The 2017-2018 ‘Favorite Teachers’ List As Chosen By You, The Community

Freeport, Illinois — It is probably not very surprising to hear that a lot of teachers go without recognition. Year after year they teach our children, worry about our children, get up early and stay up late to plan lessons for our children, all with very few thank you’s in between. Some teachers even spend their own hard earned money on our children.

Because of that, we asked our viewers to list the name of a teacher they (or their children) really like this 2017-2018 school year. The response of appreciation received from you towards our teachers was frankly, rather impressive and quite heartwarming.

To preface this, please understand we did not survey every home in Freeport. This wasn’t the teacher ‘love census’, it was just a fun question we proposed to our 14,000 followers in order to give our local area teachers a shout out. There are probably many well deserving teachers that did not make this list.

That said, this list is in no way set in stone. If you, the public, notice you missed a teacher, just add them in a comment and we’ll be happy to add them to this list below.

Additionally, we left in duplicate names and many of the comments that went along with the teacher name added. A number of area teachers responded with ‘thank you’s’ of their own as well, which are not part of the list below (but should also be known). They appreciate you too.

Drum roll please, here are your….

2017-2018 – Community Chosen Favorite Area Teachers 

  • Jennifer Angelilli
  • Kyle Getz
  • Nikki Wheeler
  • Devin Not-so Standard
  • Jennifer Casazza Heilman
  • Janet Cook Tomita
  • Mark Morrison
  • It would definitely be Mrs. Linda Krawczyk!!
  • Miss Lutz at Lincoln Douglas my son loves her he’s always so excited for school.
  • Katie Lutz
  • Diane Regan EVERY YEAR!!!!
  • Tiffany Whitmore
  • Not fair!!! There to many to list. They all do a wonderful job and they all should be praised!
  • Derrick Allen
  • Linsey McDanel
  • Tim Connors
  • Lynn Sands-Jankiewicz
  • Jennifer Slater
  • Hannah Maurer
  • Esther Paspula
  • Tina Schuster
  • Linda Runkle
  • Tonya Kaiser
  • Lisa Bardell and More
  • Love Open Bible and all the teachers!
  • Michelle Lutz Luy
  • Liz Lillge!
  • Carole Michael ?
  • Laurie Lafferty
  • All FMS Staff!! If I had to choose one though, it would definitely be Mrs. Krawczyk. She has changed my family’s life and I am truly grateful. Thank you!!
  • Brandy Harnish Hartman
  • Ashley Krusey
  • Mrs. Devries!!! Open Bible!!!
  • Maria DeCastris Hardy hands down the best!! i wish she taught more than kindergarten
  • Laura Elizabeth!
  • Susan Elvert-Lawfer
  • Dan Blackbourn
  • Kyle Marcum
  • Miss Webster
  • Chandler Davenport!
  • Perry DeGraw
  • Kelly Everding
  • Jon Beach
  • Amy Fowler Lamm
  • Kyle Marcum.
  • Aaron Sterchi
  • Michelle Veitch #aquincatholicschools
  • Christine Lynn
  • Michelle Pope Dorty
  • Darla Reifsteck
  • Nikki Wheeler
  • Jon Beach
  • Anthony Dedmond
  • Danita Marie
  • Katie Miner Batease
  • Unfortunately, some of the best teachers are now retired, moved on or no longer with us. George Buss, Darla VanBuskirk, and Bonnie Waldron.
  • Mr. Sterchi
  • Laura Elizabeth at JFMS
  • Jon Beach at FMS, my 7th grader really enjoys him as a teacher and Jessie Diduch at FMS.
  • Anna Bose Nesbitt
  • LuAnne LeMar Beintema
  • Lafrancine Baker and Julie Nieman
  • Tonya Kaiser at Open Bible- she’s absolutely wonderful!
  • Julius LaGrone at Carl Sandburg Middle School – he goes above and beyond to form a positive relationship with his students
  • Rosalyn Rudy
  • Tammy Kromm and Laura Stocker
  • Diane Regan
  • Laurie Hemesath, first grade at Open Bible
  • Julie Hunziker Empire Elementary
  • Kyle Marcum and Dan blackbourn
  • Linsey McDanel
  • Jennifer Elizabeth Slater
  • Laura Elizabeth Wilson
  • Brandy Harnish Hartman – love all of Jones Farrar Magnet School teachers.
  • Ms. Korte! 1st grade. Empire school
  • Ms. Haymond Center school
  • Ms. Engelbrech Center
  • Ms. Downing. Center
  • Ms. Schumaker. Center
  • Mr. Bangasser. Center
  • Don’t forget music teacher. Kelli Shuey
  • I like Jon Beach and Joel Tuten at FMS
  • Mr. Smith and Mrs. Laura at Blackhawk!!!
  • BK Lamm
  • Maria DeCastris Hardy
  • Kim Confer
  • Ashley Mathews
  • Michelle Vanek
  • Kim Girouard
  • Cheryl Erving
  • Nikki Renee
  • Morgan Johnson
  • Danita Marie
  • Anna Bose Nesbitt
