Welcome to DWR PTA!

A note from our Regional Director, Jean Donovan:

Hello all,

I wanted to share with all of you the exciting news that the IL PTA Teacher of the Year is one of our very own from here in DuPage West Region.  Hadley Junior High teacher Hillary Shumate was the proud recipient of this year’s highest IL PTA teacher honor.

In its nominating submission, the Hadley PTA said it was proposing Ms. Shumate for the award for her “boundless passion for education, her exemplary teamwork skills, and her commitment to growing and improving as an educator.”  The nomination included recommendations from many others, including comments from a past student who described Ms. Shumate as a teacher students always feel they can talk to about any issues in class, trouble they are having with literacy, and someone with many teaching methods at her command to help students no matter what their learning style may be.

A literacy teacher at Hadley since 2002, Ms. Shumate has sponsored student clubs and served on various committees.  She is the founder of POW! (Powerful Outstanding Women!), which is a collaborative effort with the PTA to help Hadley girls reach their true potential.  Several years ago, Ms. Shumate, an animal lover herself helped launch the Animal Helpers Club.  She is the co-chair of the district’s Professional Development Team and a member of the Continuous Improvement Team.

Congratulations to Ms. Shumate for this well deserved honor and special thanks to the Hadley PTA and community for sharing her with all of us.

Best regards,

Jean Donovan


IL PTA Teacher of the Year!  Ms. Hillary Shumate of Hadley Junior High (Pictured here with Hadley PTA President Lori Taylor)

IL PTA Teacher of the Year! Ms. Hillary Shumate of Hadley Junior High (Pictured here with Hadley PTA President Lori Taylor)



  1. Hi!

    Interested in getting further details to being part of the spring appreciation and vendor fair event to be held on April 22nd. My company offers STEM based enrichment programs for elementary school children and we partner with PTA’s at various schools in the Naperville, Lisle, Plainfield, Wheaton, Aurora and East Oswego area.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for your interest. I will send your information to the DWR Director, Jean Donovan.

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