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District U-46 recognizes award-winning staffer
By Seth Hancock
The School District U-46 Board of Education recognized a member of its staff for receiving a national award at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.
April Wells, gifted coordinator, will be presented with the Gifted Coordinator Award this month in Minnesota at the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) annual convention. She was presented with a certificate of achievement by the U-46 board.
“On behalf of all the children I serve and their families, I would just like to thank each and every one of you for your endless support…. My support team, my family and all of my friends, we just have great work ahead of us, and I am privileged to be part of the team lifting in that work,” Wells said.
“The awards program shines a light on those who are making a difference in supporting gifted children as they reach to achieve their personal best,” M. René Islas, executive director for the NAGC, said for a U-46 press release. “April is a leader who is changing practices by creating and delivering professional development opportunities for teachers in her district.”
There are two recipients nationally of the award. Wells has been the gifted coordinator in U-46 since 2015 and has been with the district since 2002 with some time in between with Barrington School District 220.
Ushma Shah, assistant superintendent, wrote a letter in support of Wells for her nomination.
“Throughout her efforts to support gifted education, April’s work is marked with her explicit attention to equity and to increasing access for all students,” Shah wrote. “April is a deeply knowledgeable professional who uses the leadership space that she has to advocate for the way that things should work for all children.”