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Kent Probst

Kent Probst

Effingham County CEO's Facilitator

Kent Probst has been a teacher in Effingham County for over thirty years, and has always taken an active role in the local community. He is the recipient of the Educator of the Year in the Teutopolis Unit 50 School District, and has been listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers five times.

Through Community Support Systems, he has coordinated 20 summers of special education computer classes and 37 years of special education summer camps in Effingham County. He also inaugurated the first special education summer camp in Richland County in 2002.

Mr. Probst has served the Teutopolis Park District for 16 years, including 10 years as a board member and 6 years as the Park District administrator. He was a founding member of the Teutopolis Education Foundation, Unit 50 Curriculum Committee, and the Teutopolis Planning Commission.

Mr. Probst has worked with people of all ages through his countless endeavors. His hardwork and dedication to Effingham County has left a lasting impact on the community.


Kristy Sayers

Kristy Sayers

Effingham County CEO's Facilitator

Kristy Sayers is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a bachelors of science in business education and a master of science in educational administration. Mrs. Sayers was inspired to pursue a career in education because of the influence of her high school business teachers. Being an educator has combined her passions for business and education, by assisting students in the development of workforce skills while exposing them to the dynamic world of business. She brings fifteen years’ experience as a Business Teacher in Effingham County to the CEO Program.

Mrs. Sayers has developed programming to increase student engagement and success in school. Programs include stand out student monthly recognition, early release incentive and PBIS. In 2001, she chartered Beecher City High School’s chapter of Illinois Future Business Leaders of America and served on the FBLA Board of Directors for seven terms. She is also a member of the Illinois Principals Association and Illinois Business Education Association.

Student development is important to Mrs. Sayers and she is looking forward to facilitating the process for the CEO students. She considers it a privilege to be able to work with CEO students, business partners and investors to develop the economic potential of the Effingham area.


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