• All award incentives were contributed by

    Ms. Kimberly Cook, Fieldcrest Principal, Mr. Timothy Hurd, Mae Jemison Assistant Principal, and Dr. Kenneth Scott, Director of Human Resources and Food Service

  • Chateaux School - Ms. Craig

    by Chateaux Year Published: 2019

    Mrs. Craig is the prime example of what you want your first teacher to be like.  As a kindergarten teacher, she is often a childs and parents first introduction as to what elementary school will be like and definitely what PHESD 144 is all about.  She represents these things well; strong, fair, sweet, caring, nurturing, common sense, and no nonsense all rolled into one.  She has patience, a calm demeanor and a teancity to make sure that each and everyone of her students learn.  Although she speaks softly, you always know when her presence is in the room, because her positivity always shines through. Mrs. Craig has worked for PHSD 144 for over 15 years. She has been with Chateaux for over 6 years and before that she was a kindergarten teacher for many years at the PAC (Primary Academic Center).  She is a teacher in our Afterschool Tutoring Program, gifted teacher in our gifted program, works with children who participate in the District Math Bowl and recently became our PBIS Coach.  She is always willing to help out and volunteer with afterschool functions and activities.  We thank Ms. Craig for her wonderful spirit, no nonsense approach and lets get it done attitude!  She is just one of Chateaux Schools unsung heroes and PHESD144’s shining gems!

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  • Fieldcrest School - Ms. Olds

    by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2019

    Meredith Olds began her schooling at the University of Illinois. After completing one year, she decided to return home and take classes at Governor's State University.  While working towards completing her degree, she decided to "get her feet wet" in education and worked as a teacher's assistant for 7 years in the Matteson School District.  During this time, she completed her schooling at Trinity Christian College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Soon after, she accepted a position at Fieldcrest School in Prairie Hills School District 144 where she has worked as a 2nd grade teacher since 2014.  It is only fitting that she has been teaching the same grade that she was in when her dream to become a teacher first materialized, AND also in the same school district where her mom began her teaching career.

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  • Highlands School - Ms. Huffaker

    by Highlands Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Huffaker, 3rd grade teacher, greets her students with a hug and a smile every morning. She works diligently to ensure that her students reach their full potential. She is the science team leader, and also a mentor for novice teachers. Ms. Huffaker consistently participates in school evening events, and she helps to make Highlands a wonderful place to be!

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  • Mae Jemison School - Dr. Harwell

    by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2019

    Dr. Harwell is the District Health Coordinator and the School Nurse for Mae Jemison School. She started in the District in 2007, fell in LOVE with School Nursing and has never looked back. She Has worked in many aspects of Nursing over her 38 years including: Med Surg, Peds, Oncology, Geriatrics, Rehab, Detox, GI, Dermatology & Psychiatry. Her passion is Public Health/Community Health for which she earned her Doctoral Degree in 2015. She enjoys roller skating, long walks, singing and any type of construction. In fact, her own children have nick-named her “Bob the Builder”! She also loves interior design and creates several displays at Mae Jemison during the school year. Dr. Harwell would like to thank her co-workers for acknowledging her as Teacher of the Month!

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  • Markham Park School - Ms. Castillo

    by Markham Park Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Castillo is March Teacher of the Month. Ms. Castillo professionalism is very admirable. She steps in when she sees other teachers or staff members in need of help. She keeps it very professional with students and also parents. Her overall performance is very admirable. She has a strong bond with her students and parents. She is passionate about her students and their everyday growth.  She has been working in District 144 for 16years. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication. Toddles to Markham Park Pre-K teacher Mrs. Castillo!!!

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  • Nob Hill School - Ms. Smith

    by Nob Hill Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Smith graced us with her love for children and nature during the 2017-2018 school year.  We are glad to say that she joined us once again with that same love, if not more, this school year.  Ms. Smith is our CCI teacher for grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  Ms. Smith has shown every staff member what true patience and concern for every child to learn, truly looks like.  Ms. Smith has a positive and upbeat team player personality.  Many times she volunteers to organize field trips on and off of campus.  During evening events such as reading night or our family dance, Ms. Smith will be front and center ready to help and assist wherever possible.  She is a family oriented woman and a great communicator with the families or her students.  Ms. Smith also organized our Science Fair, and continues to assist with our after school STEM program.  Kudos to Ms. Smith… we thank you and praise you for your EFFORTS thus far. You are one of Nob Hill’s BEST! Go Tigers!          

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  • Prairie-Hills Jr. High School - Ms. Al-Louissi

    by PHJH Year Published: 2019

    First year Mustang, Lena Al-Loussi is Prairie Hills Junior High March teacher of the month.  She is a member of the dynamic PHJH ELA department. Ms. Al-Loussi always bring a warm smile and hello to each of her students and the staff. She is always innovative in instruction and assessment. In her first year, she has had a positive impact on the school culture by serving as the 8B hallway team lead. Ms. Al-Loussi and a co-worker has also created and sponsored the school’s newspaper club. She enjoys reading and traveling. Her favorite vacation destination is anywhere there is family. Ms. Al-Loussi is an asset to the entire PHJH community and is very deserving to be selected as teacher of the month for October 2018.

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