Thank you 

The CPS community recognizes a group of individuals who give it their all, day in and day out: Teachers.

November 23, 2009

This week marks the start of the holiday season, a time when everyone is giving and saying thanks.


And we’d like to start the season off right by saying to CPS teachers, past, present and future: Thank you.


Awhile back we asked the question on, "What CPS teacher or staff member has made a difference in your life or your child’s life?" 


View the responses below. But don’t just stop there. After you read this story, reach out to your favorite teacher or your child’s favorite teacher and give him or her a big “thanks” for everything they do.   

Teachers, Henry O’ Tanner Elementary School

“I am thankful for all the wonderful teachers at Tanner that work with my son.”


Jane Bushue, Jonathan Y. Scammon Elementary School

“I want to congratulate Mrs. Bushue, a 2nd grade teacher at Scammon. She is a very dedicated teacher. My daughter and her classmates are happy to be in her class. She is very kind and caring.”


Tracey Kenny and Dielma Negron, Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood Center

“I would have to say that Ms. Tracey Kenny and Mrs. Dielma Negron from the Belmont Cragin Early Childhood Center…They are my daughters Pre-K teachers. They are loving, kind and caring to each and every one of their students. They are the best and have really helped my little ones get ready for kindergarten. We love them.”


Pamela Lugg, Betsy Ross Elementary School

“My 4th and 5th grade teacher, Ms. Pamela Lugg, has made not only a difference in my life, but has also impacted my decision making process. She was a teacher who taught me the skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. Ms. Lugg has inspired many students. She is one of the reasons I started at the YMCA as a counselor, and am now the program director. She is one of the reasons I received a 4-year scholarship to Claflin University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She continues to play a great role in my life with the advice she gives and her warm and sincere heart.”  


Staff, Blair Elementary School

“I would vote for the entire staff at Blair. From the bus drivers to the aids to the therapists, teachers, principal and vice principal. It’s a great school, with great people and great services.”


John Navarro, Jose De Diego Elementary School

“Mr. John Navarro is someone to be proud of. My daughter was in his 5th grade class and he challenged her in a way that she has never been challenged. She struggled at times but his dedication to his students is unbelievable. He was very supportive and firm, and brought out the best in her. She is in the 6th grade now and wishes she could be in his class again. He is hard working, dedicated and an all around great person. He is definitely an asset to the education field and Jose De Diego is very lucky to have him on their staff.


Agnieszka Przeslicke, Roosevelt High School

“Aggie Przeslicke is a truly amazing teacher that always goes above and beyond with her students and her colleagues. She teaches advanced placement, organizes the history fair, and previously led the National Honor Society and the Social Student Department as Chair. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with tremendous gifts. She convinced me to embark on National Board Certification. She has been my mentor and has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to me, the process, and to being a model educator. She deserves all the accolades she can get.”


Ann Reis, Solomon Elementary School

“I think the teacher or staff member that has made a difference in my life is Ms. Reis. She is our science teacher at Solomon. She is the teacher who is really preparing us for high school.”


Patricia Walsh, Gompers Elementary; Elmary Williams, Washington High School

“Patricia Walsh from Gompers Elementary (1980) and Elmary Williams from Washington High School (1989)…20 years after graduating high school, I still feel the impact that these two teachers instilled in me. The message was the same from both: "Do your best." "Never stop learning." "Keep trying to get better and better." I have carried that philosophy with me through my life and career. They truly made a difference.”


Michelle Govea, Josiah Pickard Elementary

“I would like to share my story about this wonderful teacher who changed my daughter’s life. My daughter always looked up to her 7th grade teacher, Michelle Govea. Because of this wonderful woman my daughter is in college today. She instilled hope in my child to never give up on her future no matter how tough things got. The students in our community are now moving on to become great leaders because of the love, dedication, devotion and hope that she gives to these children.”


Janice Oleari- Kurotobi, Carpenter Elementary School

“Janice has been a teacher and a mother. In her Pre-K classroom, she has nurtured and guided my child in academics and daily skills. I am very happy my child is in her class.”


Alvino Shinn, Daniel Webster Elementary

Robin McEwen, Palmer Elementary

“The only bright spot at school this year has been Robin McEwen. She has taken a stand and stood up for our children’s education. She really embodies what a teacher should be. She needs to be noticed and applauded for her tremendous job.”

Leslie Gordon, Michele Clark Elementary

“My son had a lot of academic issues last year but one teacher stood out and was always contacting me either by phone or email. She remained his advocate through the entire school year until he graduated 8th grade. There are not a lot of teachers who give themselves so freely. I will miss her in my son's life.”


Staff, Crispus Attucks Elementary 

“The entire staff at Crispus Attucks Community Academy welcomed my daughter with open arms four years ago when she entered their preschool program. She is now in 1st grade and doing quite well. When the school was moved from 3813 S. Dearborn to 5055 S. State, there was some concern about how well the school would be able to function. However they handled it very well and you wouldn't know upon entering the building that they hadn't been there for years.”


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