Staff Achievements


Dr. Joseph Wiemelt selected for English Language Specialist Program

Urbana – Dr. Joseph Wiemelt, Director of Equity and Secondary Bilingual Programs, was selected to participate in the English Language Specialist Program by the US Department of State and Georgetown University.  Dr. Wiemelt will be on assignment in Andalusia, Spain for three weeks in November 2017. The ELS program, one of […]


Superintendent’s Blog: Napleton’s Teacher of the Year – USD116

Tonight (Wednesday, May 10) marked the “First Annual” Napleton’s Teacher of the Year Celebration.  Napleton’s Auto Park of Urbana sponsored the award and the reception.  Three teachers (one elementary; one middle school; one high school) from USD116 and CUSD4 were chosen based on nominations submitted by students. The three teachers […]


Nominations for the Dr. Amberg Endowed Chair are being accepted

It is time again to nominate Urbana teachers for the Gene Amberg Excellence in Teaching Endowed Chair.  The nomination deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017 by 4:00pm.  Nomination packet information is attached below. Dr. Gene Amberg (Ph.D.) began his career in public education in 1972 as an elementary school teacher […]


Superintendent’s Blog: Report to the USD #116 Board of Education

Superintendent’s Report to Urbana School District #116 Board of Education January 10, 2017 January is Mentoring Month in Urbana-Champaign The CU One to One Mentoring Program is spending time this month thanking mentors for the time they spend with our students.  The CU One to One Mentoring Program pairs adults […]


Shalonda Carr, Elementary Teacher Finalist for PAEMST

Shalonda Carr, teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary was selected as a state-finalist for the 2015-2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.  These awards “are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science).” Teaching 4th and 5th graders in an ELL class […]