All award incentives were contributed by
Mr. Kenneth Smith, PHJH Principal, Ms. Theresa Smith, PHJH Assistant Principal, Mr. Timothy Hurd, Mae Jemison Assistant Principal
by Chateaux Year Published: 2020
Ms. Craig is one of our most dedicated staff members here at PHESD 144 and Chateaux School. She has been a member of our district for 19 years and a dedicated teacher at Chateaux for the last seven years. As our lead kindergarten teacher she is one of our most valuable resources. Ms. Craig is also our S.Y.K.E.S. (gifted program) teacher and coordinator, she is the PBIS team coach as well as a part of our SLT team, she also teaches in the afterschool program. As many hats as she wears, the one she wears best is that of nurturer. Ms. Craig has a calm and quiet spirit. Her common sense approach, funny wit but loving spirit makes it easy not only for first-time students but their parents as well to quickly adjust to elementary school life. Ms. Craig is always willing to lend a hand wherever needed and she often stays for many afterschool activities and family functions. Ms. Craig is truly appreciated and valued beyond measure. Chateaux School salutes you!
by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2020
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.
by Highlands Year Published: 2020
Ms. Phyllis Hendzell: Ms. Hendzell, 4th grade teacher, is always willing to help her colleagues at Highlands School. She consistently assists at our family night events, she is our student council sponsor, and she heads our social club committee. Ms. Hendzell works diligently to support our mission to help all students reach their full potential, and her efforts help to make Highlands a wonderful place to be!
by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2020
Ms. Chinske is a first year fourth grade teacher at Mae Jemison School. This is her seventeenth year in PHSD144. Ms. Chinske believes education is a partnership between home and school. She values her parent's involvement at every level and encourages parents to partner with her as their child journeys through 4th grade with her. Ms. Chinske knows in order for everyone in the partnership to be effective, they need to be able to communicate. Ms. Chinske enjoys her students and take an interest in each and every one of the students. She takes her job seriously and is passionate about education.
by Markham Park Year Published: 2020
Ms. Setterstrom is this month teacher of the month. She has taken the lead in KDG helping the new teacher. She is our Kindergarten Teacher. This is her 2nd year at Markham Park but her 16th year in the district. She assists Pre-K with students who misbehave during nap time. Ms. Setterstrom does not complain when you call on her, she is dependable. She is easy to get along with and a great person to talk to.Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
by Nob Hill Year Published: 2020
Ms. Rowan may be a second year teacher to our Primary Team, but she is a true natural! Ms. Rowan is our only First grade teacher, and the EFFORT she puts into her pedagogy and building relationships with her colleagues and students, compares to none. Ms. Rowan has high expectations for herself as well as her students. On any given day, you can find Ms. Rowan discovering new apps, best practices, sample questions and activities to incorporate within her classroom. The BEST part is Ms. Rowan believes in TEAM work! She shares new practices and useful information with her colleagues. Ms. Rowan ensures that every student is engaged and learning with movement, songs and classroom discussions. Many of our parents appreciate the photos, projects and “positive happenings” that she shares on DOJO. Ms. Rowan has contributed to our evening events and continues to wear a sunshine smile daily. Say cheese Ms. Rowan, we at Nob Hill appreciate you being here! You are one of Nob Hill’s BEST!
by PHJH Year Published: 2020
Ms. Marban is currently in her second year of teaching. She teaches 7th grade CCIII classes to very eager and helpful students here at the Junior High. Ms. Marban tutors during the afterschool program to provide her students with additional support. Ms. Marban also volunteers as a Girls Scout Troop Leader. Ms. Marban enjoys spending time with her family and playing tennis. Most people don’t know this, but Ms. Marban has a twin sister! Ms. Marban looks forward to a bright and eventful future. She plans on earning her Master of Science in Special Education and becoming a homeowner. KUDOS to Ms. Marban, Prairie-Hills Junior High School’s Teacher of the Month!
by PLC Year Published: 2020
Ms. Hung is the Pre-Kindergarten Coordinator. She has worked in District 144 for 22 years! She has worked as a Gen Ed teacher and Sped teacher during her tenure. She is an avid shopper and she loves to give to others. Her heart is for the students and parents she serve. She is like a walking memory book. You can ask her about any family present or past and she will remember them as if they were one of her own family members. This is why the PLC family is glad to call her one of our very own Superstars!