• All award incentives were contributed by

    Ms. Lisa Adrianzen, Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, Ms. Codjhia Shelton, District Math Coordinator, and Ms. Juanita McWilliams, Manager of Information Systems

  • Chateaux School - Mr. Curtis

    by Chateaux Year Published: 2019

    Mr. Curtis has been a teacher at Chateaux for over 15 years.  He started out as a prekindergarten teacher and has taught both 2nd and 3rd grade.  Mr. Curtis walks quietly but carries a big stick. J  It is rare that you will hear him raise his voice or appear frustrated or angry.  He is a no-nonsense teacher with tons of tolerance and patience.  His calm nature shows his students just how much he cares for them.  He sets high expectations for his students in his class and handles difficult and sometimes awkward situtuations with ease.  His organization and problem solving ability is what also makes his 2nd grade classroom one of the best at Chateaux.  His students rarely dissapoint and they always rise to the occasion when necessary. When you see his class in the hallway or about the building, you know who they are because they are usually the most Respectful, Responsible, and Safe students. Mr. Curtis is our school union representation and also works as a part-time fireman.  He is married with 2 children.  Congratulations, Mr. Curtis, it is an honor to have you on our staff and you are truly one of the best that Chateaux has to offer!

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  • Fieldcrest School - Mr. Davis

    by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2019

    Mr. Antonio Davis developed a passion for educating youth from a high school teacher at Simeon Vocational who played a major role in shaping him to become the man he is today. From there, he attended the University of Illinois@ Urbana-Champaign and received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications.  Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he began working as a para-professional. He absolutely loved this line of work, but felt he could do more to impact the young adults he came across.  He then enrolled at Concordia University @River-Forest, and received a Master’s of Arts in Teaching along with his certification. This is the 10th year overall as an educator, but 4th as a classroom teacher. Mr. Davis is a proud husband and has been married to his lovely wife for five years. He has four children, Jeremiah(16), Ryan(8), Autumn(4) and Madison(2). Most of his time away from work is dedicated to making sure all of their needs are met. He is a huge sports fan! The Bears and Cubs are his favorite teams. A perfect day for him begins with instilling wisdom in children during the day, family time in the evening, and ends watching a ball game on television.

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  • Highlands School - Ms. Sanchez-Bates

    by Highlands Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Sanchez-Bates, CCII teacher, works with her students daily to help them reach their full potential. She is always willing to help her colleagues, and she consistently supports events at Highlands School. She is a dedicated and caring teacher, and she contributes to the positive climate at Highlands School.

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  • Mae Jemison School - Ms. Lee

    by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Lee is a first year Pre-K teacher at Mae Jemison. She is from Country Club Hills, Illinois and a District 144 alumni. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University. Her favorite subject to teach is Reading, because she belives that a solid foundation in literacy is very important. When she is not at school, she likes to spend her time dancing, shopping, and traveling. 

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  • Markham Park School - Ms. Ivey

    by Markham Park Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Ivey is April Teacher of the Month at Markham Park School. She is very helpful, kind and respectful to students and coworkers. Whenever in need she is there to give advice and is always willing to help. Ms. Ivey is always pleasant to work with and to be around she has been a wealth of knowledge to all of us. She has been in the District for many many years everybody loves Ms. Ivey. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!!!

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  • Nob Hill School - Mr. Nowotarski

    by Nob Hill Year Published: 2019

    As a first year teacher Mr. Nowotarski has truly shown that when you come in and show your greatest EFFORT, you can be one of the BEST teachers!  Mr. Nowotarski shows that he is receptive to feedback and always willing to improve his pedagogy for the sake of our students.  He continues to greet every family and student in the mornings during safe passage; as well as, during the end of the day.  He is faithful in ensuring or students are safe.  Mr. Nowotarski also represents as our discipline committee representative, and one of our STEM coordinators.  He volunteers during our science fair and for other evening events.  Mr. Nowotarski is a team player; he keeps a smile on his face and consistently works at being one of Nob Hill’s Best! Go Nowotarski!    

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  • Prairie-Hills Jr. High School - Mr. Tekiela

    by PHJH Year Published: 2019

    Prairie Hills Junior High is excited to announce Mr. John Tekiela as the April teacher of the month.  Mr. Tekiela joined the PHJH family last school year and has been a great addition to the ELA department and the seventh grade team. He brings mutliple years of educational experience as well as his business expertise to our students. Rain or shine, hot or cold, Mr. Tekiela greets PHJH student each morning as they get off the bus.  His passion and goals are to use the skills and talents that she acquired throughout the years to enhance the learners he encounter.   Mr. Tekiela loves sports and is a big fan of Chicago pro teams. He coaches the PHJH baseball team, helping our young men understand the techniques and strategies of the game. He has three wonderful children of his own and has been married to his lifetime sweetheart for over 20 years.

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