• All award incentives were contributed by 

    Mrs. Julia Veazey, Assistant Superintendent


  • Chateaux School - Ms. L. Green

    by Chateaux Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Green is the epitome of loyalty, dedication and longevity.  She has been a part of PHESD144 for 20+ years and staff member at CH for 15+ of those years. Ms. Green rarely misses a day and her students know it.  Rain, sleet, snow or shine, she makes the trek from Indiana each day and if she isn’t here they know it and want to know where she is and when is she coming in.  You will see her every morning at the “Chateaux Corral” checking in some our most precious children and there in the evening checking them out.  Not only is she the voice reason but she is the negotiator, the mentor and stabilizer that many of our children need.  She gives support staff, students and also the parents of Chateaux.  If they are in need of anything, they can confidentially count on her to find a way to get them the answers and support they need.  She leads RtI (Response to Intervention) groups, is our Girls SW.A.G.G. Leader, Career Day Coordinator and volunteers on many Chateaux family night committees and assists with many events.  She is also the 2nd in Command to our Principal.  When making her rounds about the school each day, she greets every student and staff member with a smile, checks in to make sure you’re ok, encourages you to have a good day!  Ms. Green is one of the most helpful, giving people anyone could know.  She is a graduate from the University of Illinois-Champagne/Urbana….”Go Blue and Orange!” and loves going to the movies.   Kudos to you Ms. Green, you’re dedication to Chateaux is something that we definitely could not live without. We are better because you are a part of the Chateaux and PHESD144 family!


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  • Fieldcrest School - Ms. Bendik

    by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Bendik teaches 4th Grade at Fieldcrest, Home of the Eagles. This is her second year teaching at Fieldcrest and she loves it!  The unity among the staff is priceless and we are a family. The students and their parents are wonderful and know the value of education. She is very humbled by receiving this award. Ms. Bendik wishes to thank all the staff, students & families who nominated her for Teacher of the Month. Ms. Bendik has been a part of District 144 for over 20 years, and came here fresh out of college. She has taught at the following schools:  Highlands, Chateaux, & now Fieldcrest. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education at National Louis University. Ms. Bendik has been a part of many programs & on many committees throughout the years. Some of the programs/committees include STEM, STEAM, technology, Family Nights, student council, gifted, the after school program and many more. She has also participated in countless after school activities, to show her support of the students & staff that she loves. In her spare time, she really enjoys the solitude and peacefulness of the great outdoors, relaxing in her cabin in the Northern woods.  She really enjoys photography and hanging out with family & friends! 🙂

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  • Highlands School - Ms. Gewont

    by Highlands Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Gewont, kindergarten teacher, has been described by her colleagues as, "An amazing teacher and mentor, who always keeps her children on the right path." She works collaboratively with team members, and she consistently participates in our evening school events. Ms. Gewont helps to make Highlands a wonderful place to be!!!

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  • Mae Jemison School - Ms. Plump

    by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Plump is delighted to be November's Teacher of the Month. This is her fourth year teaching 3rd grade and it is an absolute pleasure to be doing what she loves everyday. Witnessing the growth of her students whether it be academically, behaviorally, socially, or emotionally is such a rewarding feeling. With the constant collaboration and assistance of her peers, she is able to put forth her best instrution practivces to be able help her students succeed. Ms. Plump would like to thank you for recognizing her love and passion for her profession!

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  • Markham Park School - Ms. Beamon

    by Markham Park Year Published: 2019

    This month Teacher of the Month goes to Ms. Beamon! She is the Lead Teacher for 3rd - 5th grade and is amazing at what she does. She also does a lot around this district as far as S.W.A.G.G., Little Ladies, S.Y.K.E.S., and after-school program. Ms. Beamon goes above and beyond for her students and peers and is absolutely an awesome teacher. She has been in District 144 for 5 years and she also works the Summer School program every year. As you can see Ms. Beamon is hard working and don't mind stepping up to the plate. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication. 

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  • Nob Hill School - Ms. Dearman

    by Nob Hill Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Dearman is a teacher you can truly count on to uphold the high expectations we have at Nob Hill.  She truly enforces the idea that all children can and should learn, while promoting Effort over Excuses.  Ms. Dearman is very calm and collective, but also a force to be reckoned with.  When it comes to being Nob Hill’s BEST, she ensure our students don’t take it lightly.  Because she can be trusted to do what’s in the best interest of children, she has the responsibility of playing the role of 2nd in command.  This year, Ms. Dearman also took on the challenge of being a fifth grade teacher.  Every year Ms. Dearman adapts her lessons and improves her pedagogy to adjust and do what is BEST for our students and TEAM!  She is the team leader for our auxiliary staff and ensures they are communicated to continuously. During our after school program she works with our primary students to ensure they are proficient in the fundamentals of both Reading and Math.  As a mentor, Ms. Dearman continues to share concepts with her colleagues that will enhance their pedagogy and each child’s learning process.  Ms. Dearman has a sunshine personality and a selfless heart.  Congratulations Ms. Dearman you are one of Nob Hill’s Best!

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  • Prairie-Hills Jr. High School - Ms. Stewart-Harris

    by PHJH Year Published: 2019

    Mrs. Tanisha Stewart-Harris, one of PHJH’s School Counselors. Ms. Harris joined the district in 2006 as a teacher at the Junior High. Junior. Ms. Harris is very passionate about being a professional helper and assisting those students with home and school concerns. She enjoys engaging the students in hands-on activities centered around topics like self-respect, citizenship and bullying. Ms. Harris is also a team player who share ideas and offer solutions when needed. She is very supportive and task-oriented. Outside of her work, Ms. Harris enjoys hanging out with her family and close friends. She loves to watch movies, listen to her favorite music, going to concerts, shopping and reading.  Her most important roles are being a wife and mother. Speaking of being a mother, she’s a serious basketball mom. Congrats to Ms. Tanisha Stewart-Harris, PHJH’s Teacher of the Month!

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  • Primary Learning Center - Ms. Bernat

    by PLC Year Published: 2019

    Ms. Bernat works as a teacher at the Primary L earning Center. She has worked in the district for several years and has found her passion in Pre-kindergarten. She is dedicated to her craft and her students. She sits on the District Discipline Committee, as well as the PBIS Committee. Ms. Bernat is the mother of 3 doting daughters.  And PLC is loving that one of our Superstars is shining bright!

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