The 2020 Leadership Belleville Class took part in their first class in October themed around Education.
The day began at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville with breakfast and a panel discussion on the current issues affecting education. Participants included Robert Tebbe, Executive Director of Enrollment Development and Institutional Planning at Southwestern Illinois College; Brian Mentzer, Assistant Superintendent at Belleville High School Dist. #201 East; Ryan Boike, Superintendent at Belleville Grade School District #118; Greg Lieb, Athletic Director at Althoff Catholic High School; Mark Eichenlaub, Assistant Superintendent at St. Clair County Regional Office of Education; and Stacey Louderman, Principal at St. Clair County Safe School.
Following the panel discussion, the class traveled to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. While there, they spent time with the students and participated in Peace Circles that focused on Leadership. The group then enjoyed lunch with some of the students and met with staff to discuss both the good things happening and the challenges faced by educators today. This stop was definitely the highlight of the day. Finally, the group traveled to Belleville West for a student panel and tour with principal Richard Mertens.
Thank you to our day planners: Tracy Gray, Belleville Grade School District 118, Class of 2015 Lynn Selden, St. Clair Country Club, Class of 2017