Elite 100

Recognizing our top teachers from around the world
IXL is proud to recognize our Elite 100 teachers! We are thrilled to mark our ninth year honoring the Elite 100, who are being recognized as top teachers using IXL based on time spent per student. With more than 900,000 teachers using IXL worldwide, these teachers truly stand out for their innovation, creativity, and passion in motivating their students to reach academic success. Read the inspiring stories from these remarkable educators below.
Elite 100 teachers over the years: 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Meet the Elite 100 of 2019!

Andres Garay Reilly Elementary School Chicago, IL
2nd year honoree!
Annamarie Lara-Rodriguez Lázaro Cárdenas Elementary School Chicago, IL
Anthony Roley Bay Minette Elementary School Bay Minette, AL
Breylin Smith St. John Vianney School Orlando, FL
Bryce Wait Marryatville Primary School Kensington, South Australia, Australia
Carla Prather E.P. Ward Elementary School Wallingford, KY
4th year honoree!
Cheryl Mooday New Market Elementary School New Market, IN
Connie Thornton Wilkinson County Elementary School Irwinton, GA
Craig Bishop Mountain Meadow Elementary School Buckley, WA

Favorite teacher tools:

I use the Real-Time Center to catch students who might need support while practicing. I also keep tabs on skills mastered by students throughout the year.

Daniel Christenson Prairie Wind Middle School Perham, MN
Danielle Keegan St. Columbanus School Cortlandt Manor, NY
David Inselmann St. John Lutheran School Elk River, MN
David Kaul Fernforest Public School Brampton, Ontario, Canada
4th year honoree!
Debbie Jordan Old Pointe Elementary School Rock Hill, SC
2nd year honoree!
Denise Zarrinnam Palmer Way Elementary School National City, CA
Elizabeth Paterson Honey Creek Elementary School Conyers, GA
Emily Maggioncalda Gibbsboro Elementary School Gibbsboro, NJ
2nd year honoree!
Erin Thomas Rykers' Ridge Elementary School Madison, IN
Esmeralda Martinez Resurrection Catholic School Memphis, TN
Esther Mannings Cesar Chavez Elementary School San Luis, AZ
2nd year honoree!
Garry Butler Tellico Plains Elementary School Tellico Plains, TN
Gina Marchionda-Schneider Lakeshore Elementary School Fond du Lac, WI
4th year honoree!
Jack Nelson South Shore Elementary and Secondary School Port Wing, WI
Jacob Todd Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School Osgood, IN
Jami Gress Celestine Elementary School Celestine, IN
2nd year honoree!
Sister Janine Braun Sacred Heart School Freeport, MN
Jennifer Scott Workman Elementary School Canton, MI
Jennifer Tucker Altus Elementary School Altus, OK

Making it fun:

I create challenges over the breaks and give them 5 language arts and 5 math skills to work on during our extended breaks. I also give them a reward for completing all of them.

Jennifer VanGeest Ridge Park Charter Academy Grand Rapids, MI
Jess Amendt Revere School Ovid, CO
2nd year honoree!
Jessica Mendez Lázaro Cárdenas Elementary School Chicago, IL
Jessica Weber Birchcrest Elementary School Bellevue, NE
4th year honoree!
Jin-Young Park Casey Middle School Boulder, CO
5th year honoree!
Jodie Thomas Hillrise Elementary School Elkhorn, NE
Joe Logan Lesterville Elementary School Lesterville, MO
2nd year honoree!
Joseph Semadeni Osmond Elementary School Afton, WY
5th year honoree!
Judy Younker St Mary's School Pierce City, MO
2nd year honoree!
Karen Coats Lourdes Academy Elementary School Oshkosh, WI
3rd year honoree!
Kelly Keith Verdigris Upper Elementary School Claremore, OK
2nd year honoree!
Kevin Neth Arnold Public School Arnold, NE
Lance Rach Prairie Wind Middle School Perham, MN
Leia Wheeler Northridge Elementary School Oklahoma City, OK
Levander Moore Bay Minette Elementary School Bay Minette, AL
Lyndsay Broadbent Merritt Elementary School Elk City, OK
Malcolm Cooper Woodlands Elementary School Longwood, FL
2nd year honoree!
Mallory Paswater South Decatur Elementary School Greensburg, IN

Favorite teacher tools:

I love using Analytics to see how my students are doing instantly. I don't have to wait to grade anything! I use Trouble Spots, Progress and Growth, and the Real-Time Center.

Marissa Lev Jose Clemente Orozco Academy Chicago, IL
Marti Moorman Greensburg Community High School Greensburg, IN
Marty Cloud Opstad Elementary School North Bend, WA
Melissa Swarrow Bobtown Elementary School Greensboro, PA
Mike Ford Elm Creek Public Schools Elm Creek, NE
Molly Babb Brown County Elementary School Mt. Sterling, IL
Mona Schmitz Highland Park Elementary School Woodward, OK
Nicola Mullings International School of Monagas Maturin, Monagas, Venezuela
Pandora Reyling Dahlgren Grade School Dahlgren, IL
2nd year honoree!
Randy Lewis Brookwood Middle School Genoa City, WI
4th year honoree!
Rebecca Fechalos Lake Village Elementary School Lake Village, IN
Sandy Courtney Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts Hilton Head Island, SC
Sara Jungclaus Gibbsboro Elementary School Gibbsboro, NJ
Sergio de Alba Miano Elementary School Los Banos, CA
Shana Lovern Speedwell Elementary School Speedwell, VA
Shannon Garrett Bay Minette Elementary School Bay Minette, AL
Shelley Hughes Windridge Elementary School Kaysville, UT

Making it fun:

If everyone scored 100 in a certain time frame, there was a class reward. i.e. extra recess or free time on computers.

Sonya Trenkamp South Decatur Elementary School Greensburg, IN

Favorite teacher tools:

I am in love with the social studies and science skills our class tried last year. The students really love IXL Social Studies and ask to do it each week. I love seeing who needs help with which sections.

Stacey Brown Eastwood Elementary School East Alton, IL
Stacey Sherrill Georgetown Primary School Chesapeake, VA
Terri Wilford Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Paideia Academy Chicago, IL
Tina Gandy Central Elementary School Baxter Springs, KS
Travis Rhodes Crestmont Elementary School Northport, AL
Tyler Ciscell Elkton Grade School Elkton, OR
2nd year honoree!
Youri Cheung Chicago, IL