• All award incentives were contributed by

    Mr. Kevin Johns, Mae Jemison Principal, Ms. Christina Montgomery, Nob Hill Principal, and Ms. Tiffany Rucker, Markham Park Principal 

  • Chateaux School - Ms. Czak

    by Chateaux Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Czak is our dedicated 2nd grade teacher whose main objective is that all of her students are successful learners and leaders.  She created a caring and nurturing environment while demanding that her children show the same respect and caring spirit that she shows them.  She participates in all Chateaux initiatives and never hesitates to help when she can. She is a committed asset to our 2nd grade team.  You can assure that she is always on task and supports her 2nd grade partner so that all Chateaux students get what they need.  Ms. Czak arrives to work early each day and always practices informative and effective communication with her parents to ensure a cohesive bond between her parents, her students, and the school.  Whether on door duty each day, attending a PTO meeting or just offering a friendly or kind word, we can always count on Ms. Czak.  Thank you Ms. Czak for all that you do!  We appreciate your commitment to our students and school.  Thank you for being a part of what makes Chateaux a great place to be!

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  • Fieldcrest School - Mr. Stuttley

    by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2019

    In March 2007, Henry Stuttley resigned as a journalist for the Daily Herald newspaper and began as a substitute teacher in Prairie Hills School District 144. Stuttley taught at Prairie Hills Junior High as a gym teacher and as a long term substitute in the special education department for four years. After earning his master’s degree in education in August 2011, he continued in the district and taught fourth grade at Mae Jemison Elementary school in Hazel Crest. During his tenure there, he taught two years in fifth grade and one year in third grade. Finally, he transitioned in 2017 school year to Fieldcrest Elementary school in the third grade department. He is married to Rosilynn Stuttley, where they served as youth leaders at Fellowship of Love Christian Center in Hammond, Indiana, holding monthly outings and annual retreats. They are now marriage coordinators of a ministry called Keep the Fire Burning ministry. 

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  • Highlands School - Ms. Hendzell

    by Highlands Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Hendzell, 4th grade teacher, is always willing to help in any way that she can in our continuous improvement process at Highlands School. She is the sponsor for student council, and every year she coordinates the food drive at Highlands during the holiday season. Ms. Hendzell works collaboratively with her colleagues. She is consistently at our evening events, and she helps to make Highlands a wonderful place to be!

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  • Mae Jemison School - Mr. Cieslak

    by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2019

    Paul Cieslak--5th Grade Teacher; STEM Coordinator; has been a teacher for 26 years. The last 14 in District 144 and the last three at Mae Jemison. He enjoys reading, traveling with friends, and being with his family! He spends his summers fishing in Northern Wisconsin. He has always loved working with his students and relishes when they come back to visit him.  His favorite part of his life is being "Uncle Paulie" to his 9 nieces and nephews and his 5 great nephews.

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  • Markham Park School - Mr. Williams

    by Markham Park Year Published: 2019

    Mr. Williams is a 3rd grade teacher here at Markham Park School. He's been teaching in District 144 for 21 years. He's a mentoring leader, math whiz, in charge of career day, and works the homework help program. Mr. Williams is great with the kids he is like a father figure to them. He really cares about our students education and tries to make sure they are on track. We really appreciate all your hard work and dedication.

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  • Nob Hill School - Ms. Nemec

    by Nob Hill Year Published: 2019

    When you think of a woman with such a grateful and peaceful heart, Ms. Kitty Nemec will be the first person you think of.  Ms. Nemec has such a meek spirit; she is always willing to lend a helping hand.  Ms. Nemec is either on every committee at Nob Hill, or she is a supporter of every committee.  During school hours, Ms. Nemec shows that patience is truly a virtue when she cares for our Early Childhood students.  Each day she provides tender, love and care towards our youngest generation of students at Nob Hill.  Ms. Nemec also works with our after school homework help program.  Every Tuesday and Wednesday, she helps our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students with their assignments.  Ms. Nemec is a very inspirational woman; everyday she shares words of wisdom with our entire staff.  You can count on her to support you, encourage you and make you smile.  Look up and say cheese Ms. Nemec!  We are so very grateful to have you as Nob Hill’s BEST!         


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  • Prairie-Hills Jr. High School - Ms. Lee

    by PHJH Year Published: 2019

    Prairie Hills Junior High is excited to announce Ms. Lisa Lee as the February teacher of the month.  Ms. Lee joined the PHJH family this school year and has been a great addition to the ELA department. She brings 25 years of educational experience with her.  Her passion and goals are to use the skills and talents that she acquired throughout the years to enhance the learners she encounter.   Ms. Lee graduated from Hyde Park Career Academy in Chicago IL. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science from Western University, and two Masters from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais IL. She enjoys reading and traveling, and spending time with her two wonderful children.

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