School District 54

School District 54 is committed to ensuring the academic success and social-emotional well being of our more than 15,000 students. District 54 is the largest elementary school district in the State of Illinois.

We serve about 15,000 students from birth through eighth grade in five junior high schools, 21 elementary schools and one school with children from kindergarten through eighth grade and our new early learning center for children ages birth through five who are at-risk or have Individualized Education Plans. We opened the Early Learning Center in 2014 and approved a free, full-day kindergarten program at all of our elementary schools in 2015 to support our youngest learners. Research consistently demonstrates the academic and social-emotional benefits children receive from these programs. We also continue to focus on collaborative learning through Professional Learning Communities. PLCs operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous, job-embedded learning for educators. Our staff includes 1,288 certified teachers and other personnel who support the teachers, including mentors; instructional coaches in literacy, math, bilingual and technology; gifted instruction teachers; bilingual resource teachers and special education teachers at each school site. All of our resource teachers not only support the classroom teachers, but work directly with students during daily math and literacy acceleration blocks in every school. District 54 provides a measurable, standards-based curriculum that expands opportunities for engaged learning for all students. Whether in special education, general education or gifted classes, students are taught by highly trained teachers. All District 54 schools also practice PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports). Teaching social behaviors creates a positive school climate and supports social-emotional learning and our focus on meeting the needs of the whole child. With these supports, student achievement continues to grow. District 54 is in the top 5 percent of all districts in Illinois, based on the PARCC assessment and the percentage of students who meet and exceed in both math and reading are nearly double the state average. We are able to provide our students with these supports due to our fiscal stability and responsibility. District 54 has had a balanced operating budget for more than 20 years and has been debt free since 2011. District 54 has earned a rating of Aaa, the highest, most prestigious rating from Moody’s Investors Service.

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05/11/2021

Our first #54Retiree of the day is Kathleen Haselton, a second-grade teacher at Hanover Highlands Elementary School. Kathleen started her 35- year career at District 54 as an instructional assistant at Fox Elementary School. She plans to spend time with her family, travel and read a lot during her retirement.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

Our first #54Retiree of the day is Kathleen Haselton, a second-grade teacher at Hanover Highlands Elementary School. Kathleen started her 35- year career at District 54 as an instructional assistant at Fox Elementary School. She plans to spend time with her family, travel and read a lot during her retirement.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

05/11/2021

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Impact the Future - Become a part of the School District 54 team. Join us at 4 p.m. May 18 for a virtual conversation to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children: tinyurl.com/2azkw5dh. Located just 30 miles from Chicago, District 54 offers a competitive salary and benefits; a positive, collaborative culture; innovative teaching tools; and unparalleled support through professional development and mentorship.

05/10/2021

Our second #54Retiree of the day is Susan Evans, a paraprofessional at Link Elementary School. Prior to working at Link for her 22-year career, Susan was a PTA volunteer for 10 years. She held many different positions and committee responsibilities, mainly at MacArthur and Eisenhower Jr. High. Susan has worked at Goebbert’s Farm for the last 17 years in a part time capacity. She plans to continue there in her retirement and hopefully still see many friends from District 54 when they come to visit the farm along with the students she has had the privilege to work with over the years.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

Our second #54Retiree of the day is Susan Evans, a paraprofessional at Link Elementary School. Prior to working at Link for her 22-year career, Susan was a PTA volunteer for 10 years. She held many different positions and committee responsibilities, mainly at MacArthur and Eisenhower Jr. High. Susan has worked at Goebbert’s Farm for the last 17 years in a part time capacity. She plans to continue there in her retirement and hopefully still see many friends from District 54 when they come to visit the farm along with the students she has had the privilege to work with over the years.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

05/10/2021

Our first #54Retiree of the day is Tammy Mobley, a paraprofessional at the Early Learning Center. Tammy started her 26-year career with District 54 at Hillcrest Elementary School (now Lincoln Prairie). She followed our youngest learners as the early childhood program moved into different elementary and junior high schools. Tammy also was part of the Rainbows program during her time at Muir. She said she will miss the kids and her co-workers, but is looking forward to traveling with her husband and spending time with her five grandchildren in her retirement.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

Our first #54Retiree of the day is Tammy Mobley, a paraprofessional at the Early Learning Center. Tammy started her 26-year career with District 54 at Hillcrest Elementary School (now Lincoln Prairie). She followed our youngest learners as the early childhood program moved into different elementary and junior high schools. Tammy also was part of the Rainbows program during her time at Muir. She said she will miss the kids and her co-workers, but is looking forward to traveling with her husband and spending time with her five grandchildren in her retirement.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

05/07/2021

Retired Stevenson teacher, Robert Brown, was an inspiration for Tammy Ackerman, a current math teacher at Margaret Mead Junior High.

