JBT-friends of education awardLast week, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) received the Will County Friends of Education Award from the Will County Regional Office of Education.

“I am honored to have received this award from the Will County Regional Office of Education,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said.  “It is gratifying to know they support the work I am trying to do in Springfield.”

The Friends of Education Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization for an innovative or unique contribution that directly supports the mission of excellence in teaching and learning, student achievement and safe schools.

“The Friends of Education award is given annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of education,” Will County Regional Superintendent Shawn Walsh said. “ Jennifer’s selection was natural because her entire career has been focused on improving the educational opportunities for the people of Will County and the State of Illinois.”

Senator Bertino-Tarrant focused much of her energy on policy that improves education and safety in schools in her first year as a state senator.  She also hosted a series of education roundtable meetings in the 49th district in order to identify current problems and concerns that aren’t being addressed with area school district officials.

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