Peoria principal shares credit with team, community for top schools honor

During a classroom visit, St. Mark principal Noreen Dillon works on a word game with first-grader Tommy Tomlins. Helping people discover their strengths and use them is one of the reasons she went into teaching. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Dr. Noreen Dillon accepts that she has been named the Distinguished Principal of the Year by the Office of Catholic Schools, but says, “It really had nothing to do with me.” “It had more to do with the really good team I’m working with and the families that we have here supporting the school, and […]

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School parents invited to Springfield as part of ‘Save My Scholarship’ campaign

Paying a visit to Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) on May 7 as part of the Save My Scholarship campaign are (from left) Bobby Sylvester, Empower Illinois' regional director working with Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria, and Dr. Noreen Dillon, principal, and Maria Carroll, parent, both of St. Mark School in Peoria. They are wearing the blue t-shirts with the logo for the campaign, which seeks to emphasize the importance of tax credit scholarships for nonpublic school families and the need to retain the program. (Provided photo)

Some things are so important that it takes more than a line item on a budget to understand their worth. Tuition tax credit scholarships for students in nonpublic schools are one of those things. As Gov. J.B. Pritzker prepares his first state budget, concern is growing that this program will be endangered due to a […]

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