  • Tracy Miller Volk
  • Monica Pleshkewych
  • Beth Vaccaro
  • Kyle Getz and so many more!!
  • Kyle Marcum
  • Dan blackbourn
  • Penny Molter Julius
  • Suzi Kubatzke Meyerhofer
  • Me O’Neal
  • Mrs Batease from Blackhawk
  • I have to say the teachers at NICAA Head Start, most have been there for a long time and they go above and beyond for the kids.
  • Danita Marie, Anna Bose Nesbitt, Tim Connors hands down are the best 3 still teaching!!
  • Mrs. Sample
  • Omg! I forgot to tag Marshell Davis and Kayme Mathews, as well as Lydia Steinhauser. Best preschool teachers EVER.
  • Kyle Marcum and Jeannie Dickman
  • Tammy Kromm, Nicole Wall at JFMS
  • Jon Beach…damn good teacher..knows how to communicate with his students on their level..very caring and passionate on the job that he does!!! Thumbs up john!!! 10..10..10..perfect score!
  • Mrs Erica Berchtold!!!! High school 98
  • Jon Beach, Jesse Diduch at FMS
  • Tammy Kromm, awesome teacher and mom
  • Mrs. Tell at Blackhawk Elementary! She’s very patient with her class, and shows love! Even when my grandson doesn’t get his way he’ll say, “ I like Mrs. Tell, and she’s pretty!”
  • Katie Johnson 3rd grade empire my daughter loves her but she also loved mrs.korte, mrs.truckenmiller, and mrs.jacobs all at empire school 🙂
  • All the teachers at the freeport alternative high school they are amazing
  • Larry Seiple for sure
  • Janet Cook Tomita
  • Aaron Sterchi!!
  • Kayme Mathews
  • My son loves mrs love
  • Heather Anderson.
  • Julie Maurer
  • Jennifer Elizabeth
  • Jennifer Elizabeth Maurer & Hannah Maurer (Lena)
  • Jennifer Elizabeth Slater…sorry old habbit.
  • Mrs Stodden.
  • Mrs. Mathews at Taylor Park! My son just loves being in her class. She goes above and beyond for her students!
  • Ashley Mathews
    • You brought my son out of his shell! And you have been an amazing person for trying to do what you can until I can get mark in surgery! I am forever grateful!
  • Tim Conners
  • Shout out to an old teacher gone from teaching, but have no idea where he is or went or even still around, John Doolittle. Was My Government class teacher, had to take his class twice, but thankful for a small talk ill never forget, “Your going to want to know the constitution and your Rights, you may need them someday down the line” . and I have.
  • Mr. B, and Mrs. McCullough and mrs. McNeil PRE-K teachers! at Empire school love them!
  • Tammy Kromm
  • Linda Krawczyk at Freeport Middle School!
  • We love Lannie Lehman from Carl Sandburg.
  • My daughter loves Ms.Wilson at JFMS and we love all the teachers at JFMS. Shout out to Amity Learning Center staff too. 🙂
  • Without any doubt… Kelly Everding
  • I want to shout out all the teachers @ Amity Learning Center we do our jobs no matter what Candi Heitkam Evorie Pruitt Erika Aho Kathi Orth Gemmell NiNo Vilces Cheri Bower Karrie Smith Melissa Spaulding Lannea Bear Jordy Carroll Jessica Alvarez Alan Powe Taneisha Randle Debra Lampe April Huenefeld Reed Priscilla Mclin Ashley Harmsbig shout outs!!!!!
  • Mr. Taylor at Lincoln Douglas thank u for all you do
  • Mrs Dickman and Ms Korte at Empire.
  • Tammy jungles tri county christian school
  • Jill Larson-Domino
  • Derrick Allen
  • Linsey McDanel
  • Kristi Coon
  • Lisa Corp
  • Lori DeVries
  • Jennifer Elizabeth
  • Hannah Maurer
  • Michelle Lutz Luy
  • Tonya Kaiser
  • Tiff Anie
  • Michelle Lutz Luyy
  • Mrs. Teske, Pearl City 3rd grade
  • Mandy Hofmaster!!!!!!
  • Mrs. Wall at Jones Farrar
  • Mandy Hofmaster!!!!! Extremely passionate about her role and students!!
  • Mrs ShaNeka Collier Mrs Aikeley. These are two teachers who have passion for their jobs actually care for the students and their well being and want the kids to succeed and be the best that they can! They take pride in what they do and they make an amazing difference in the kids life each and every day! Love them!! Thanks for being there!
  • Mr. Taylor at Lincoln Douglas!
  • Jessica Carlson Freeport Middle School
  • Ms. Batease my son loves her!!
  • Mrs. Willams at Center school. She is Awesome!!
  • I learned a lot from my principal Evelynn Demeier (sp)? Also Lynn Ivie. Both from Lincoln School. And of course George Buss and Roy Merrill at FHS.
  • Jim Bangasser, for the better part of 22 years, and I still continue to learn more with every passing year.
  • Brandy Harnish Hartman the only one I know in Freeport now

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