Peggy Allan

Middle School, Greenville Jr. High, Greenville, IL

Dr. Peggy Allan is the 1989 Illinois State Teacher of the Year, a Milken Educator (1988) and was recognized by Learning Magazine with its Professional Best Award.

A dedicated teacher of English/Language, Social Studies, Gifted Grade(s): 7-8 for many years, Peggy is now working to support teachers through coaching and mentoring in multiple districts, including East St. Louis.

Peggy is active on the Board of Directors of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) organization’s effort to pilot career continuums for teachers, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. These levels (i.e., apprentice, professional, mentor, master teacher) would define teacher roles, responsibilities, and expectations based on effectiveness and skill, rather than on the number of years of teaching.  She recently co-authored NNSTOY’s white paper entitled “Re-Imagining Teaching:  Five Structures to Transform the Profession.” Peggy is a strong advocate for distributed leadership and professionalizing teaching careers.