"Mr. Brown was such an inspiration. He made me believe in my self and made me believe that anything was possible. He motivated me in ways that no other teacher has ever been able to. He was even the reason I joined the C.A.R.E program. Some of the things he did in his classroom, like the Brown Bucks are things that were so far ahead of his time, but still so relevant today. I have used this tool as a motivator for my own students over the years and it always reminds me of him. I have such fond memories of being in his class, every year I end up telling my current students some story about how Mr. Brown made me who I am today. The way he made me feel as a student made me want to go into teaching. I wanted to be able to do for other students what he did for me. Over my 24 years of teaching, I have tried to track down Mr. Brown to thank him, but could never find him. I hope this message reaches him someday, so he knows how much of a difference he made in my life."

While we are grateful for and celebrate the amazing things our teachers do every day of the year, we would like to make special note of the impact educators have during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).

Who is a teacher that has made a difference in your life? Share in the comments! #ThankATeacher

Retired Stevenson teacher, Robert Brown, was an inspiration for Tammy Ackerman, a current math teacher at Margaret Mead Junior High.

"Mr. Brown was such an inspiration. He made me believe in my self and made me believe that anything was possible. He motivated me in ways that no other teacher has ever been able to. He was even the reason I joined the C.A.R.E program. Some of the things he did in his classroom, like the Brown Bucks are things that were so far ahead of his time, but still so relevant today. I have used this tool as a motivator for my own students over the years and it always reminds me of him. I have such fond memories of being in his class, every year I end up telling my current students some story about how Mr. Brown made me who I am today. The way he made me feel as a student made me want to go into teaching. I wanted to be able to do for other students what he did for me. Over my 24 years of teaching, I have tried to track down Mr. Brown to thank him, but could never find him. I hope this message reaches him someday, so he knows how much of a difference he made in my life."

While we are grateful for and celebrate the amazing things our teachers do every day of the year, we would like to make special note of the impact educators have during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).

Who is a teacher that has made a difference in your life? Share in the comments! #ThankATeacher

05/07/2021

Our #54Retiree of the day is Peggy Bigonnes, a HelpDesk analyst for the district. Before her time supporting the technical needs of the entire district, Peggy was a special education instructional assistant at Muir Elementary and a library resource associate at both Muir and Addams Junior High. Over her 24 years at District 54, Peggy has been a part of the A-Teams, Team X and the Principal Selection Committee. In her retirement, Peggy and her husband plan to spend more time with their three grandchildren, to travel and to enjoy doing the activities they love but never seem to have time for.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

Our #54Retiree of the day is Peggy Bigonnes, a HelpDesk analyst for the district. Before her time supporting the technical needs of the entire district, Peggy was a special education instructional assistant at Muir Elementary and a library resource associate at both Muir and Addams Junior High. Over her 24 years at District 54, Peggy has been a part of the A-Teams, Team X and the Principal Selection Committee. In her retirement, Peggy and her husband plan to spend more time with their three grandchildren, to travel and to enjoy doing the activities they love but never seem to have time for.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

05/06/2021

Nerge Elementary School Maureen Petricca holds a special place in Campanelli Elementary School principal, Amy Houlihan's heart, as Maureen has made a lasting impression on Amy's life. Here's what Amy said when reflecting back on Maureen as a teacher:

"Miss Petricca always took time to celebrate each and every one of us. She made us feel special and loved. Miss Petricca made learning fun! She was providing opportunity for critical thinking and collaboration long before I54 came around. I feel lucky to have been one of her students and I know she has continued to touch the lives of countless students since I sat in her 4th grade classroom. Thank you, Miss Petricca, for being so amazing and for the lasting impression you have made on my life."

While we are grateful for and celebrate the amazing things our teachers do every day of the year, we would like to make special note of the impact educators have during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).

Who is a teacher that has made a difference in your life? Share in the comments! #ThankATeacher

Nerge Elementary School Maureen Petricca holds a special place in Campanelli Elementary School principal, Amy Houlihan's heart, as Maureen has made a lasting impression on Amy's life. Here's what Amy said when reflecting back on Maureen as a teacher:

"Miss Petricca always took time to celebrate each and every one of us. She made us feel special and loved. Miss Petricca made learning fun! She was providing opportunity for critical thinking and collaboration long before I54 came around. I feel lucky to have been one of her students and I know she has continued to touch the lives of countless students since I sat in her 4th grade classroom. Thank you, Miss Petricca, for being so amazing and for the lasting impression you have made on my life."

While we are grateful for and celebrate the amazing things our teachers do every day of the year, we would like to make special note of the impact educators have during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).

