Board of Education
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Mrs. Martha Ross
firstname.lastname@example.orgMrs. Ross was appointed to the Peoria Public Schools District 150 Board of Education in 2001 prior to being elected to the Board from District 1 in 2003. District 1 is the only District that has one Board member. Mrs. Ross served three terms as Board President, from 2015 to 2018. She is a two-time graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services and a Master’s Degree in Human Development Counseling. Mrs. Ross is the business owner of “The Bottom Line Design”, specializing in training, consulting, counseling and legal services. Mrs. Ross’s three children, as well as six of her grandchildren and eight of her great-grandchildren, attended and/or currently attend Peoria Public Schools.Mrs. Ross was appointed as a member of the Area Agency on Aging Council, elected as a member of the Illinois Alliance of Information & Referral State Wide Board of Directors where she served as President for two terms, Served as a Board Member for National Alliance of Information and Referral Systems base in Washington DC, current President of Goose Lake Neighborhood Association and the Southside Community United for Change Inc. SCUC,selected as one of the “25 Women In Leadership” in Peoria and received “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award for Education Leadership”.Her passion is and has always been to help provide an educational environment that would meet the children and parents where they are and help to move them to where they need to be to become successful and self-sufficient in life.
Her five-year term will expire in 2023.Committees: Parent Teacher Advisory
Mr. Mike Murphy
Mr. Mike Murphy was elected to the Board of Education for Peoria Public Schools as a representative of District 3.
A married father of four children who attend Peoria Public Schools, Murphy has been an active member of the Kellar PTO as well as serving as its president from 2020-2021. He serves as the president of Look. It’s My Book, which provides new books to Peoria Public School children in grades kindergarten through fourth. He is also a volunteer with Peoria Public Schools Foundation, where he helps stock the Little Free Pantries. Murphy works for CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, where he advocates for children in the judicial system by recruiting volunteers to oversee cases.
Mike Murphy was elected to the Board in 2021 from District 3 to serve until June 2026.
Mrs. Lynne Costic
Lynne Costic was appointed in 2019 to represent District 2 and was re-elected in 2020. Her term expires in 2025.
Mr. Chase Klaus
Mr. Klaus is a product of Peoria Public Schools. He teaches and coaches at Peoria Notre Dame High School. He was elected to represent District 3. His five-year term expires in 2024.
Mrs. Paris McConnell
Paris McConnell has worked in Public Relations and Civic Engagement for over 18 years.
Currently employed by the Illinois State Treasurer’s office as Central Region Civic Engagement Specialist.
Previously, as a consultant in the private sector and with the Illinois Department of Transportation Peoria District Four. She is an active member of New Cornerstone Baptist Church, Central Illinois Baptist District Association and Baptist General State Convention of Illinois.
Paris is passionate about community service and volunteered as mentor for Peoria Public Schools in various leadership roles- PTO President at Whittier Primary and Peoria High. Superintendent Advisory, PTO Council, and mentoring middle and high school students for over 20 years.
She was elected to serve as Board Member of Peoria Public School District 150 June 2022 and co-chair of the Board Policy Committee.
Additional Community Service: Board of Directors for American Red Cross, CASA Peoria County Board, Chairman of Peoria Hi-way Credit Union (employee credit union for IDOT), Center for Prevention of Abuse-Safe to Live Commission, Juvenile Justice Council of Peoria, Tri-County Health Advisory Council, Peoria County Election Commission Affidavit and Precinct Coordinating Judge.
Mrs. McConnell is married to Dr. Mark McConnell and has been for 33 years. From this marriage came 3 sons and 2 grandsons .
She enjoys traveling, sports, especially watching NFL Football, College Football and Basketball.
Attended Kansas University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Native of Kansas City, Missouri- very proud Jayhawk and KC Chiefs fan!
Dr. Anni Reinking
Dr. Reinking lives in District 3 with her husband and three children. She is an active parent at Washington Gifted Middle School.
In her career, Dr. Anni Reinking is an education consultant, author, researcher, and professional development provider. She has been a classroom teacher and is now a trainer and higher education faculty member. In 2020, Dr. Reinking received her principal endorsement, but instead of seeking a principal position, she continued her work in higher education by joining as adjunct faculty at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois- Chicago, and Illinois State University, all within their respective early childhood and elementary education departments. Additionally, she is a Family Resource Specialist for STAR NET Regions I&III. In this role she advocates for inclusion and supports early childhood families. Finally, Dr. Reinking provides professional development opportunities around the country, as well as internationally, focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Competency- Based Education, Addressing Challenging Behaviors, and Trauma Informed Care, just to name a few.
Her five-year term expires in 2025.
Mr. Gregory Wilson
Mr. Gregory Wilson joined the Board of Education in 2017 following the April election for the open District 2 seat. His five-year term expires in 2027.
Mr. Wilson has a child that attends Rolling Acres Middle School and two children that attend Glen Oak Community Learning Center. He is currently in school to obtain his Doctorate in Business Administration and Leadership. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Mr. Wilson is the owner of SikFramez, LLC, an online Health and Wellness company. He is also the Community Outreach Manager for Illinois Central College. Mr. Wilson is active in the community and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., local chapter Kappa Pi Lambda. He serves as a board member for Central Illinois Autism Association and volunteers for Junior Achievement, Richwoods JFL, and ELITE Youth Outreach.
"The excitement of children entering preschool, is the same excitement I want to see when they enter into higher grades," he says.