College of Education Presented with JTHS Award

May 9, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the University of St. Francis (USF) College of Education is proud to be the recipient of the Joliet Township High School (JTHS) Superintendent Medallion Award for its service to JTHS students and schools. The prestigious Superintendents Medallion is Joliet Township High School’s highest honor, awarded for extensive service and dedication to education. The award, established in 2006, is bestowed upon individuals or groups that have distinguished themselves as going above and beyond in service in support of JTHS students, staff and District 204 stakeholders.

“It was truly an honor to be recognized by Joliet Township High School,” says John Gambro, dean of USF’s College of Education. “A large part of our mission at USF is to collaborate with community members in order to positively impact the lives of students. This partnership exemplifies what a true collaboration should be – mutual goals and sharing resources in order to achieve a common good and ensure that every student has access to an excellent teacher.”

Since 1925, the University of St. Francis has enjoyed a proud tradition of preparing high quality educators, and hundreds of graduates have contributed to the school’s legacy of excellence by serving with distinction in various roles in public and private schools. While the College of Education has enjoyed growth and expansion over the years, it remains dedicated to its original mission: “to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.”

USF programs are rooted in the Franciscan values of respect, compassion, service, and integrity and faculty members are devoted to providing learning experiences that will allow educators to realize their fullest potential as they develop an understanding of students, serve the community, and grow professionally.

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., is a Catholic, Franciscan university that serves 4,100 students nationwide; offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are more than 49,000 USF alumni across the globe.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

Photo Caption: (Left to right) Dawn Gallegos, USF Field Experience Supervisor; Cindy Sloan, Associate Dean; John Gambro, Dean; Amy Schroeder; faculty member; Tracy Spesia, Field Experience Coordinator and School/Community Partnership Liaison.