CCCF announces new “Excellence in Teaching” award in memory of Elizabeth A. Billman

Last Updated on February 22, 2021 by Cass County Community Foundation

Elizabeth A. Billman

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Community Foundation

The Cass County Community Foundation announced today the establishment of a new award for teachers, “The Elizabeth A. Billman Excellence in Teaching Award”.

Elizabeth served faithfully on the Board of Directors of the Cass County Community Foundation for a period of 16 years, serving two terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors and was on the Board of Directors at the time of her passing. The Cass County Community Foundation has established this award in honor and memory of her outstanding service, community leadership and legacy of excellence.

Elizabeth A. Billman was an educator, administrator, mentor, and role model for teachers and young women. Mrs. Billman retired as principal at Thompson Elementary School. She also taught in the Southeastern School Corporation, beginning her teaching career at Washington Township School. She was a member of the Lewis Cass Alumni Association where she received the Distinguished Service Award. Liz served in the Southeastern School Corporation for 38 years.

The Award will be presented annually to an individual teaching at the elementary school level, K-6, at Caston, Lewis Cass, Logansport, or Pioneer School Districts. Nominees must have completed five years of teaching or less and be nominated by their building principal. Nominations are due to the Foundation by March 31, 2021.

The award shall consist of a $500 stipend for the teacher and a plaque. A permanent plaque has been designed will be located at the CCCF Office to commemorate each year’s recipient.

The Award will be presented in May to the nominee who most exemplifies Elizabeth’s commitment to the students under her care, as well as embodies her thirst for knowledge, learning, and commitment to community service.

In making the announcement, CCCF President Deanna Crispen shared, “Liz was the consummate servant leader, a true friend and colleague. The impact of her leadership and many contributions of time, talent and treasure reach far beyond what she ever imagined. In a time when the world struggles to know the truth, Liz was a shining example on how to live a full life in service to others, true to herself and unwavering in her faith. She will be deeply missed.”

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Deanna Crispen, President & CEO, Cass County Community Foundation Inc. 574-722-2200.