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:

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Area 19

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

Area 22

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 

Area 20

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

Area 23 

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

Area 21 

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

Area 24 

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 

About Suave®

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.

About CPS

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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