The PPS Foundation recognizes that we have so many AMAZING people who are involved in our Peoria Public Schools community. Check out the list below for those who have been awarded the PPS Foundation HERO or SHERO of the month. These individuals have gone above and beyond to improve and strengthen Peoria Public Schools, and we are truly grateful for their time and talents.
November 2021: Dave Meyers, PPS Director of Buildings and Grounds
Our November HERO is the Director of Buildings and Grounds for Peoria Public Schools, Dave Meyers! We have seen first hand how incredibly hard Dave works to maintain the district's property. Cindy Morris recently said that when she visits each school with the superintendent on her yearly first day of class visits, she is in awe of how great PPS buildings and grounds look. Dave has also been an awesome supporter of all of our Foundation events and helps us with coordinating many sponsorship opportunities. Congrats, Dave - and thank you for all you do!
October 2021: Janet Ham, Community Volunteer and PPS Parent
Our October SHERO is community volunteer and PPS parent, Janet Ham. Janet is the past president of Whittier Primary School's PTO, where her three boys attend school. She also recently spearheaded a capitol campaign and West Bluff community effort to install a new playground on the Whittier campus. This effort not only enhances the experience for all Whittier students but helped created a needed community space for all West Bluff children. Janet is wonderful to work with and we are so appreciative of all that she does to improve our community. Congrats and thank you for all you do, Janet!
September 2021: Andrew Muir, former PPS Foundation Board Member and Peoria Public Schools Alum
Our September HERO is long-time Peoria Public Schools Foundation friend, Andrew Muir! Andrew is a former PPS Foundation Board Member and still continues to be an active supporter of the foundation. He participates in many of our events, and frequently helps us by underwriting our marketing materials. He is a proud Whittier and Manual alum and has helped those schools over the years with projects and fundraising. Our staff loves working with Andrew immensely.
August 2021: Matt Fogelmark, PPS Print Shop
Our August HERO is long-time Peoria Public Schools employee, Matt Fogelmark! Matt works at the Print Shop located at the Roy Ricketts Center and is the PPS Foundation's go-to-guy for all of our printing needs. Matt always goes above and beyond to make our marketing material look good. Between printing material for the entire PPS school district and the PPS Foundation, we are constantly impressed with his flexibility, work ethic and communication style. He is one of the easiest people to work with, and we could not be more grateful to be able to work with him.
Past Recipients of our HERO/SHERO Award:
July 2021: No one in particular this month. Our community is full of volunteers that care!
June 2021: No one in particular this month. We love all of our PPS volunteers and supporters!
May 2021: Geri Hammer, Director of Employee Services at Peoria Public Schools
April 2021: Dr. Thom Simpson, retired PPS Administrator
March 2021: Shar'Ron Ford, Front Desk Gatekeeper at Manual High School
February 2021: Mike Illuzzi, Mentor, Volunteer and Retired PPS Principal
January 2021: No one in particular this month. We have an amazing community of volunteers and supporters!
December 2020: Pam Wiley, Director of the Food Pantry at the PPS Wraparound Center
November 2020: Dr. Susan Grzanich, Innovation and Grants Officer and Director, Woodruff Career and Technical Center
October 2020: Brittany Duffield, Junction City Property Manager and Realtor
September 2020: Stacy Hardin, Owner of Book Rack Used Books & Gifts
August 2020: Alex O'Shaughnessy, PPS Graduate and Foundation Volunteer
July 2020: Elise Scheil, Hy-Vee Store Director
June 2020: Michael Murphy, PPS Foundation Volunteer and PPS Parent
May 2020: No one in particular this month - You are all awesome!
April 2020: No one in particular this month - Shout out to all the wonderful people in our community!
March 2020: Barbara Pierce, PPS Communications Specialist
February 2020: Tracey Jones, PPS Executive Administrative Assistant
January 2020: Jitske (Jetty) Miedema-Fox, Culinary Arts Program at Woodruff Career & Technical Center
December 2019: Alex Romero, Administrative Building's Daytime Custodian
November 2019: Naomi Armstrong, PPS Administrative Assistant
October 2019: Mary Newman-Evans, English Teacher at Manual
September 2019: Lillian Bishop, PPS Transportation Department
August 2019: Stan Hangen, Community Liaison at Manual