Ms. Madeline Wood

United Jr-Sr High Music Teacher receives top award from ISBE’s Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards


Ms. Madeline Wood from United High School in the United CUSD 304 has been named the 2023 West Central Region Teacher of the Year by The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Out of almost 500 applicants, Ms. Madeline Wood was selected for this honor because of her commitment to the instrumental music program and students in the United CUSD 304.  

You can read more about Ms. Wood and the entire cohort of 2023 Teachers of the Year on ISBE’s program page

ISBE’s annual Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards celebrate incredible classroom teachers, administrators, teams, volunteers, and school support personnel who have made lasting impacts on the students, families, and fellow educators in their school communities. See full list of awardees from all seven professional categories. 

ISBE received a record number of nominations and applications for the 2023 Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards. A committee of administrators, teachers, educational service personnel, student support personnel, and past Illinois Teachers of the Year selected this year’s awardees. The Illinois state superintendent of education will select the 2023 Illinois Teacher of the Year from the finalists later this spring. The Illinois Teacher of the Year will represent Illinois in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program.

Please visit the ISBE website for photos and bios of the 2023 Illinois Teacher of the Year finalists along with more information about the awards.