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2020 Illuminators of the Year and Platinum Level Users Awarded

February 6th, 2020

We were delighted to honor our 2020 Illuminators of the Year and certify six new Platinum Level Users at the 2020 Illuminate Education User Conference – West in Anaheim, CA last week!

The Illuminator of the Year Program honors educators and administrators committed to increasing the power of teaching and the delight of learning. Candidates are nominated by their peers, and honorees are selected from a short list of finalists. One educator and one administrator are awarded each year for their exemplary leadership, dedication, and professional skill.

The Platinum Level Certification Program recognizes outstanding educators who skillfully use Illuminate’s products to make a positive impact for their students, schools, and district. The certification requires annual maintenance in order to remain instated. Certified educators must complete a set of professional learning and capacity building tasks, such as collaborating with other districts, training new staff members, holding district trainings, and participating in webinars, regional meetings, and/or conferences. 

Please join us in congratulating our 2020 Awardees!


2020 Illuminators of the Year


Illuminator of the Year – Educator

Amy McGovern

District Reading Specialist (PK-12)

Wausau School District, Wisconsin

“It’s truly an extra special honor to be nominated by my colleagues for this award. To be recognized for my contribution to our collective effort around supporting the teachers and students of Wausau School District feels both remarkable and humbling. All teachers who put their hearts into this work deserve this recognition. I love helping teachers help their students. I appreciate how PLC time spent with teachers reviewing eduCLIMBER and FastBridge has fostered thoughtful reflection on the whole child.”


Illuminator of the Year – Administrator

Raymond Edwards

Dean of Middle School

Chattahoochee Hills Charter School, Georgia

“This is a great honor. I am successful when my students are. My students deserve the best education that is available, and a crucial component to that is the prudent use of data. I have the best job in the world. I’ve dedicated the last 12 years of my life to education, and I look forward to many more.”


2020 Platinum Level Users


Missy Butki

Data and Assessment Specialist

Lake Orion Community Schools, Michigan

“Illuminate has helped our district toward a culture of data-informed instruction. Through the available reports and several different ways to collect assessment data, teachers and administrators can collaborate and respond to students’ needs more effectively, track and analyze student performance, and reflect on current practices. Receiving Platinum Level Certification means that Lake Orion Community Schools has a deep understanding of how Illuminate can support our staff in increasing the academic achievement of all students.”


Julie Frisbee

TOSA/Instructional Coach for ELA and Illuminate 

Sierra Sands Unified School District, California

For the last decade, Illuminate has played an integral role in the creation of systems in our district to increase student achievement. It is so fulfilling to see teachers and students grow and achieve due to the power of Illuminate, and I’m honored to receive the Illuminate Platinum Certification as part of that journey.” 


John Hampton

Teacher/Illuminate Site Coach 

Kern High School District, California

Illuminate is a great way to get departments on board with common assessments. It allows us to analyze data together and work on strategies to close those student achievement gaps.”


Nicholas C. McCormick

Data Systems Specialist 

KIPP Metro Atlanta, Georgia

I’m always excited to partner with our teachers and staff to support data-driven instruction in our schools. It’s a privilege to work with the KIPP Metro Atlanta team that cares deeply about our students.”


Zach Niles

EdTech Specialist 

Learn4Life in California

Illuminate DnA allows us to capture student data in a way that works the best for our students, not in the way that works best for the educational product. Because of Illuminate, we are now redefining what it means to provide personalized learning with tools that enable better instruction to change a student’s story.”


John Rastatter

7th Grade Math Teacher/Staff Development Presenter – Illuminate 

Soledad Unified School District, California

“The Soledad Unified School District community is improving by one high-quality conversation at a time. Illuminate DnA sheds light on student performance and focuses site leaders and staff to have those strong results-oriented talks. It truly is happening in Soledad.”



Illuminate Education partners with K-12 educators to equip them with data to serve the whole child and reach new levels of student performance. Our solution brings together holistic data and collaborative tools and puts them in the hands of educators. Illuminate supports over 17 million students and 5200 districts/schools.

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