It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

Deneen 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

Deneen School of Excellence

7257 S. State St.
Chicago , IL 60619
773-535-3035

Enrollment: 596
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Deneen School of Excellence

Thank you for visiting our school website. We hope your visit to our site will answer any questions you have about our wonderful school. We are located on the south side of Chicago in the Greater Grand Crossing community. Deneen is a third year turnaround Chicago public school that is managed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). We have 550 students in grades Pre-K through eighth. Over 98% of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch.

Our school is committed to providing a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment. Each student’s self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with students and staff. We strive to have our parents, teachers, and community members actively involved on our students’ learning.

Our students not only have a strong academic experience, but also have opportunities to participate in our curricular enhancement programs. These programs include fine arts, performing arts, and athletics. We believe that these experiences are critical to the development of the full potential of our students. Therefore, we expect our students to take part in these opportunities.

The Deneen School of Excellence staff aims to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through developmentally-appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. Deneen is committed to providing academic and social excellence in a positive and supportive culture to produce productive citizens prepared for a global society.

At Deneen, we exemplify excellence every day!

Karla Kemp, Principal

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 Deneen School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Deneen School of Excellence is named in honor of Charles S. Deneen (1863-1940) who was an Illinois Governor (1905-1913) and U.S. Senator (1925-1931). Deneen also served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1892. He had also been the lead prosecutor in Chicago’s infamous Adolph Luetgert murder trial.

Deneen School of Excellence opened in in 1954. The building originally contained 13 classrooms; 6 classrooms were added in 1959 and an additional 10 classrooms were added in 1963.

The building was renovated in 1995 and a new, fully accessible, main entrance, office, cafeteria, and additional classrooms were added.

Today, the building contains 33 classrooms and serves 550 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 Deneen School of Excellence to AUSL in 2010 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 Deneen School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone:773-535-3035

Fax: 773-535-3247

Email: deneensoe@cps.edu

Administration

Karla Kemp
Principal
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Roger Beauford
Assistant Principal
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Tina Jemine
School Clerk
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Belinda Davis
School Clerk Assistant
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Teachers

Erma Voss
Pre-K Teacher

Sharon Jones
Pre-K Assistant

Stacy Pikowski
Kindergarten Teacher

Sylvia Sumpter
Kindergarten Teacher

Tonia Turner
1st Grade Teacher

Lisa Heyda
1st Grade Teacher

Muhibo Payne
2nd Grade Teacher - ELA/SS

Chanelle Gilchrist
2nd Grade Teacher - Math/Science

Tiffany Collier
2nd Grade Self - Contained

Tabitha Turner
3rd Grade Teacher - ELA

Erin Lahti
3rd Grade Teacher - MATH

Samantha Walston
4th Grade Teacher - ELA/Science

Sin Cheung
4th Grade Teacher - MATH

Rachael Copelin
5th Grade Teacher - Science

Kelsey Sohrweide
5th Grade Teacher - ELA/SS

Joseph Campbell
6th Grade Teacher - Math

Meghan Coli
6th Grade Teacher - ELA

Antoinette Marshall
7th/8th Grade Teacher - Math

Tabitha Berry
7th/8th Grade Teacher - Science

Kara Taylor
8th Grade Teacher - ELA

Janice Mobley
Pre-K DL Teacher

Brandi Hopper
K-3 DL Teacher

Brittyne Griffin
6-8 DL Teacher

Amy Wallerstedt
6-8 DL Teacher-literacy

Marzetta Rush
Primary SpEd Assistant

Carolyn Davis
K-3 Primary DL Assistant

Michael Ford
4-5 Interim DL Assistant

Lacey Watkins
6-8 Upper DL Assistant - Math

Charlotte Fox
6-8 Upper DL Assistant - Literacy

Lisa Rounda
Art Teacher

Lekesha Triplett
PE Teacher - Athletic Director

Rick Jones
Technology Support

Mar Wright
Technology Support

Linda Ramsey
21st Century

Support Staff

Sheronne Hill
Counselor/Case Manager

School Nurse
Bola McCarthy

Dominique Horton
SpEd Social Worker

Sherwen Moore
Dean of Students

Mikal Clay
Climate

Edgar Crespo
Engineer
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Kristie Curtis
Parent Worker

Cleavon Jones
Head of Security

Jumaane Wise
Security Officer

Tuwanda Stephey-Gray
Security Officer

Vacant
Security Officer

Jarrod Mitchell
Security Officer

Vacant
Security Officer

Angela Baisten
Lunchroom Manager

Equilla Clark
Lunchroom Cook

Emma Harrison
Lunchroom Attendant

Lillian Fenner
Lunchroom Attendant