PPS Foundation Heroes and Sheroes

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.


August 2022: Shelly Craycraft, Richwoods High School librarian and Roundtable advisor

Shelley's work with the students of Richwoods makes a huge difference! As the leader of the Roundtable, a donation-based emergency needs items organization at the school, Shelley leads a team of Richwood student and staff volunteers to keep essential items available for any Richwoods student in need. From food to personal items and supplies, the Roundtable is always at the ready to make a difference when needed. We are so thankful for the work Shelley and her Roundtable Knights provide to the school. They are all true heroes!


Past Recipients of our HERO/SHERO Award:

July 2022:  No one in particular this month - You are all awesome!

June 2022 No one in particular this month - Shout out to all the wonderful people in our community!

May 2022: Jessica Oberholzer, Family School Liaison at Calvin Coolidge Middle School

April 2022: Shannon Marlin and the PPS Research Team

March 2022: Michelle Seipel, PPS Director of Technology

February 2022: Michael Brix, Instructor of Work-Based Learning at Woodruff Career & Technical Center

January 2022: Connie Graves, Von Steuben Middle School

December 2021: Lyndsay Griepentrog, Starbucks Coffee District Manager - Central Illinois North

November 2021: Dave Meyers, PPS Director of Buildings and Grounds

October 2021: Janet Ham, Community Volunteer and PPS Parent

September 2021: Andrew Muir, former PPS Foundation Board Member and Peoria Public Schools Alum

August 2021: Matt Fogelmark, PPS Print Shop

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