A Hutsonville school administrator has been acknowledged and rewarded by her fellow colleagues.
During an awards luncheon in Springfield on Tuesday, Hutsonville Unit #1 Superintendent Julie L. Kraemer, was named the 2018 Superintendent of Distinction by her colleagues in the Wabash Valley Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
Kraemer was selected by peers in the region, which encompasses 10 counties in southeastern Illinois. State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith was the featured speaker at the luncheon where 21 IASA regional Superintendents of Distinction were honored.
"I was shocked, surprised when I was honored," Kraemer said. "But there's no way I wouldn't have received that award without the staff, board, community and administration I have around me."
Kraemer's fellow colleagues noted several achievements which led to her being honored. They include improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curricular activities and projects for all grade levels, implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) and incentive programs to improve behaviors and attendance and the implementation of going to 1-1 Chromebook as well as updating building infrastructure to support the initiative.
Hutsonville School Board President Tina Callaway and Regional Superintendent Monte Newlin praised Kraemer for her dedication, enthusiasm and energy in preparing for curriculum and instruction matters.
"She exemplifies the qualities of all those educational leaders in our region who make the difficult (and often times unpopular) decisions that are guided by the values, needs, and priorities of the local Board and community," Newlin said. "She has shown a willingness to innovate and the ability to implement change to have the greatest impact on students in the classroom."
Kraemer has also been recognized for implementing additional reading and writing assistance during the school day for students not meeting or succeeding at a grade level. In doing so she has introduced teachers to a new guided reading program proven to help students reading at lower levels.
She has also assisted in obtaining multiple grants in order to provide students with an enhanced PE curriculum to emphasize physical literacy.
"Julie establishes collaborative opportunities, encourages professional growth and development and maintains high expectations for herself and others," Callaway said. "Not only is Julie very knowledgeable about curriculum and instruction matters, she surrounds herself with a strong support network of people who are also capable. Julie Kraemer is a true leader who commands respect of the faculty, students and the community."
The fourth annual luncheon again was sponsored by the Horace Mann insurance firm.
Kraemer received her bachelor's degree and master's degree in administration and her education specialist degree from Eastern Illinois University. Kraemer and her husband, Mike, of 32 years have two daughters, Brittany and Amanda.
But that is not the only achievement that Kraemer is expected to complete this year. A few months ago she announced her intention to pursue a career as a school resource officer, along with her superintendent duties.
"It's going well. I'm about three tests in with six more to go," Kraemer said. "I've finished several firearms tests and finished the emergency vehicle drivers test this past Monday."
Kraemer said she is expecting to graduate in September.