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.

2022-2023 IPEF Events for Teachers

Events in August–December 2022

  • - TEAM IPEF - 2022 Healthy Driven Race Day
    TEAM IPEF - 2022 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 2021-22 Gifts of Gratitude Honorees

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

Brooks Elementary School
Tiffany Avery-Scott, Dot Breske, Mary Ann Dichoso, Renee Golminas, Nadia Ji, Jane Johnson, Katie Kempski, Katherine Phillips-Toms, Sydnee Polk, Terri Russell, Wendy Stanley, Raquel Tamer, Kevin Whyte*
Clow Elementary School
April Berta, Molly Mackey, Christine Miller, Amy Park
Cowlishaw Elementary School
Stephanie Acevedo, Nicole Bergquist, Jeremy Cemel, Tatiana Diaz, Nina Golemis, Kim Harper, Cassandra Henry, Daisy Hohnke, Kerry Kearley, Scott Nickel*, Cathie Prochaska, Jose Soto, Cristina Wagoner
Crone Middle School
Kera Bjerga, Richelle Dicola, Kristin Druwe, Charles Lantz, Nicole Valenza, Eric Williams
Fischer Middle School
Cynthia Bell, Melissa Lullo
Fry Elementary School
Denee Anderson, Jeanne Gerdisch, Latia Johnson, Karen Kaloczi, Brian Kulak, Erin Mongelli
Gombert Elementary School
Lindsay Brandonisio
Granger Middle School
Matthew Alber, Carla Axt-Pilon, Cynthia Chejfec, Darian Cozzi, Amy Huetson, Jennifer Scinto, Mary Wiora
Gregory Middle School
Jill Beauregard, Ana Burnopp*, Glenda Gustafson, Christine Henkel, Erica Jovanes, Lori Lauff*, Stephanie Lein*, Nicole Malpica, David Pfenninger, Kevin Reagan, Anne Smith, Jenna Zientek
Hill Middle School
Patty Brand, Bradley Bywater, Loni Fazio, Sarah Friederich, John Kelsey, Brad Lange, Robert Lunardini, Christopher Michel, Anne O’Neil, Claudia Parker, Bethany Piccininni, Lisa Reigle, Laura Shum, George Vellookunnel
Kendall Elementary School
Olivia Carroll, Rianne Cascarano, Ellen Dufresne, Jenny Horsey, Piper Kottmann, Jennifer Neufeld*, Suzy Niznik, Rachel Trostle
Longwood Elementary School
Daniel Ruffo
May Watts Elementary School
Katherine Drone, Michelle Peterson
McCarty Elementary School
Valentina Bolger*, Kim Ligeski, Julia Scalzo, Dana Watts, Adrienne Wodka
Metea Valley High School
Amanda Briggs, Lacy Bugielski, Rachel Cheng, Justin Cronin, Brittany Czerchlanski*, Daniel Debruycker, Darrell Echols, Tye Fox, Hannah Ghassan, Scott Gregory*, Nicholas Grijalva*, Elizabeth Hagen, Jeffrey Heimer, Diane Hendrix, Miranda Kay, Miles Knight, Eric Kramer, Mark Liu, Benaiah Lundy, Aaron Marshall, Christopher Moye, Mihaiela Muresan, Sydney Neukirch, Jonathan Ogrodnik*, Carinae Pellegrini, John Riddle, Timothy Robaczewski, Robin Sackschewsky, Michaela Schlattman, Casey Solgos, Robert Tesmond, Jessica Thomas, Vanessa Troiani*, Nathan Wedam, Kimberly Weiersheuser, Christopher Whaley, Cedric Williams, Thomas Womack, Rob Woolwine, Albert Zika
Neuqua Valley High School
Danielle Asquini, Emily Binder, Christopher Cebrzynski, Nathan Fitzenreider, John Keller, Kevan Kosobayashi, Michelle La Scola, Jonathan Lauff, Timothy McCoskey, Michael Parton, Brad Pfeil, Dylan Rowan, Ryan Russell, Lauren Sack, Gillian Schneider, Gregory Schwaegler, PJ Serio, Jason Verdin, Elizabeth West
Owen Elementary School
Francis Conrad, Mary Dolan, Heather Klassen, Allison Scurr
Peterson Elementary School
Melissa Ambrose, Katherine Ammons, Brittany Bennefield, Heather Consalvo, Victoria Donkin, Brooke Falck*, Allison Landstrom, Kristin Reed, Persis Sidhwa
Prairie Children's Pre School
Angela Mazzoni, Cyndi Rice
Scullen Middle School
Jill Koulos, Victor Low
Spring Brook Elementary School
David Alessia, Courtney Macchiarella, Julia Schnorr, Katelyn Sims, Rosetta Smith
Steck Elementary School
Janeen Christakes, Nancy Fister, Emily Greenwald, Monika Kelly
STEPS
Jen Christy, Ryan Loats, Meghan McCallum*, Michael Ackerman*, Ruby Saraf
Still Middle School
Christopher Crawl, Linda Fortt*, Melissa Hurd, John Lay, John Nickas
Waubonsie Valley High School
Bryan Acevedo, Nicholas Arens, Brad Caldwell, Kristan Crawford, Mike DiTella, James Donahue*, Kelly Donnellan-Prusila, Amal Elboukari*, Nate Gehrt, Hannah Ghassan, Sandy Goff, Jacqueline Hill, Jen Kastner, Karen Kuhlman, Eugenia Latka, Jason Mead, Debra Peplow, Kelly Prusila, Madison Randol, Diana Schill, David Sieh, Stephen Spinelli*, Jason Stipp, Megan Voitik*, Pam Westfall, Christopher Wolack
Welch Elementary School
Troy Adams, Mary Kulaga, Michelle Mattia
White Eagle Elementary School
Kerry DiFusco, Jacqueline Gerard, Jennifer Kokes, Kathy Towle