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.


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