• All award incentives were contributed by Ms. Theresa Smith, Nob Hill's Principal, Dr. Kenneth Scott, Assistant Superintendent, and Mr. Milton Leathers, Math Interventionist


  • Chateaux School - Ms. Farmer

    by Chateaux Year Published: 2021

    Ms. Farmer is truly one of Chateaux’s rare gems!  Over the last 3 years, Ms. Farmer has been our preferred option as a long term substitute for our teachers here at Chateaux.  She has dedicated her time and talents to our staff and children whenever asked.  During this COVID-19 crisis when many teachers did want to or could not return to the classroom, when we asked Ms. Farmer if she could assist us when we needed help, without hesitation, she agreed to come into our building, trust our district and teacher our children when we needed someone to serve!  Ms. Farmer has served Chateaux School unselfishly and tirelessly, often coming to work before most others and was often the last to leave each day.  Although classified as a long-term substitute, she is no substitute in our eyes.  She has and will be a permanent member of the Chateaux family.  The word “substitute” infers that there are other options, however, as far as we are concerned, when we need someone who is reliable, dependable, dedicated, talented, nurturing and caring she is our one and only option!  Ms. Farmer has a no-nonsense approach to teaching and always pushes her students to work their hardest.  She is attentive to their needs and makes sure that whatever those needs are, they are met!  Her dedication and call to service to Chateaux and our students is beyond measure.  Thank you for all that you have done for us at Chateaux School and PHESD144! #WEARE ONE!

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  • Fieldcrest School - Ms. Woods-Lenore

    by Fieldcrest Year Published: 2021

    Beverly Lenore is a Kindergarten teacher who is dedicated to providing creative and effective teaching practices for her students.  With eleven years of education experience, six years with Prairie Hills School District at Fieldcrest Elementary and five years in Chicago’s inner city, she values the importance of an engaging and rigorous classroom.  Mrs. Lenore earned her Master’s degree at Olivet Nazarene University and a Teaching Certification at Trinity Christian College.  During her time in education, she has worked with preschool through fifth grades.  Beverly is a part of Prairie Hills School district’s 21st Century teacher program and has served as a district mentor, S.Y.K.E.S.  and SWAGG coordinator. Believing that a good teacher can have a transformative effect on students, Mrs. Lenore challenges herself every day to ignite the minds of young people.  She recognizes that the 21st century student possesses extraordinary abilities and these minds benefit from opportunities to critically think, problem solve and engage with materials in ways that will allow them to become future world leaders and changers. Mrs. Lenore absolutely adores being a member of the Fieldcrest community, amongst such amazing staff and students.   She has been married for twenty years, has three sons, and loves to travel, cook and spend time with family.

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  • Highlands School - Ms. Madden-Jones

    by Highlands Year Published: 2021

    Ms. Madden-Jones is one of our caring 5th grade teachers at Highlands.  She is always providing support and guidance with our new teachers, especially the teachers whom she shares students with.  Ms. Madden-Jones has a reserved; yet, helpful spirit.  In the beginning of the year, Ms. Madden-Jones supported all staff by sharing her knowledge and wisdom relative to google classroom and some of the other resources to assist with our online students.  Ms. Madden-Jones also shares and provides guidance when applicable.  When you may have tech issues you can consult her, but you can also consult her when you have issues with our laminatorJ.   Ms. Madden-Jones continues to communicate with our families and ensures that all of our 5th graders understand the seriousness of receiving an Education.  Because Ms. Madden-Jones wants to see our 5th graders succeed, she continues to communicate with parents about their grades and attendance.  Thank you Ms. Madden-Jones for caring for our children.  We, at Highlands, appreciate ALL YOU DO!  Congratulations!          

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  • Mae Jemison School - Ms. Fuery

    by Mae Jemison Year Published: 2021

    Ms. Furey, 3rd grade teacher, works diligently to motivate her students to succeed. She always collaborates with her colleagues, and she brings creative ideas to the social committee to uplift her colleagues during the school year. Ms. Furey demonstrates her dedication to the school and district daily, and she helps to make Mae Jemison School a wonderful place to be!

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  • Markham Park School - Mr. Williams

    by Markham Park Year Published: 2021

    This Month Teacher of the Month is Mr. Cory Williams. Mr. Williams is an awesome 3rd grade teacher. He has been in the district for over twenty years. Mr. Williams is very outspoken and tell it like it is. He doesn’t mind helping out whenever he is needed he is like a big brother in the building. Thank you for all your hard work!!!!!!

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  • Nob Hill School - Ms. Young

    by Nob Hill Year Published: 2021

    Ms. Young have been with District 144 for 26 years! She was a classroom teacher for 22 of those years teaching grades K-6th in several schools in the district.  Ms. Young has had the pleasure of being a Literacy Coach for the last 4 years, starting at Markham Park School and now at Nob Hill School! She enjoys spending time with my family, cooking, playing games and traveling. She also likes watching movies, and she really like movies based on real events and documentaries. She’s a Chicago sports fan and like cheering for the Bears, Bulls and especially the Cubs.

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

    by PHJH Year Published: 2021

    Currently, Ms. McGill is teaching 8th grade Science at the wonderful Prairie Hills Junior High School.  An awesome fact about her is that she has enjoyed 32 years of teaching in Prairie Hills School District 144.  She started her journey at Chateaux School.  After Chateaux, she had her first run at PHJH.  From there, she served at Markham Park.  Sensing the love for her "home" school, she returned to Chateaux to enjoy four more years.  She sailed off to Mae Jemison for more years of teaching excitement.  The passage brings her to her current position where the exploration continues to be exciting and rewarding.  She says, "I cannot wait to see what is next on my educational itinerary!"     

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