All award incentives were contributed by
Mr. Kenndell Smith, PHJH Principal, Mr. Milton Leathers, PHJH Assistant Principal, Ms. Theresa Smith, PHJH Assistant Principal, Mr. Michael Wilson, PHJH Assistant Principal
by Chateaux Year Published: 2019
Ms. Shaffer is new to Chateaux School and this is her first year teaching. She is extremely excited to join the Chateaux family and we are thrilled to have her. Prior to joining Chateaux School and the PHESD family, she was a student and graduate from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She loves traveling and has traveled extensively during college. She loves to get her students involved in their learning experience and takes the time to individually get to know each and every one of her students. She understands how each child has a different way of learning and does all that she can to create the best learning environment possible so that her students not only enjoying learning but excel in all ways possible.
by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2019
Mrs. Garcia is thrilled to be chosen as teacher of the month! This is her 7th year in the district at Fieldcrest as the Music teacher. Mrs. Garcia really enjoys sharing her love for music with her students and is always striving to teach musical concepts through music and dance the students are currently into. Aside from being the Choir director, Mrs. Garcia has been active in other activities over the years such as Girls SWAGG, Cheer, and Band. She truly enjoys creating musical themes and programs using input from the students. Mrs. Garcia loves working with the students and staff of Fieldcrest and is honored to be recognized this month!
by Highlands Year Published: 2019
Ms. Goshay, 1st grade teacher, wears many hats at Highlands School. She is our cheerleading coach, SWAGG coordinator, and social science team leader to name just a few of the ways that she contributes to our school. Ms. Goshay is currently working on our African-American History Program, in which students will be performing "The Lion King". She brings her creative energy to everything that she does, and she helps to make Highlands a wonderful environment for our students.
by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2019
Ms. Handley has been teaching in the district for 14 years. She enjoys hanging out with her family. She also loves to shop for ethnic clothing and jewelry. Her passion for teaching allows her to give her best to the students daily. Her students past and present love her and her teaching style. Congratulations to you again Ms. Handley.
by Markham Park Year Published: 2019
Mr. Goodwin is Markham Park Teacher of the Month. He is very open and will help out when needed especially with the After School Program. Mr.Goodwin is always calm and nurturing with his students. It is always a joy visiting his class and seeing him interacting and hands on with his students. He has been in District 144 for 18 years he has put in a lot of hard work and dedication. Keep up the Good work Mr. Goodwin we appreciate you!!!!!
by Nob Hill Year Published: 2019
Welcome Back Ms. Griffin to Pre-Kindergarten! Ms. Griffin couldn’t wait to get back to her students this school year. With an eager and ready to teach spirit, she walked in ready to handle “teaching our future minds.” On any given day if you walk by Ms. Griffin’s classroom and students are off task, she gently reminds them of Pre-K’s expectations. Ms. Griffin is team player, she rotates and attends P.T.O. meetings to connect the bridge between school and home. Ms. Griffin attends our evening family events, staff meetings and social outings to build relationships with the staff. Because Ms. Griffin wants to improve academic excellence with our students, she continues to attend team meetings and implement practices that coincide with the next grade level’s expectations. Now that Ms. Griffin is a new mom, she has a more personal outlook on how essential it is for our Pre-Kindergarten students to be prepared for the next grade level. Thank you Ms. Griffin for being Nob Hill’s BEST!
by PHJH Year Published: 2019
Mrs. Coffie is the Prairie-Hills Junior High Academic Dean. She was highly sought and has been highly effective in her new role at the Junior High. Mrs. Coffie works directly with teachers and students to help students succeed. Mrs. Coffie heads the school wide testing for each grade level. She also designs and administrates the Standards Mastery Assessment for the ELA and Math departments. Ms. Coffee engages the teachers in open forum collaborations by hosting monthly "Chew and Chat" luncheons. Mrs. Coffie graduated from Linblom High School, received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University, and her Masters Degree from Governor’s State University. She enjoys shopping, eating out with friends, and hosting family and friends at her home. She also loves her role as Youth Ministry President at her church.