Star Award

The Plano School District will host its eighth annual “Salute to Service” awards ceremony on Monday, May 1 at 6 PM.  The ceremony will honor Plano Premier Award recipients, ISBE “Those Who Excel” winners, retirees and service award achievements.  This grand celebration will be held in the Auditorium at Plano High School.  The community, family, friends and past and present students are invited to attend and congratulate these staff members and enjoy a dessert reception following the ceremony. 


Heartfelt congratulations to the following recipients of the 2023 Plano Premier Awards; over 100 staff members were nominated:

  • PK-6 Teacher - Eduardo Perez  Kindergarten Dual Language Teacher, PH Miller School
  • PK-6 Teacher - Carolyn Olson  4th grade Teacher, Emily G Johns School
  • PK-6 Early Career Educator - Jimena Moreno  5th Grade Dual Language Teacher, Emily G Johns School
  • PK-6 Educational Service Personnel - Sheri Heller  Preschool Instructional Aide, PH Miller School
  • PK-6 Student Support Personnel - Sarah Nourzad  Social Worker, Centennial School
  • PK-6 Team - Office Team  Brenda Albright & Penny Weiland, Centennial School
  • PK-6 Administrator - Luke Baughman  Principal, Emily G. Johns School
  • 7-12 Teacher - Joe Kampf  Technology & Engineering Teacher, Plano High School
  • 7-12 Early Career Educator - Madelyn Conroy  7th Grade English/History Teacher, Plano Middle School
  • 7-12 Educational Service Personnel - Dwayne Love  PBIS Instructional Aide/Coach, Plano High School
  • 7-12 Student Support Personnel - Amy Freeman  Media Center Director, Plano Middle School
  • 7-12 Team - Office Team  Denise Barbosa, Anne Hamblin, Paola Hayes, Sarah Martinez & Elia Vazquez, Plano High School
  • 7-12 Administrator - Brennan Denny  Assistant Principal, Plano High School
  • District Educational Service Personnel - Jen Dieter  Assistant Transportation Coordinator
  • District Student Support Personnel - TJ Wade  Speech Pathologist
  • District Administrator - Amy Lee  Director, Plano Area Special Education Cooperative
  • District Team - Technology Team  Jose Jimenez, Dustin Kantorski, Caleb Moody, Savanna Mussa & Ben Weinmann
  • Community Award - Carl Snider  Crossing Guard, City of Plano


2022 ISBE “Those Who Excel” Winners

Excellence – Plano School District Health Services Team (Team) & Robert Hausler (Community Volunteer)

Meritorious Service – Nicole Kulbartz (Teacher), Claire Landsteiner (Early Career Educator), Gail Luna (Educational Service Personnel), Nicole Ciesla (Student Support Personnel) & Dan Solecki (Administrator)


2023 ISBE “Those Who Excel” Winners

Excellence – Brennan Denny (Administrator)

Meritorious Service – Emily Holmstrom (Teacher), Jimena Moreno & Delaney Rogers (Early Career Educators), Anne Hamblin (Educational Service Personnel), Sarah Nourzad (Student Support Personnel) & PHS Transition Team (Team)

Special Recognition – Mark Parris (Community Volunteer)



The following retirees will be recognized during the “Salute to Service” ceremony:

  • Cindy Heath – Secretary, P.H. Miller School (1994-2023)
  • Deanna Bazan – Elementary Teacher, Plano School District & Kendall County Outdoor Education Center (1990-2023)
  • Melinda Wegener – Business/Computer Teacher, Plano High School (1998-2023)
  • “Miss Vicki” Kern – Assistant Cook/Bus Driver (2005-2023)



Last, but certainly not least, the following staff members will celebrate milestone years of service awards and will receive pins and certificates:

10 Years – Sheri Heller, Emily Les, Ryan McNamara, Mike Zeman, Courtney Baker, Amy Hendershott, Colleen Jones, Kyle Kee, Kelly Klingberg, Kelsey Lavery, Theresa Byelick, Susan Chapman & Jessica (Dellorto) Johnson

15 Years – Renee McKirgan, Kara Lay, Mario Serra, Brett Spratley, Yvonne Hill, Dave Hislop, Jeff McGray & Denise Secor

20 Years – Beth Pulfer, Kathy Lane, Jen Scarborough, Doug Holm & Sue Peruski

25 Years – Denise Schiltz, Carolyn Olson & Steve Hild

30 Years – Kathy Benoit