Energetic. That word paints an understated picture of Melissa Bryne. The 28-year-old St. Charles resident, Aurora University graduate and current AU doctoral student is a virtual teaching tornado at Haines Middle School in St. Charles. Byrne’s professional talents earned the six-year employee of Community Unit School District 303 her school’s first-ever nomination for the Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.
Aurora University student Ignacio “Nacho” Cervantes made history this fall. In a ceremony at the East Aurora School District service center, the AU sophomore criminal justice major became the youngest member of the East Aurora School Board.