CUSF announces its new 2023 Super Star Award for Unit 4 and District 116 support staff and paraprofessionals. This award recognizes the value of exceptional school support staff. Kelly Hill, CUSF Executive Director notes, “Our schools would simply not run as effectively or efficiently without the many supporting talents and expertise of these essential staff members. From multilingual teaching aides, student support advocates, office managers, food service assistants, hall monitors, student engagement advocates, and custodial workers, these individuals help build relationships with students’ and staff which are often the “secret sauce,” for successful schools.”

Below are the twelve 2023 Super Star individuals selected to receive a $250 thank you award from CUSF for their positive contributions to the 2022-23 school year.

2023 CUSF Super Stars from Unit 4

Josh Black - Garden Hills

Josh Black

Student Support Advocate
Garden Hills Academy

Mary Calhoun - Jefferson

Mary Calhoun

Teacher’s Aide
Jefferson Middle School

Lori Earl - Kenwood

Lori Earl

Office Manager
Kenwood Elementary School

Cindy Scott - Columbia

Cindy Scott

Food Service
Columbia Building

Tameka Turner - Carrie Busey

Tameka Turner

Teacher’s Aide
Carrie Busey Elementary School

Jaime Watts - Champaign Early Childhood

Jaime Watts

Teacher’s Aide
Champaign Early Childhood Center

2023 CUSF Super Stars from District 116

Roxana Cowan - Dr Preston Williams

Roxana Cowan

Bilingual Teacher’s Assistant
Dr. Preston Williams Jr. Elementary

Jane Liao - UMS

Jane Liao

Multilingual Teacher’s Assistant
Urbana Middle School

Jerry Moreland - UHS

Jerry Moreland

Student Relations Supervisor
Urbana High School

Kathy Stein - Gerber School

Kathy Stein

Teacher’s Assistant
Gerber School

Denardo Williams - Thomas Paine

Denardo Williams

Student Engagement Advocate
Thomas Paine Elementary

Billy Young - UMS

Billy Young

Urbana Middle School