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  • 33 PPS Teachers awarded over $30,000 in classroom and STEM grants by PPS Foundation, Community Foundation of Central Illinois

    Thirty-three Peoria Public Schools teachers were awarded Peoria Public School Foundation - Community Foundation of Central Illinois Classroom Grant or STEM grants for 2020-2021. Individual grant amounts ranged from $397 to $1,500. Congratulations!

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  • High school '21-'22 registration starts next week

    Registration for Peoria Public School high school courses for the 2021-2022 academic year begins the week of November 9, 2020. Current 8th grade and 11th grade students will begin meeting with counselors the week of November 9 to plan their coursework.

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  • A/B Schedule through December

    Click here to see the full A/B schedule through Winter Break

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  • We love Transportation Employees to the moon and back -- 2.5 times!

    According to PPS Transportation Director Josh Collins, Peoria Public School buses travel 1.5 million miles each year. That’s about the same as driving to the moon and back 2.5 times!

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Superintendent's Blog

  • Check out these wonderful videos of Woodruff Career and Technical Center programs

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 10/3/2020

    Woodruff Career and Technical Center has transformed in recent years into a hub of work-based learning for high school students in Peoria Public Schools to learn career skills as well as earn certifications and college credits. 

    Take a look at these informational videos highlighting each of Woodruff's programs and the extraordinary work being done by students in those programs.


    Collision Repair/Auto body program:

    Barbering program:

    Construction program:

    Cosmetology program:

    Criminal Justice program:

    Culinary Arts program:

    Emergency Services program:

    Hair Braiding program:

    IT and Coding program:

    Work Based Learning program:



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  • Maude Sanders Teacher named Regional Teacher of the Year, Finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 10/1/2020

    Marricea Page, 4th grade teacher at Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School has been named Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Teacher of the Year for the 20-county West Central Region. Page was named Peoria Public Schools Donald M. Phares Classroom Teacher of the Year in August. She is now in the running for the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year – the state’s highest honor for exemplary educators. 


    Page has taught 4th grade at Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School since 2011. She previously taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) at Trewyn School. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bradley University, and M.Ed. from both Concordia University and Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been a Grow Your Own Mentor and worked extensively to provide mentoring, professional development and support to colleagues throughout Peoria Public Schools.


    According to Dan Hiles, principal of Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School, “Mrs. Page shows an incredible depth of knowledge across all content areas as evidenced by clear learning objectives and carefully scaffolded instruction. What really makes her instruction stand out though is her ability to make it exciting and relatable to her students. Mrs. Page is not just known for instructional prowess with students, her ability to reach parents and staff through professional development is well known, too.”


    “Having my students achieve academic success is very important, however, having my students feel safe, nurtured and loved is even more important.” Page explained. “This approach to teaching engages each student, regardless of ability, because I focus on each student as an individual with different backgrounds and cultures. I strive each day to be intentional in how I interact with my students, so they leave our class feeling better about themselves as a student, and as a person.”


    The Illinois State Teacher of the Year will be announced on October 21 at the ISBE virtual board meeting. We are so proud of Mrs. Page – she is a remarkable representative of Peoria Public Schools and we wish her all the luck as she vies for the top teaching honors in the state.






    Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat


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