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School Hero Awardees

Tammy Kleckner

Principal
Frassati Catholic Academy
 

Tammy began her career in the archdiocese as an early childhood teacher at St. Mary of Buffalo Grove. Tammy was then tapped to serve as a school leader at St. Joseph School in Round Lake, before joining Frassati. Her leadership role spans 8 years. “She has brought back my faith in a dark time in this country and in our lives,” a parent, who nominated her, said. “She truly is someone special and an asset to the Catholic schools.”

Bronwyn Azzarello

Fifth-grade Teacher
Most Holy Redeemer School
 

As a graduate of Christ the King, Mother McAuley High School and St. Mary’s College, Bronwyn wholeheartedly brings her values-based faith into the classroom each and every day. “She has gone above-and-beyond in these uncertain times to include remote learners and make them feel very much a part of the in-person classroom,” said one parent, who nominated her. Bronwyn is in her eighth year of teaching at Most Holy Redeemer. Prior, she taught for three years at St. Josaphat School, where she was honored as Educator of the Year.

Lauren Gillis

Second-grade teacher
St. Francis de Sales
 

Lauren has been teaching at St. Francis de Sales for five years, but considers herself a lifelong member of the school as she graduated from SFS and has three daughters who have attended SFS as well. In addition, her father was in one of the first graduating classes at SFS. “We started our son in e-Learning, and Mrs. Gillis made an enormous effort to make sure he was still part of the class and engaged in daily activities, just as if he was in the room with his classmates,” said a parent who nominated her. “As we transitioned our son back to face to face learning she made us feel so comfortable and welcomed him into the room.”

Sue Canzoneri

Principal
Immaculate Conception School – Talcott
 

Sue’s commitment has been seen for the last 36 years at Immaculate Conception School. As an alumna of the school, she was excited to return for her student teaching. This is her fifth year as principal as she previously was the assistant principal for over 25 years. She also previously was the first-grade teacher, fifth-grade teacher and a resource teacher. “Reminders were given to students daily (at the beginning) to keep masks on, when on school property, and she used a bull horn after school to remind the kids, who always wanted to take the mask off as soon as they walked out,” a parent said. “Sure, did get the kids attention!”