Chicago Schools announces 2005 Suave Performance Plus Teacher Award Finalists
Michelle Obama, Whitney Young graduate and wife of Senator Barack Obama, to deliver keynote address at April 28 award ceremony.
Chicago, I.L. -- The accounting teachers that helped her students develop an award-winning project, analyzing the economic conditions in their neighborhood. The football coach that kept vigil at a student’s hospital bedside where he was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds, or the English teacher that made sure every one of her students had a warm winter coat. These are highlights of what 30 outstanding Chicago Public Schools high school teachers have done to be selected finalists in the 2005 Suave® Performance Plus Teacher Award.
To further honor these special teachers, CPS and Suave® today announced that Michelle Obama, Whitney Young Graduate and wife of Senator Barack Obama, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s award ceremony. The ninth annual award ceremony will be held April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harold Washington Library, where the winning teachers will be announced.
The Suave Performance Plus Award was created by Suave® in 1997 and honors CPS high school teachers for outstanding service to students beyond their job requirements. It is the only program of its kind to enlist students to both nominate and select winning teachers. Students from the more than 100 CPS high schools are invited each year to nominate a current high school teacher who goes above and beyond their job requirements in and outside the classroom to make a difference in students lives.
The 30, 2005 finalists were selected from 776 nominated teachers. One winner is selected from each CPS Area; winning teachers and the school they represent each receive a $5 000 cash award.
The finalists for the 2005 Suave Performance Plus Award are:
Carollynn Chmielewski, Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
Connie Garerik, Amundsen High School
Dr. Joan Harris, Carl Schurz High School
Dianne Lebryk, Lane Tech High School
Joann M. Valentine, Forman High School
Karen Calloway, Kenwood Academy
Michelle M. Corpus, Curie Metropolitan High School
Margo Giannoulis, Kenwood Academy
Myri G. Pearson-Jeanty, C.B. York Alternative High School
Melinda Ann Wilson, Curie Metropolitan High School
Linda Becker, Roberto Clemente High School
Maria Teresa Galluzzi, North Grand High School
Jerry Mash, Westinghouse Career Academy
Oliver Nelson Speller, Westinghouse Career Academy
Kimberly Anna Varner, Mose Vines Preparatory Academy
Beulah McLoyd, Gage Park High School
Roberto Paredes, Gage Park High School
Patricia A. Parsons, Gage Park High School
Jeremy Peters, Paul Robeson High School
Trisha Tepavchevich, Hubbard High School
Sandra Carrera-Brathwaite, Benito Juarez Community Academy
Shukrani Gray-Soumaré, North Lawndale College Preparatory High School
Verneé Raquel Green, North Lawndale College Preparatory High School
Scott Trinter, Manley Career Academy
Vernita Washington-Sims, Crane Tech Prep Common School
Lakeetha Shawnae Adams, Chicago Vocational Career Academy
James C. Anderson II, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
Mary A. Casey, Washington High School
Donald Z. Davis, Corliss High School
Kristy Gajewski, Percy L. Julian High School
Maker of Suave® products, Unilever Home & Personal Care-USA is a member of the CPS School Partners Program created by Mayor Richard M. Daley to establish productive relationships between businesses and schools. Suave products, which offer consumers great performance for less, have recognized CPS high school teachers for their superior performance through the Suave Performance Plus Awards since 1997.
The Chicago Public Schools is the third largest school system in the U.S. and second largest employer in Illinois with 45 000 employees. The school system operates 600 schools and serves 437 000 students.
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