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One Class at a Time: Emily Shilevinatz

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It's State testing week at Bartonville Grade School, with the academic year wrapping up in just a matter of days.

An important week according to Mrs. Shilevinatz, the life skills teacher, works with just 10 students in her classroom.

She says she enjoys every opportunity to work closely with this unique group.

"I started as a regular education teacher, and then kind of fell into special-ed and I absolutely love it. It's so nice to be able to talk to your students and work with them individually, daily, it helps with their success for sure." says Shilevinatz.

One person that can back that claim, one of the people who knows "Mrs S." the best, her student facilitator Ms. Smith who not only nominated her co-worker but also worked with her at two different institutions.

"I've worked with 'Mrs. S' for about 12 years now. I've watched her go out of her way for each and every student. She treats them all individually, and she takes her time and spends her own money a lot of times on the classroom supplies."

That's something she doesn't have to worry about this time around, with CEFCU and Heart of Illinois ABC providing Shilevinatz with a $1,000 check.

Despite shock and surprise, the classroom has plenty of ideas on what to do with the money.

"I would like to buy some more social skills, activities that we can do in the classroom. Technology is always a plus. So I will be doing lots of research over the summer as to what could best serve my students and what we could use in our classroom." says Shilevinatz.

Smith adds, "The kids love to read. And we're running out of things right now. They're reading everything that they can get their hands on. So some new books would be great."

Congratulations Ms. Shilevinatz's class at Bartonville Grade School.

Donnie Tillman

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