Award Year: 2013

Lincoln Elementary School

100 S. Nebraska Avenue
Morton, IL, 61550-2784

(309) 266-6989

Julie Albers, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Sheila Taylor, Current Principal

Morton CUSD 709

School Website


Serve students by stimulating a desire for lifelong learning and challenging all to achieve their highest potential as active participants in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Lincoln is one of four elementary schools in Morton, IL. Morton’s population is just over 16,000 and is a suburb of Peoria. Morton is home to a Caterpillar distribution facility, Libby's pumpkin cannery, and the corporate headquarters of Morton Buildings Inc. With 85 percent of the world's canned pumpkin produced here, Morton is the "Pumpkin Capital of the World.”


Lincoln School’s family environment focuses on the growth of each student. We accomplish this through a strong committed staff and supportive families. We are fortunate to have three-year-olds through twelve-year-olds at Lincoln, allowing for partnerships, mentorships, peer tutoring, and positive role modeling. We house two district special education programs; the districts early childhood and primary-intermediate instructional programs. This mixture of abilities provides opportunities for students in the general education classes to learn tolerance, understanding, support, modeling, and positive social skills.


One goal is to provide a positive climate for learning that enhances service and helps students develop positive social behaviors. Each month we focus on a service project and students learn about ways they can help others by providing time, supplies or financial support for those in need. Many of these projects are connected to our students, families and community: juvenile diabetes, coat drive, food drive, mitten tree, Toys for Tots, and the Children’s Hospitals.


Lincoln continues demonstrating high student achievement through IEP and collaboration meetings, Challenge, enrichment, differentiation, RtI and other supports. Our motto is to “think outside of the box” and not do the same thing for each student but focusing on the individual needs. Lincoln School continues to strive to do the best for our students and will continue to be the best.