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Oswego High School Teacher Nominated for Illinois Teacher of the Year

Aug 14, 2015 04:07PM ● By Steven Jack

Pam Phelps (Photo courtesy of

For the second straight year, a School District 308 teacher has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Illinois Teacher of the Year Award. 

Pam Phelps, a science teacher at Oswego High School since 1997, is one of 10 finalists from around the state nominated for the honor. The nomination was announced at Friday morning's District 308 staff convocation ceremony at Oswego East High School. 

The Illinois Teacher of the Year will be named during the annual State Board of Education Those Who Excel banquet in Normal Oct. 17. 

"My goal as a teacher is to help students become independent thinkers and lifelong learners," Phelps says on her Meet the Teacher page at "I share my love of science with them and hope that they wonder about the world around them. I aim to give students the power to think critically and trust in themselves."

Phelps earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in secondary teaching from Aurora University. She also earned a master’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University.

Another School District 308 teacher, Heather Kraus, was a finalist for last year's Teacher of the Year Award. She is a fifth-grade teacher at Southbury Elementary School.