Welcome to DWR PTA!

2013 – 2014 Region Award Recipients

Outstanding Local Unit- Hadley Junior High

Outstanding Leadership- Jennifer Long, Pleasant Hill PTA & Kathy Luczynski, Fischer Middle School PTSA

Rookie of the Year- Trudie Ranson, Longwood PTA

TEAM PTA - Brookdale PTA

“New Kids on the Block” PTA- Western Trails PTA

1-1 Membership – Madison PTA & Wiesbrook PTA

14 in 14 Membership – McCarty PTA

 DuPage West Region Program Awards

Outstanding Programming – Waubonsie Valley PTA

Honorable Mention Programming – Pleasant Hill PTA

Honorable Mention Programming – Ben Franklin PTA

Outstanding Collaboration – Waubonsie Valley PTA

Outstanding Collaboration –  Mary Lou Cowlishaw PTA

Honorable Mention Collaboration – Nancy Young PTA

Outstanding Community Outreach – Churchill PTA

Honorable Mention Community Outreach- Wiesbrook PTA

Outstanding Innovative Recruitment- Springbrook PTA

Honorable Mention Innovative Recruitment- Wiesbrook PTA

Honorable Mention Innovative Recruitment- Fry PTA

Membership Increase

2% – Welch, Granger, Brooks, Builta, Clow

3% – White Eagle, Neuqua Valley

4% – Wiesbrook, Franklin-Wheaton, Gregory

8% – Springbrook, Madison

12% – Peterson, Benjamin Evergreen

14% – Washington

15% – Metea Valley

16% – Hadley

18% – Steck

24% – Pleasant Hill

26% – Prairie Children Preschool

28% – Carol Stream

33% – Clifford Johnson

52% – Fry

200% – Georgetown

 Illinois PTA Award Recipients

Outstanding Environmental Concerns- Whittier PTA

Honorable Mention- Newsletter- Nancy Young PTA

Outstanding Juvenile Justice- Indian Prairie Parents Council


Presidents Service Award Recipients

(Given upon completion of your term as president)

Four Years Service

Nancy Cooney- Cloverdale PTA

Karen Ostryzniuk- Elsie Johnson PTA

Karen Duncan- Welch PTA

Three Years Service

Amy Teske- Benjamin Evergreen PTA

Vicky Chow- Kendall PTA

Two Years Service

Sherry Needham- Crone PTA

Karen Duncan- Scullen PTA

Tami Reid- Clow PTA

Jennifer Long- Pleasant Hill PTA

Lisa Cunningham- Pleasant Hill PTA

Lori Taylor- Hadley PTA

Liz Vogel- Churchill PTA

Jen Lewis- Forest Glen PTA

Sharon Ick- Ben Franklin PTA

Kellie Herzberg- Graham PTA

Elisha Johnson- White Eagle PTA

Kim Cancio- Gombert PTA

Kris Harvey- Georgetown PTA

Wanda Malone- Brooks & IPSN PTA’s

Barbara Jordan- Brooks PTA

Margaret Moriarty- Edison PTA

Carolyn Scheck- Sandburg PTA

Allison Landstrom- Lowell PTA

Christy Harris- Lowell PTA

Heather Phillips- Stratford PTA

Chantalle Phillips- Carol Stream PTA

Jennifer Vodraska- Heritage Lakes PTA

Laurie Lill- Heritage Lakes PTA

Chelsea DePasquale- Bower PTA

Tammy Domark- Clifford Johnson PTA

Tracey Bustin- Clifford Johnson PTA

One Year Service

Megan Smart- Western Trails PTA

Michelle Bassi- Patterson PTA

Tracie Ongstad- Wiesbrook PTA

Carla Parch- Hubble PTA

Robin Taylor- May Watts PTA

Trudie Ranson- Longwood PTA

Beth Siwicki- Brookdale PTA

Tami Stankoven- Gregory PTA

Susan Booton- Whittier PTA

Elizabeth Kennedy- Jefferson PTA

Jeannine Kannengeiser- Hawthorne PTA

Val Napolitano- Owen PTA

Andrea Sierinski- Prairie Children PTA

Anne Wanzenberg- Longfellow PTA


IL PTA Teacher of the Year

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)


Our next meeting:

Thursday, May 8th at 9:30 am.
Naperville Presbyterian Church
943 Sanctuary Lane, Naperviile, 60540 Lower Level Conference Rm.
9:30 Meet & Greet w/Refreshments
9:45 Brief business meeting
10:00 Officer Transition Q & A
(Tips on the best practices for a strong officer transition)
10:20 Break Out Session
“Why Reinvent the Wheel?”
A round-table discussion and idea sharing time for successful programs, fundraisers and anything else attendees wish to discuss. There will be two groups- one elementary and one middle/high school. A great opportunity to network and gather new ideas for next years programs in your PTA.