It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

Herzl School of Excellence strives to have parents, teachers, and community members actively involved in our students learning with a commitment to fostering a challenging and safe learning environment that encourages high expectations for all. We are dedicated to promoting academic and social excellence to produce lifelong learners prepared for a global society.

Pre K-8

Herzl School of Excellence

3711 W. Douglas Blvd.
Chicago , IL 60623
773-534-1480

Enrollment: 561
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Herzl School of Excellence

Dear Herzl Scholars and Families,

Our vision is that Herzl students and graduates will be scholars, leaders, problem-solvers, and productive members of our society through a shared, relentless focus on academic excellence and character.

The Herzl Community commits to sustaining a culture of achievement where learning is rigorous, excellence is the standard, talent is nurtured, success is celebrated, and character is molded through the Herzl Doctrine in a conducive, safe learning environment.

We understand the power of education, and how it affords great luxury, economically and civically.  Therefore, obtaining a college degree and securing a post-secondary diploma is the expectation.

For four consecutive years, Herzl has improved its attendance.  And, once again, according to the My School, My Voice Survey, Herzl is Well-Organized for school improvement, the highest possible rating.  Schools that are strong in at least 3 of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student learning.

Please enjoy learning more about our school, our scholars, and our school happenings as you peruse our website. As Herzl continues to move forward on the path of excellence, we encourage you to join us, and send us positive energy as we make generational change in North Lawndale.

Best,

Tamara L. Davis

Principal

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Performance

Our Growth In
Achievement

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Herzl School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Herzl School of Excellence is named in honor of Theodore Herzl (1860-1904), a journalist and writer. Herzl is known as the father of modern political Zionism and was a prominent figure in the then predominately Jewish community of North Lawndale.

Herzl School of Excellence opened in 1914. The building originally contained 32 classrooms, with 24 classrooms added in 1920. The school was converted to a junior high in 1927 and back to an elementary school in 1933. In 1935, one of the city’s junior colleges moved into the building.

The navy briefly took over the building from March 1944 to June 1946 to offer navy training classes during World War II. During that time, the cafeteria was enlarged and an additional gymnasium was built.

In 1952, four classrooms were used for 8th graders to relieve overcrowding in nearby schools, before Herzl Elementary formally opened in 1953, using 21 classrooms no longer used by the college. The following year, the entire building was converted to an elementary school and the junior college was moved into Crane (and has since become Malcolm X College).

Today, Herzl contains 58 classrooms and serves 500 students.

AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Herzl School of Excellence to AUSL in 2012 as a turnaround school. Turning around a school is one approach that CPS uses to improve neighborhood schools that have been failing for many years. The transformation begins with the new leadership and teachers in the building to deliver effective instruction and the right climate and culture to the same neighborhood students.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, the Herzl School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone:773-534-1480

Child Parent Center:773-534-1751

Fax: 773-534-1486

Administration

Tamara Davis
Principal

Rebecca Mulhim
Assistant Principal

Teachers

Rachel Mayo
Head Teacher

Josh Hamel
Pre-K

Candice Harris
Pre-K

Lolita McCoy-Brown
Pre-K

Matasha Cook
Pre-K

Sharila Stewart
Pre-K

Cynthia Love
Pre-K

Kimberly Jackson
Pre-K

Lindsey Fredian
Kindergarten

Leanna Colletta
Kindergarten

Hannah Smith
1st

Zachary Waggoner
1st

Caitlyn Kolakowski
2nd

Grace Swock
2nd

Peggy Ceresia
3rd

Anna K. Reyes
3rd

KaliAnna Keenoy
4th

William Battle
4th

Cailynn Sturkey
5th

John Bagley
5th

Brittany Wiggins
6th

Bethany Alberts
6th

Victoria Herold
7th & 8th

David Lance
7th & 8th

Angelina Escobar
7th & 8th

Sara Rose
7th & 8th

Susan Sciara
Learning Behavior Specialist/Case Manager

Brittney Friend
Learning Behavior Specialist

Madeleine Springer
Learning Behavior Specialist

Tess Levin
Learning Behavior Specialist

Kaitlin Miller
Learning Behavior Specialist

Mary Patterson
Learning Behavior Specialist

Takira Mack
Learning Behavior Specialist

Franceena Love
Learning Behavior Specialist

Caroline Rectenwal
Learning Behavior Specialist

Alexa Brown
Art

Michele Douglas
Music

Amber Chambers
Physical Education

Support Staff

Erin Toney
Parent/Community Resource Teacher

Kim Hemphill
Parent /Community Liaison

Antalisha Barker
Teacher Assistant

Roxanne Harris
Teacher Assistant

Brenda McGlown
Teacher Assistant

Gabrielle Hunter
Teacher Assistant

Sharon Jilles
Teacher Assistant

Ebony Callicutt
Teacher Assistant

Erica Robinson
Teacher Assistant

Clentarra Patton
School Clerk

Kevin Rogers
Security

JoAnn Simmons
Custodian

Anna Edwards
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Carvella Cureton
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Tamekia Jenkins
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Destaney Davis-Beckton
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Ida Pullum Carter
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Dynishia Jenkins
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Phillip Pendleton
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Jameka Carr
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

LaKesha Jordan
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Allison Handzel
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Alisa Morris
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Shaquant’e Berry
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Reesa Jackson
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Larry Quinn
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Eboni Horton
Teacher’s Assistant

Kristen Marsh-Willams
Teacher’s Assistant

Connie Wilson
Teacher’s Assistant

Shanice Johnson
Teacher’s Assistant

Natasha Edmondson
Teacher’s Assistant

Melissa Thames
Case Manager

Tracie Blackwell
School Counselor

Takeya Dagen
School Clerk

Michelle Jenkins
School Clerk Asst.

Johnny Logan
Dean of Students

Ashley Leonard
Asst. Dean of Students

Marcus Crawford
Security

Anton Palmer
Security

Larry Outlaw
Security

Jakeima Jones
Security

Joe Dwyer
Engineer

Jennifer Fair
Lunchroom Attendant

Tonya Robinson
Lunchroom Attendant