SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education is accepting nominations for key awards for top teachers and community members who aid schools.

The 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Those Excel awards honor people who have made significant contributions to pre-K through 12 public and nonpublic schools.

State board officials will announce the 2020 Teacher of the Year and recognize recipients of the Those Who Excel awards at a banquet this fall. It’s the 45th year for recognizing the Teacher of the Year.

Award winners come from a number of categories, including classroom teachers, administrators, school board members, community volunteers, licensed support personnel and more.

The Teacher of the Year is chosen from the classroom teacher group.

Nominations are due June 3.

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