• All award incentives were contributed by

     Dr. Kimako Patterson, Superintendent


  • Chateaux School - Ms. Shaffer

    by Chateaux Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Shaffer is a second-year teacher here at Chateaux.  She came to us directly out of college and has never looked back.  On any given day, you will find Ms. Shaffer here before most teachers and she will be here well into the evening after everyone has gone.  The word is out that Ms. Shaffer is the teacher to have!  Not only does she teach with the care and kindness that our students need, she is innovative and is always looking “outside the box” to challenge and motivate her students.  During this last summer, she was awarded a Donors Choose project, where she was able to obtain ergonomic chairs for her entire class.  Students receive their chairs and get to use them as long as they are working hard, turning in homework and maintaining high Chateaux Colt behavior standards, if not, they have to trade it in for a regular chair but they are always able to earn it back!  Because of her original and creative spirit, students are now excited about 5th grade and can’t wait to be a student in her class.  Ms. Shaffer is one of our After School Teachers, volunteers on several Family Night committees, and she is currently the coach for our Girls Volleyball team.  She is a shining example of how a teacher should take a vested interest in the kids and community she teaches in and how to actively be engaged from her first day teaching with her students, staff members and district. Kudos to you Ms. Shaffer, we are so proud that you are a part of the Chateaux and PHESD144 family!

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  • Fieldcrest School - Ms. McGee

    by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2019

    Ms. McGee has worked in education since 2004.  She began working at Fieldcrest in 2015 as a Kindergarten teacher and she happily works in that same position today.  She also coaches Fieldcrest’s cheerleading team.  In her spare time, she loves volunteering to cook for charities, singing in the choir, and d.i.y. projects.  Ms. McGee believes that everyone has potential and she loves to help people reach their fullest potential.

    Ms. McGee’s favorite quotes: “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”-Author Unknown


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  • Highlands School - Ms. Olbera

    by Highlands Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Olbera is the resource teacher at Highlands. She also is our PBIS Universal Coach, and helps to ensure that all students needs are being met emotionally and socially. Ms. Olbera works diligently with her students to ensure that they are reaching their full potential. She is always willing to help in any way that she can, and she assists at most of our evening programs. Ms. Olbera has established a wonderful rapport with staff, students, and parents, and she is an integral part of making Highlands a wonderful place to be!

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  • Mae Jemison School - Ms. Russell

    by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Russell has been a Pre-K teacher for 12 years. She is still a fairly new mother. Ms. Russell loves her job and the interactions that she has with the children and parents on a daily basis. She loves crafting as a hobby on her spare time. Ms. Russell is a dope teacher.

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  • Markham Park School - Ms. Ivey

    by Markham Park Year Published: 2019

    This Month Teacher of the Month Goes to Ms. Ivey!!! Our staff nominated her and said such great things about her. She's helpful, stepping up and doing amazing things. She is also patient, kind, and understanding. She is also very hard working. Ms. Ivey has a new position as Markham Park's Literacy Coach and is already doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work!! Kudos to You!!!

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  • Nob Hill School - Ms. Steffl

    by Nob Hill Year Published: 2019

    What a beautiful smile for such a beautiful woman.  Ms. Steffl is in her 2nd 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 is one of our after school teachers, she supports our homework help program as a sub, and she joined our reading, math and technology night committees.  Ms. Steffl also volunteered to work with our third grade students on their technology board meeting 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!

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

    by PHJH Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Lee has been an educator for 26 years now. Ms. Lee earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. Ms. Lee is one of PHJH’s 8th grade ELA Teachers. Ms. Lee goes above and beyond to help her students grow academically and personally. She maintains high standards for each of her students. The behavior strategies and instructional best practices Ms. Lee implements daily yields tangible results. Ms. Lee supports her colleagues and lends a helping hand when needed. When Ms. Lee is not planning hands-on activities for her students, she is reading, traveling and enjoying time with her family and friends. She is also a dedicated servant of the Lighthouse Church of All Nations. She volunteers her time with several organizations. Ms. Lee is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Women’s Educational International Society. Ms. Lee’s professional goals include earning a doctoral degree and becoming principal. I think it is safe to say, we all believe Ms. Lee will attain her goals. Thank you Ms. Lee for being a vital asset to the PHESD 144 family!    

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  • Primary Learning Center - Ms. Millay

    by PLC Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Millay understands the importance of being a lifelong learner. She is in pursuit of her ESL endorsement while working on her 3rd year in education.  She spends her summers working as a Program Director for a local Girl Scout Camp and she aims for the mark while teaching archery on the weekends.  She volunteers and mentors little girls from a local Girl Scout Troop. Lastly, she is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Ms. Millay, says, "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game". The PLC family never denies that Christina Millay is a PLC SUPERSTAR!

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