On March 8th, 2014 the Monticello Area Education Foundation hosted the 11th Annual Legacy of Learning Gala at Monticello Middle School. With the theme “A is for Apple”, Monticello High School Graduates in the Education field were honored, as well as a surprise honoree. The attendees enjoyed music from the Monticello Middle School Jazz Band and High School Jazz Band and Jazz Combo while mingling and enjoying dinner, which was catered by God and Friends Catering.

Sandy (Eckerty) Borries, who graduated from MHS in 1984, spoke about Monticello teachers like Rose Smith, Lynn Swango, and Ron Nolte in her memories of great teachers who inspired her to be an educator. She is in her 25th year at Anitoch Middle School, as a math teacher.                 

Scott Myers, a 1973 MHS graduate, reminisced about his days at Monticello as well as stories in regards to his wonderful and inspiring students. He also discussed the path, which lead him to becoming a principal in Hudson, IL. This year will mark his 37th year in the education field, and his fourteenth year as a principal.                  

Hazel Lindsley, who graduated MHS in 1965, had the audience in stitches in regards to her relationships with her students as well her high respect for long time   superintendent Dwight Wilkey. Mrs. Lindlsey taught high school English for over 30 years at Monticello High School.

Since MAEF was honoring educators, the MAEF directors thought a surprise honor for Ron Nolte was appropriate, and long overdue. Along with being a retired teacher of the Monticello Unit #25 school district, Ron keeps in contact with hundreds of former MHS graduates. Using Facebook and email, he gathers data about their careers and then       suggests a theme for the upcoming year’s Gala. The MAEF directors, past and present, are grateful for his support and dedication to the Legacy of Learning.