How IPEF Supports You

Since our founding in 1988, IPEF has recognized the district’s outstanding teachers and supported their efforts to improve outcomes for their students. The IPEF Teacher Innovation Grants encourage ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and novel approaches to enhance curricula. The A+ Awards and Gifts of Gratitude reward the many teachers and support staff who go above and beyond for their students and those student’s families.

Active IPEF-funded programs for teachers and staff are listed at the right. Click on any one to learn more about it.  Click here to learn how you can help IPEF keep these programs strong and ongoing.

Since our founding in 1988, IPEF has recognized the district’s outstanding teachers and supported their efforts to improve outcomes for their students. The IPEF Teacher Innovation Grants encourage ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and novel approaches to enhance curricula. The A+ Awards and Gifts of Gratitude reward the many teachers and support staff who go above and beyond for their students and those student’s families.

Active IPEF-funded programs for teachers and staff are listed below. Click on any one to learn more about it.  Click here to learn how you can help IPEF keep these programs strong and ongoing.

Programs For Teachers
Program (click for details)What It's About
Teacher Innovation GrantsTeachers submit ideas for new ways to 'supercharge' curricula and IPEF supplies funds to make it happen.
A+ AwardsParents and students nominate teachers who make a BIG difference. IPEF manages the celebration.
Gifts of GratitudeA new program where parents pay tribute to a special teacher and support IPEF at the same time.
TEAM IPEFFun way to support IPEF and raise money for your school. Teachers and staff become 'Charity Heroes' of the annual Healthy-Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K.

2020-21 IPEF Events for Teachers

Events in June–October 2021

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    Last Day of School (TENTATIVE) / End of Semester
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    Emergency Days Begin (if needed)
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    TEAM IPEF - 2021 Healthy Driven Race Day
–   indicates IPEF Event. All other items are from IPSD204 calendar.
How You Can Help

Apply for a Teacher Innovation Grant
Grants from $500 to $5000 are available at all grade levels and every district school. If you’ve always wanted to try something new or novel in the classroom, bring in an exceptional guest speaker or take that special field trip, here’s your chance!

 Apply for a Teacher Grant ❤

Join TEAM IPEF.
The Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Race is our biggest annual fundraiser. It’s a fun way to connect parents, teachers, students and community members together as TEAM IPEF Charity Runners. Half of the funds you raise go right back to your school ! That’s why so many TEAM IPEF members are teachers.

 Join TEAM IPEF ❤

Share The Word.
Though we try not to be, IPEF is one of the best kept secrets in IPSD204. If you support our efforts, perhaps your colleagues will too! Sharing a link is easy . . .

Meet The Gifts of Gratitude Honorees

Welcome to the Wall of Gratitude. This space lists those IPSD204 teachers and staff who are so treasured by their students that the students’ families have made a donation to IPEF in their honor through the Gifts of Gratitude program. The program was first launched in 2020 (yes, that awful year of Covid-19) and we expect the number of teachers honored in years to come will grow significantly.

Congratulations to the Following 2020 Gifts of Gratitude Honorees

*   indicates multiple donations were made to honor the teacher/staff member

Brookdale Elementary School
Andrea Gruber, Mary Luka, Kaitlin Nigro, Katie Palermo, Jane Ro, Karen Supel
Brooks Elementary School
Penny Ose
Builta Elementary School
Kristin Gader, Radhika Venkatesan, Allison Wright
Cowlishaw Elementary School
Michael Coniglio, Tatiana Diaz, Scott Nickel, Emily Rucker*, Corey Swift, Cristina Wagoner, Tamela Williams
Crone Middle School
Melissa Couch, Cara Fahey, Elizabeth Mancilla, Michael Sillar, Monica Skeels
Crouse Education Center
Lisa Barry, Kim Miller
Fry Elementary School
Melanie Krueger, Lisa Yore
Granger Middle School
Cynthia Chejfec, Allan Davenport, Suzi Edwards*, Joan Fitzgerald, Ginne Gates, Jeff Haeger*, Amy Huetson, Kelle Lalko, Kelly McShea, Dawn Pakkebier, Andrada Pteanc, Jacob Sanders, Linda Szott
Gregory Middle School
Esther Bevan*, Kerry Crowe, Neil Doucette, Glenda Gustafson, Rebecca Koehler, Lori Lauff, Stephanie Lein, Laurie Mitrenga, David Pfenninger, Scott Schaffer, Tony Wesolowski, Jenna Zientek
Hill Middle School
Kayla Dudgeon, Kristen Evenhouse, Brad Lange, Beth Piccinni
Longwood Elementary School
Kelly Baker, Megan Fornelli, Elizabeth Kluge, Brian McMurray
May Watts Elementary School
Mary Blessing, Danielle Donaldson, Angela Kiselyl, Mariah Oates, Jennifer Simios
Metea Valley High School
Amanda Briggs, Rachel Cheng, Daniel Debruycker, Erin Drufke, Darrell Echols, Susan Fuhrer, Diane Hendrix, Miles Knight, Javier Polavieja, Robin Sackschewsky, Margaret Stokes
Neuqua Valley High School
Emily Binder, Lance Fuhrer, Arnaldo Gonzales, Lukas Gotfryd, Heidi Habas, Jaime Johnson, Anne Kasprzak, Beth Knuth, Joe Koos, Michelle La Scola, Deanna Lindsey, Brad Pfeil, Michael Phelan, Yaritza Rodriguez (Student Teacher), Michael Paul Rossi, Andrew Seidel, Kelly Simon, Adrianne Toomey, Margaret Urbanowicz, Paul Vandersteen, Jeffrey Walz, Derek Williams
Owen Elementary School
Lisa Anco, Frances Conrad, Allison Scurr, Julie Slade
Patterson Elementary School
Erin Burns, Cheryl Carlson, Kathleen Gill, Judith Jenkins, Stephanie Steen, Kristy Zarley
Peterson Elementary School
Heather Consalvo*, Melissa Dusing, Brooke Falck, Terry Goc, Allison Landstrom, Rachel Luhn, Nicolette Mantia, Saurabh Mehta, Nicole Munn, Steven Patterson, Lauren Quinn, Ann Schimmoler*, Persis Sidhwa
Spring Brook Elementary School
David Alessia
Scullen Middle School
Robert Driscoll, Ellen Dufresne, Michael Ferguson, Samantha Gorney, Olivia Mayszak, Mark Philipp, Jessica Spera, Jenna Ryan-Garcia
Steck Elementary School
Steven Crittenden, Nancy Fister, Eric Griffin, Kelly Kelly, Elizabeth Pohlmann, Angela Zdenovec
Still Middle School
Marc DeFarno, Tracy Popper, Ami Schleining, Mike Treptow, Mary Whitney
Waubonsie Valley High School
Seth Durbin
Welch Elementary School
Samantha Olenick
White Eagle Elementary School
Kerry DiFusco, Jacqueline Gerard, Jennifer Kokes, Kathy Towle