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

Enrollment: 543
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message


Greetings and Welcome to Herzl School of Excellence

Dear Herzl Scholars and Families,

 The school year has almost come to an end, and we’re proud of all of our scholars’ accomplishments. Our learning doesn’t slow down, so continue to read with your child every night, check their homework, and ensure they get a good night’s rest. NWEA begins May 24th for our 3rd, 6th, and 8th graders, with 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th grades finishing in June. Continue to motivate our scholars to meet and exceed their targets. Also, summer program enrollment has begun across the city. Herzl’s Summer Program occurs July 7th- July 29th. Please enroll our scholars in summer programs at the Chicago Park District, neighborhood churches, YMCA, Brookfield Zoo, or at one of our programs here at Herzl. Finally, please make sure all of our scholars are in medical compliance. Meaning, make your doctor’s appointments NOW so students can receive the mandated physical exams, dental exams, and immunizations that are necessary for this year, and for the beginning of next school year. 


Tamara L. Davis Principal

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Our Growth In

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


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 (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.


Child Parent Center:773 535 1751

Fax: 773-535-3247


Tamara Davis

Rovel Rucker-Pollock
Assistant Principal


Audrey Singleton
Head Teacher

Jill McDuffee

Candice Harris

Lolita McCoy-Brown

Katie Jones

Jared Hennan

Arielle Moseley

Leanna Colletta

Grace Swock

Christopher Harris

Marquita Stuckey

Anna Reyes

Tara Gallagher

Lindsey Nero

Melissa Burel

Latasha Buchanan

Brittany Wiggins

Chy'ra Eddie

Kate Redmond

Christine Stocker

Megan Stewart
Middle School Math

Hana Kahn
Middle School Science

Aisha Pervaiz
Middle School Literacy

Robert Vasquez
Middle School Social Studies

Miranda Nalls
Middle School Writing

Alicia Marsh
Learning Behavior Specialist/Case Manager

Venus Bailey
Learning Behavior Specialist

Anna Pedtke
Learning Behavior Specialist

Jaime Ropski
Learning Behavior Specialist

Melissa Thames
Learning Behavior Specialist

Meghan Lee
Learning Behavior Specialist

Samantha Ellison
Learning Behavior Specialist

LeKisch Williams

Michele Douglas

Zachary Hoover
Physical Education

Laura Johnson
Literacy Lead/Coach

Support Staff

Enid Hopkins
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

Justine Cordova
Teacher Assistant

Clentarra Patton
School Clerk

Kevin Rogers

JoAnn Simmons

Anna Edwards
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

William Battle
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Tamekia Jenkins
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Dorrine Ballard
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Ida Pullum
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Carilon Jenkins
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Joseph Riley
Sp.Ed. Classroom Assistant

Kristen Marsh-Willams
Teacher’s Assistant

Connie Wilson
Teacher’s Assistant

Muriel Davis-Goga
Teacher’s Assistant

Tracie Blackwell
School Counselor

School Clerk

Michelle Jenkins
School Clerk Asst.

Cameron Clark
Dean of Students

Sarah Boynes
Asst. Dean of Students

Marcus Crawford

Ali Muhammad

James Ogden

Corey Riley

Rashaad Whittington

Jonathon Seeh

Jennifer Fair
Lunchroom Attendant

Tonya Robinson
Lunchroom Attendant