, Superintendent of West Chicago Elementary District 33. "She is committed to the success of her school and community and builds the relationships that are needed to achieve those results. Our district and state have already grown from her passion, her insights, skill and vast knowledge."

The Elementary School Principal of the Year winner was selected from a pool of region nominees provided by the 21 Regions of the Illinois Principals Association. Gloria Trejo will be recognized at the IPA’s annual Education Leaders Fall Conference in October 2018 and will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

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