All award incentives were contributed by
Ms. Tiffany Burnett-Johnson, Highlands Principal and Mr. Glenn Greene, Chateaux Principal
by Chateaux Year Published: 2019
Ms. McGarr, started her career here at Chateaux and his been here for 17 years. She initially started teaching in kindergarten and then moved to 1st grade. Although, she recently married last year, you will often hear both students and staff affectionately still call her “Ms. D”. Ms. McGarr is an important part of not just the Chateaux Family but our 1st grade team. She embodies and embraces the meaning of team by how well she collaborates with others and her valuable input and support of new ideas. She does a phenomenal job making sure that students learn how to become self-sufficient and independent when coming from kindergarten and quickly help them make the adjustment. Her quick wit and friendly caring demeanor make 1st grade a fun place to be. You will often see both her and her partner dressing alike as well as creating fun and interesting activities around holidays and special occasions as well as coming up with fun ideas for school events. Ms. McGarr is a member of the District Science Committee and spearheads our school social committee to assure that both PHESD 144 and Chateaux School our “EXCELLENT”. Ms. McGarr is a long time faculty member, rock and anchor that our school and children can always depend on! Congratulations to you, Ms. McGarr!
by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2019
Ms. Crystal Grant is new to the Fieldcrest Family and is elated to not only be here, but to have been chosen as Teacher of the Month. While completing her degree at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she knew that educating children would be her passion. She has been involved in the educational field for over 10 years, with Pre-K being at the top of her list. Ms. Grant has a strong bond with her students and parents. She is also passionate about helping them succeed. Ms. Grant is the youngest of 2 children and the aunt of a 2 year old nephew. She loves music and during her college experience she was able to perform at the Presidential Inauguration for the 44th President. She believes that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.
by Highlands Year Published: 2019
Ms. Rebecca Linzy, 4th grade teacher, displays her enthusiasm and love of teaching every day. She has established an excellent rapport with students, parents, and staff. She motivates her students to reach their full potential because she truly believes that her students are capable of greatness. Ms. Linzy serves as the second-in-command at Highlands, and she is always supportive of Highland's efforts to reach the next level of excellence. Ms. Linzy is an incredible teacher, and an asset to Highlands School.
by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2019
Ms. Spain has been in Prairie Hills for over 20 years. She has worked at Chateaux, PAC and now Mae Jemison. She is currently our 1st grade teacher and does and awesome job preparing them for bigger and better things. Outside of school, Ms. Spain enjoys golfing and attending the numerous athletic events of her 2 children.
by Markham Park Year Published: 2019
Ms. Bratlien is Markham Park’s May teacher of the Month. She is new to district 144 this school year. She is a new first grade teacher and is doing a fantastic job. Kudos Ms. Bratlien keep up the good work!
by Nob Hill Year Published: 2019
Can you believe it? Ms. Steffl is at the finish line for completing her first year as a third grade teacher. Ms. Steffl is a very honest and compassionate teacher. On any given day you can walk by her classroom and see students either working on a google doc, learning with kinesthetic movements and songs, and/or working in small groups on a project. Ms. Steffl is team player; she joined our reading, math and technology night committees, and conducted stations for each parent to learn a best practice. Ms. Steffl also volunteered to work with our third grade students on their technology fair projects. Because Ms. Steffl wants to improve academic excellence for all of our students, she continues to attend team meetings and share resources and websites that will benefit any teacher with engaging lessons. Look out world… Ms. Steffl is young, educated and has a SMILE worth a million dollars. Keep Rising to the TOP Ms. Steffl! You are one of Nob Hill’s BEST!
by PHJH Year Published: 2019
Mrs. H.B.- Chipley is one of Prairie-Hills Junior High Social Studies teachers. She has actually led the Social Studies Department for over 5 years, and has been a part of the Mustang family for over 8 years. Mrs. H.B.-Chipley works diligently building positive relationships with students, teachers, and parents. She is involved in several mentoring programs here at PHJH. She heads the SWAGG mentoring program, co-leads the S.K.Y.E.S program, and is a teacher mentor. Mrs. H.B.- Chipley has volunteered to chaperoned all 8th grade field trips to Washington D.C. and New York City over the past three years. She is also part of the school interview team helping administration select wonderful staff members to serve our students. Mrs. H.B.-Chipley is an asset to the PHJH entire community and is very deserving to be selected as teacher of the month for May 2019.