Plainfield Educator Wins Niehus Award

    The Plainfield Foundation for Excellence will present the Niehus Award to DiLeo at the District 202 Board of Education’s June 26, 2017 regular meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at the District 202 Administrative Center, 15732 Howard Street, Plainfield. The Foundation administers the Niehus Award on behalf of the Niehus family.

    The Niehus Award, established in 1986, honors the legacies of former District 202 Superintendent of Schools Walter Niehus and his wife, respected former teacher Juanita Niehus.

    If time alone were the measure, DiLeo would certainly meet the Niehus Award’s criteria of “extraordinary commitment.” She attended Central Elementary School from second grade on, Indian Trail Middle School and graduated from (then) Plainfield High School, and has worked in District 202 since 1985.

    After high school graduation, DiLeo earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University. She then earned a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois for her Master’s degree.

    She started teaching at Crystal Lawns Elementary in the spring of 1985, then moved to Walker’s Grove Elementary in 1992 and stayed for seven years as well. DiLeo became Central Elementary School assistant principal in 1999 and then principal in 2001.

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