Who is a teacher that has made a difference in your life? Share in the comments! #ThankATeacher

05/06/2021

Our #54Retiree of the day is Karen Weinzierl, the music and choral teacher at Eisenhower Junior High. Throughout her 23 years at District 54, Karen has taught music at Armstrong, Lakeview and Eisenhower. She was also the District 54 Junior High Music Field Leader. In addition to several Hoffman Estates Mayoral recognitions, Karen also received an Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel award in 2015. In her retirement, she plans to spend time with her family, travel and learn to speak Italian.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

Our #54Retiree of the day is Karen Weinzierl, the music and choral teacher at Eisenhower Junior High. Throughout her 23 years at District 54, Karen has taught music at Armstrong, Lakeview and Eisenhower. She was also the District 54 Junior High Music Field Leader. In addition to several Hoffman Estates Mayoral recognitions, Karen also received an Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel award in 2015. In her retirement, she plans to spend time with her family, travel and learn to speak Italian.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

05/05/2021

Out of all her teachers, former Link Elementary School teacher Mrs. Ladewig always stuck out in Alyssa Massarelli's mind. Alyssa is currently a math teacher at Eisenhower Jr. High.

"Mrs. Ladewig was my 1st and 2nd grade teacher. Although I loved all my teachers at Link, Mrs. Ladewig always stuck out in my mind as one of my absolute "favorites" both then and now. I'm not sure I realized this as a kid, but looking back, I can think of so many reasons she made such a strong and positive impact on me. She made class fun and interesting, with songs, her clever tricks for remembering different rules, incorporating sign language, her love for koalas, and the activities and lessons she planned. She invested time in us as individuals, really getting to know us and our families, and allowed us to share pieces of ourselves with the class on multiple occasions. She made us feel valued, smart, interesting, and capable. She often got us involved, putting us up in front of our peers to share with them, read to them, or present. I remember her being the perfect balance between fun and business. We couldn't get away with non-sense in her class, but fun was still had. Since I was 5 (before Mrs. Ladewig), I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Being in her class when I was 6 and 7 made me even more excited for that career. That excitement and inspiration stuck with me through all my years of education, helping lead me to where I am now."

While we are grateful for and celebrate the amazing things our teachers do every day of the year, we would like to make special note of the impact educators have during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).

Who is a teacher that has made a difference in your life? Share in the comments! #ThankATeacher

Out of all her teachers, former Link Elementary School teacher Mrs. Ladewig always stuck out in Alyssa Massarelli's mind. Alyssa is currently a math teacher at Eisenhower Jr. High.

"Mrs. Ladewig was my 1st and 2nd grade teacher. Although I loved all my teachers at Link, Mrs. Ladewig always stuck out in my mind as one of my absolute "favorites" both then and now. I'm not sure I realized this as a kid, but looking back, I can think of so many reasons she made such a strong and positive impact on me. She made class fun and interesting, with songs, her clever tricks for remembering different rules, incorporating sign language, her love for koalas, and the activities and lessons she planned. She invested time in us as individuals, really getting to know us and our families, and allowed us to share pieces of ourselves with the class on multiple occasions. She made us feel valued, smart, interesting, and capable. She often got us involved, putting us up in front of our peers to share with them, read to them, or present. I remember her being the perfect balance between fun and business. We couldn't get away with non-sense in her class, but fun was still had. Since I was 5 (before Mrs. Ladewig), I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Being in her class when I was 6 and 7 made me even more excited for that career. That excitement and inspiration stuck with me through all my years of education, helping lead me to where I am now."

While we are grateful for and celebrate the amazing things our teachers do every day of the year, we would like to make special note of the impact educators have during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).

Who is a teacher that has made a difference in your life? Share in the comments! #ThankATeacher

05/05/2021

Our #54Retiree of the day is Sue Ghera, a library resource associate at Hanover Highlands Elementary School. Sue began her District 54 career at Eisenhower Junior High as a special education instructional assistant for 8 years and then the library resource associate for 8 years. She has served Hanover Highlands’ students for the past 4 years. Sue was very involved in the Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization (SEEO), serving as the treasurer, membership chairperson, a building rep and a member of the appraisal committee and contract negotiations team. After retiring, Sue plans to move to Texas to be with her family.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

Our #54Retiree of the day is Sue Ghera, a library resource associate at Hanover Highlands Elementary School. Sue began her District 54 career at Eisenhower Junior High as a special education instructional assistant for 8 years and then the library resource associate for 8 years. She has served Hanover Highlands’ students for the past 4 years. Sue was very involved in the Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization (SEEO), serving as the treasurer, membership chairperson, a building rep and a member of the appraisal committee and contract negotiations team. After retiring, Sue plans to move to Texas to be with her family.

At the end of every school year, we like to celebrate our retirees and thank them for their years of service to our students. We hope you enjoy this virtual gallery as we highlight these exceptional employees throughout the month of May.

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