McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, Nan Phillips, Board Member of the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Nan Phillips, member of the Board of Directors at the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence (BFEE).
Since being nominated as a BFEE Board Member in 2011, Phillips has organized the organization’s grant committee to help fund Batavia public schools and programs. Additionally, she serves as Co-Chairman on the Batavia Public School Hall of Honor Committee, which celebrates model alumni, staff and friends of Batavia Public School District.
Having benefited from BFEE Grants in her own teaching career, Phillips has indicated she is highly motivated to continue the work of the Foundation and enhance the education and opportunities for Batavia students.
Phillips is a former education of 35 years, the first 12 of which were spent at McCleery School in Aurora, and the last 23 years were spent in the Batavia School District, teaching the fifth grade at Louise White School, serving as Learning Resource Center Director at Louise White School and Hoover-Wood School.
McConnaughay applauded Phillips and mission to spread the love of learning to young students everywhere. The Senator pointed to Phillips initiative to encourage youths to read more for leisure, which led to the creation of multiple school programs to incorporate literature, fun and family involvement, including a club called Boys, Books and Bologna and regular family reading nights.
“Nan Phillips is a great example of a leader and role model in our community,” said McConnaughay. “The work she’s done in the Batavia community will have a positive impact on students and families for years to come. Thank you, Nan, for your outstanding leadership and the work you’ve done to benefit your community and the region.”
In 2010, the Kane County Regional Office of Education honored Phillips with their annual Kane County Educator Award, recognizing her exceptional skills and dedication to her role in education. Nominees not only have shown tremendous success as a teacher, but also have earned the respect and admiration of students, parents and coworkers, and have often emerged as a leader in their communities as well.
Phillips and her family have lived in Batavia since 1987, and all three of her children are graduates from Batavia High School. As a longtime member of the community, she invests her time and energy in local groups, serving as Vice President of the Batavia Woman’s Club and volunteering for Community Helpers Impacting People in Need (CHIP IN) Batavia.