Everyday Heroes: 2015

Making a difference in the lives of the youth of McHenry County

Welcome to "Everyday Heroes," a Northwest Herald project celebrating local residents who selfessly go above and beyond to make a difference in our communities. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of everyday heroes living around us.

This year, we are recognizing heroes who make a difference in the lives of McHenry County youth. They are not motivated by money or success, but by a love for children and a desire to make a our communities better places to live.

In November, we asked readers to nominate heroes who make a difference in children's lives. Our readers responded, and the best of the best are profiled here.

Check out our photo gallery of Everyday Heroes here.

The Lemonade Brigade

The Lemonade Brigade has been so busy these past months that they have trouble keeping track of which event was for which person.

Jennifer Cody

Harvard High School teacher approaches special education with passion.

Kathie Comella

Actress, director shares lifetime of theater, stage knowledge with children

John Dughi

Woodstock instructor empowers children through martial arts

Lois Emrich

Bowling coach draws from experience to teach game to youth

Karen Fallon

Alden-Hebron teacher goes the extra mile for needy students

Lisa Gatewood

Wonder Lake woman a wonder woman for children in need

Greg and Kathy Godsell

Crystal Lake couple coaches, mentors youth interested in robotics

Arthur Gritmacker

Alden-Hebron baseball coach dedicates time to youth sports, community

Ellen Jackson

Crystal Lake woman starts girls camp in memory of daughter

Terry Jaworski

Harvard woman helps distribute diapers at McHenry diaper bank

John Jelinek

McHenry youth pastor keeps faith alive in teenagers

Kathy Jones

SEDOM Center teacher from dedicates her life to special needs kids

Debra Junkins

Huntley veterinarian opens doors to students interested in field

Susan Keller

Pioneer Center supervisor helps teens with issues at home

Matt Koll

Crystal Lake South teacher wears many hats to help students

Kathy McAfee

Former Nunda firefighter helps brighten young lives at Christmastime

Brenda Napholz

Crystal Lake woman gives teens place to go

Camille Paddock

Huntley teen rallies against bullying through speeches, outreach

Wendy Rollie

Johnsburg Junior High teacher goes above, beyond to be there for students

Gary Rosenberg

Big Brothers Big Sisters recipient of car dealership president's passion

Heather Stewart

Johnsburg librarian brings teens back to books

Tamara Tomasello

Inspired personally, Woodstock taxi owner works with area youth, community

Theresa Villec

Crystal Lake woman touches lives through music

Kelly Weaver

Mom of autistic child overcomes challenges, starts school from scratch

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