Friday, May 6, 2016

Past president honored by local ROE

With hundreds in attendance, the LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Regional Office of Education (ROE) hosted its Excellence in Education awards banquet on May 5, recognizing the outstanding work of local school faculty, staff, and school board members. At this year’s banquet, the ROE presented a special award to IASB Immediate Past President Karen Fisher, honoring her 35-plus years of service on local boards of education.
Karen Fisher receives award from Chris Dvorak, ROE #35

Fisher began her school board work in 1979 with Miller CUSD 210, where she served until 1987. That same year, Fisher was elected to the Ottawa Township High School District 140 Board of Education. She served on the Ottawa school board until 2015, holding the positions of board president, vice president, and secretary.

Fisher, who grew up in Pekin and lives in Marseilles, Illinois, was elected Association president in 2013 and served two, one-year terms. She was very active in Association work throughout her career, serving as vice president in 2012 and 2013, as well as serving on Nominating and Audit Committees, chairing the Resolutions Committee, and serving as a National School Board Association delegate and Central Region Nominating Committee member.

As IASB president, Fisher championed adequate funding for Illinois public schools, meanwhile finding creative means at the local level to “do more with less.” She was a strong defender of public schools and often expressed her opposition to state-created charter schools siphoning funds away from local schools.

Fisher joins other award winners on stage.
“Karen shared her deep passion for public education, her profound sense of fairness for providing a quality education to every child, and her leadership skills with the broader public school community in Illinois,” said IASB Executive Director Roger Eddy. “She consistently conveyed a sense of collaboration in her leadership style while maintaining a sharp focus on IASB’s mission.”

“Karen is truly a leader among her peers. She is certainly deserving of the gratitude that is demonstrated with this very special award,” Eddy emphasized.

Karen Fisher and her husband John have two children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her school board service, Fisher is a former prevention specialist at the LaSalle County Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.