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Bridget Golden, Christine Droba and Caroline Sweiss Rated Among the Best by State Board of Education


The Illinois State Board of Education announced that Bridget Golden is a recipient of the coveted Award of Excellence in the 2019-2020 THOSE WHO EXCEL education awards program. Colleagues Christine Droba and Caroline Sweiss received the Award of Recognition.

Miss Golden teaches a self-contained special education class at Sorrick School where she is loved and respected by her students and peers alike. Among her peers who wrote nominating letters they agreed: “Miss Golden brings passion, creativity and high expectations for her students and is patient, adaptive and well-versed in reaching a diverse group of students.”

Bridget holds herself to the highest of professional standards and can often be found late at night in her classroom preparing engaging and innovative learning experiences for her students. Miss Golden is a valued team member who is highly respected by her colleagues for her student-centered vision and focus on solutions.

The State Board annually bestows three levels of recognition at its awards dinner: The Award of Excellence; the Award of Merit and the Award of Recognition. 

Mrs. Droba was honored in the area of School Administrator. She was acknowledged for being a leader "in every sense of the word." As Director of Teaching and Learning, Christine helped restructure grade levels to foster a team approach to instruction. She develops curriculum and assessments to provide enhanced learning opportunities for our Fast-Track Math students.

Miss Sweiss was honored in the area of Classroom Teacher. She was acknowledged for "taking an active interest in all her students." She works countless hours before and after school and during lunch breaks to assist those students who need additional help. Caroline is there at 6 a.m. and often is one of the last teachers to leave at night.

Miss Golden, Mrs. Droba and Miss Sweiss will be honored at the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual dinner on October 19 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.


 Christine Droba

Caroline Sweiss