• All award incentives were contributed by Dr. Kimako Patterson, Superintendent


  • Chateaux School - All Certified Staff

    by Chateaux Year Published: 2020

    To nominate just one certified member of Chateaux would not be fair.  Each and every certified staff member who returned to us this year did so out of dedication, loyalty and support of the initiative we have here at Chateaux and PHESD 144 and that is to teach, love and nurture our community’s children.  To open up school this year was a daunting task that each and every certified staff member rose to the occasion and opted in!  From creating lesson plans and creating a welcoming in-person and virtual environment where students can learn, the certified staff of Chateaux have risen and supported not only the children of Chateaux but have shown concern for their families and for each other.  Teachers, social workers, reading specialists, speech-language pathologists, therapists, instructional coaches…they are all a part of what makes Chateaux Great! They are one of the reasons why Chateaux is one of School Sparrow’s Top 30 hidden gems in the South Suburbs of the educational community and the reason why Chateaux is the place to be! Thank you is not enough for how they always rally together for the betterment of our school, district and community.  They don’t just make Chateaux a better school, they make Chateaux a Great School! #We Are One…PHESD144 - Chateaux School.

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  • Fieldcrest School - Ms. Betton

    by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2020

    Myrtis L. Betton graduated from Governors State University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work.  Myrtis worked as a social service coordinator for a number of years before becoming an at home wife and mother. During this time, she became a Parent Teacher’s Organization (P.T.O.) President for 2 four-year terms.  As well as volunteered her services to other community service organizations. October 9, 2009 Mrs. Betton began her journey as an educator; with Prairie Hills School District 144. Mrs. Betton has served as Substitute Teacher in each of the different locations.Ms. Betton’s greatest accomplishments are: Wife and Mother, Helping Others, and Impacting so many lives in a good way

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  • Highlands School - Ms. Hendzell

    by Highlands Year Published: 2020

    Team Player of the YEAR goes to….Ms. Hendzell!  Not only has she rendered years of service to our District 144 as a teacher, she’s been committed to our Highlands Family as our Social Club Coordinator.  Ms. Hendzell always supports any staff member that she can by making them feel welcomed, supported and appreciated!  Ms. Hendzell is in love with teaching our children, especially our 4th grade students.  Ms. Hendzell continues to go above and beyond the call of duty.  She continues to keep everyone informed and on task.  Ms. Hendzell is also one of our After School teachers.  She continues to communicate with administration and her colleagues to ensure we always value our children first.  Ms. Hendzell arrives to work early and gives 100% each day even if she’s not present physically.  Thank you Mama Hendzell for being the Mother Bear of our Highlands Family!  Thank you for ALL you DO!   We appreciate your commitment to our students, our Highlands Family and our District! Congratulations!     

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  • Mae Jemison School - Ms. Barry

    by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2020

    Ms. Barry, physical education teacher, is always willing to assist the school and her colleagues in any way that she can. She is an essential part of every daily activity at our school, and she supports us achieving our mission and vision. Ms. Barry provides engaging lessons for our students. Her lessons meet the needs of our students, both remote and in-person. Ms. Barry's preparation and planning as evident, and she makes learning fun for all students. Ms. Barry helps to make Mae Jemison School a wonderful place to be!

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  • Markham Park School - Ms. Ivey

    by Markham Park Year Published: 2020

    Ms. Jeanna Ivey is Our Literacy Coach at Markham Park School. She goes above and beyond in our building helping wherever she is needed. Our Staff can call on Ms. Ivey for anything and she is so easy going. She is able to uphold a positive and friendly environment is also a good team player. She collaborates and compromise which make her work effectively. Kuddos to you Ms. Ivey  

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  • Nob Hill School - Ms. Rowan

    by Nob Hill Year Published: 2020

    This is Ms. Casey Rowan’s third year teaching and she feels very lucky to be a part of the wonderful staff at Nob Hill. Gooo Tigers! She grew up on the Southside of Chicago and stills resides there. She has her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Saint Xavier University. Ms. Rowan is the 2020-2021 PBIS Coach for Nob Hill. She enjoys her family and friends.

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

    by PHJH Year Published: 2020

    Mrs. Latisha Brady has been with District 144 for 8 years.  She is an 7th grade math teacher.  She is an avid traveler, loves bowling and has recently found a knack for party planning!

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