• U-46 to Recognize Top Two Percent of Graduating Seniors; ‘Accent on Achievement’ to be Awarded to St

    U-46 to Recognize Top Two Percent of Graduating Seniors
    ‘Accent on Achievement’ to be Awarded to Staff Nominated for Kane County Educator of the Year

    SOUTH ELGIN - The School District U-46 Board of Education Monday will host the Top Two Percent ceremony at South Elgin High School to honor the  academic success and accomplishments of graduating seniors. The students are the top-achieving graduates from the District’s five comprehensive high schools and are featured on the U-46 website in the District’s Class of 2022 section
    Also Monday, May 9, the Board of Education will recognize Elgin High School’s Juan Figueroa, who received the Regional Superintendent Award during the Kane County Regional Office of Education’s annual Kane County Educator of the Year awards banquet on April 29, as well as three other nominees from U-46.  
    Figueroa teaches college-level Dual Credit courses in Spanish in addition to Spanish Language Arts for EHS students in the Dual Language program. 
    “Mr. Figueroa's dedication to our students and school community is an example of excellence for our profession,” said EHS Principal Jamie Crosen.
    Teaching is Figueroa’s second career; he had worked in the banking industry for more than 25 years when the Great Recession hit, and he decided to change careers to teaching, earning a master’s degree in education and special education and a bilingual/ESL certificate. He has taught in U-46 since 2009, first at Channing Elementary, then at Ellis Middle School, and then at EHS starting in 2017.  
    Figueroa said he strives to create a classroom that is a safe learning space for students where they can develop a sense of community, express themselves, and learn to embrace the differences of others. 
    “I use teaching strategies that encourage students to contribute with what they bring and in the way they can. My role as the teacher is to assist each student in developing their own potential,” he said. “I promote a curriculum that incorporates different learning styles, as well as make the content relevant to the students' lives.”
    The Kane County Regional Office of Education hosts the annual award ceremony to recognize and celebrate educators within the region. School districts, staff, and administrators nominate exceptional individuals who demonstrate a love for learning and a commitment to education. The April 29 event marked the 46th Kane County Educator of the Year banquet. 
    Three other educators for U-46 were nominated for an Educator of the Year award. Along with Figueroa, they will be recognized with an “Accent on Achievement” certificate during the 6 p.m. special Board meeting in the auditorium at South Elgin High School, 760 E. Main Street, South Elgin. 
    They are: 
    • Faviola Ximena Escobar, a Dual Language teacher of Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies at Larsen Middle School in Elgin, who was nominated in the Middle School Teacher Category 
    • Dr. Steve Tucker, Assistant Principal at South Elgin High School, who was nominated in the Administrator Category 
    • Sandy Ritter, a special education teacher at Tefft Middle School in Streamwood, who was nominated in the Middle School Teacher Category 

    Following the awarding of an Accent on Achievement to the four teachers, the Board of Education will honor the students who have finished in the top two percent of their graduating class.
    "Congratulations to our top two percent of the class of 2022," said Superintendent Dr. Tony Sanders. "We are proud of their dedication to academic achievement.” 

    The top two percent of graduating seniors are as follows:
    Bartlett High School

    Agilan Gunashankar
    Anthony Martin
    Asmita Shah
    Carter Eid
    Desiree Oliveros
    Evan Bulatek
    Jillian Murdoch
    Lorenzo Marasigan
    Marcos Sanson
    Ronit Nagarapu
    Elgin High School

    Yahya Arastu
    Nicole Babiarz
    Shweta Dhar
    Sarah Erickson
    Emily Flores
    Sofia Heinrich
    Abby Joyce
    Maia Lesniak
    Michelle Maslon
    Vanessa Medrano
    Angeline Nato
    Jenny Nguyen
    Alejandra Rodriguez-Garcia
    Larkin High School
    Jackson Baker
    Ximena Bermudez
    Alberto Bonilla
    Emma Hahn
    Lilah Hanson
    Joana Hernandez
    Sarah Leardi
    Leah Mack
    Ella Nail
    Alejandro Ramirez
    Luca Tendy
    Jordan Vopat
    South Elgin High School
    Abigail Choi
    Anna Creagan
    Ashlin Lee
    Caroline Croft
    Ella Winterhalder
    Emma Hunter
    Gino Santini
    Liliana Hernandez
    Loreal Wilson
    Michael Walczuk
    Rachel McClow
    Salvi Patel
    Yuri You
    Streamwood High School
    HeeRan Yang
    Jennifer Voravong
    Joshua Manzano
    Kaitlyn Esteban
    Katelyn Nguyen
    Kayla Ticherafi
    Mishael Mazhar
    Vanessa Pitsenbarger
    Monday’s Board of Education meeting will also be streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel
    School District U-46 serves families in 11 communities: Bartlett, Elgin, Hanover Park, South Elgin, Streamwood and Wayne, as well as portions of Carol Stream, Hoffman Estates, St. Charles, Schaumburg, and West Chicago. In total, the District encompasses 90 square miles within the Fox River Valley, approximately 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago, and includes communities within Cook, DuPage and Kane counties. More than 36,000 pre-K through 12 graders attend the 57 District schools and programs. To learn more, visit the U-46 website, or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.