It is Our Mission to Always Operate in Excellence

At Dewey School of Excellence, we are committed to always operating in excellence. We will develop all scholars into college bound graduates, and model citizens through rigorous, engaging instruction, a strong and diverse enrichment program, and a strong school, community, and family partnership. We will lean heavily on these systems to ensure we are meeting the needs of all our scholars in their journey through high school and college graduation. By establishing an inclusive Dewey School community, we will build trust, develop leaders, and promote life-long learning and success for all scholars, families, and staff.

Pre K-8

Dewey School Of Excellence

5415 S. Union
Chicago, Il 60609
773-535-1666

Enrollment: 410
An AUSL Network School

Principal's Message

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From The Principal: Valencia Koker

It is with great enthusiasm and pride that I greet you as the principal of Dewey School of Excellence. My passion for education has been shaped over the past decade as a classroom teacher and principal. In each of these roles, I have worked relentlessly to ensure that all students receive an educational experience that promotes academic achievement and character development.

My intent as your principal is to provide the highest quality of education possible in an engaging, safe and positive learning environment for our students. Working collaboratively as a team with Dewey’s hardworking staff and families, I am committed to helping each student maximize their fullest potential. It is my responsibility to provide the type of leadership that will foster a school environment and school community that embodies high expectations for all students paired with high levels of support to ensure their success.

I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to propel our scholars forward at Dewey School of Excellence. 

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 the Dewey School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Dewey School of Excellence is named in honor of George Dewey (1837-1917). A member of the United States Navy, Dewey is best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. He is the only person to have attained the rank of Admiral of the Navy, which is the most senior rank.

Dewey School of Excellence opened in 1901 and originally contained 22 classrooms, an auditorium, library, and gym. It was the first fireproof structure of its kind in Chicago. 

Additional land was acquired in 1968 to accommodate additional recreation space and temporary classrooms when enrollment at the school soared to nearly 1,500 before Hope Middle School opened in 1971 (now a high school).

A Child Parent Center opened south of the main Dewey building in 1975 and contains 6 classrooms.

Today the building contains 27.5 classrooms including 3 state of the art computer labs and serves 370 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 Dewey School of Excellence to AUSL in 2013 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, Dewey School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone:(773) 535-1666

Fax: (773) 535-1802

Administration

Mrs. Valencia Koker
Principal
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Mrs. Charlene Remolds
Assistant Principal
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Ashanti Howard
CPC Head Teacher
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Teachers

Ms. Ebony Davis
Pre-K - 407
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Ms. Lee Young
Pre-K - 413
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Ms. Kandance Miggins
3rd Grade - 111
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Ms. Jasmyne Haywood
1st Grade - 110
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Ms. Sheila Morris
Kindergarten
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Ms. Rosa Rodriguez
2nd Grade - 101
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Mr. Roy Justin
2nd Grade - 102
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TBD
6th Grade - 302

Ms. Erica Saenz
5t/6thGrade - 304
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Ms. Paige Watkins
3rd Grade - 210
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Ms. Nicole Ferrin
Middle School - 201
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Ms. Fiona Connaghan
Middle School - 204
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Website

TBD
Middle School - 301

Mr. Kurtis Ellison
Middle School - 211
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Ms. Leah Guenther
Middle School - 202
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Ms. Maggie Daniels
Intermediate Support Teacher- 103
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Ms. Indra Velkme
Primary Support Teacher - 103
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Ms. Katharine Gibbs
Music - 308
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Ms.Tonia Turner
4th Grade - 210
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Mrs. Julie Norman
1st Grade - 109
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Ms. Benetrious Crockett
Pre K - 409
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Mr. Terry Matthew
Physical Education Teacher
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Mrs. Katie Bell
4th Grade - 211
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Ms. Jia Zhao
Art-311
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Support Staff

Ms. Crystal wraggs
Teacher Assistant Pre-K - 407/408
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Ms. Alexandra Enge
SECA
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Ms. Sophia Hilson
SECA
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Ms. Keniyata Alexander
Teacher Assistant Pre-K - 413
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Mr. Juanita Summer
Teacher Assistant Primary
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Ms. Domique Egaston
School Support Staff
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Ms. Alexis Liddell
Teacher Assistant Primary
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Ms. Sophia Hilson
Teacher Assistant
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Mr. Larry Mitchell
Security
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Mr. Marpray Monson
Security
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Mrs. Butler
Lunchroom Staff
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Ms. Mary Hayes
Counselor
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Ms. Ashley Bias
Dean
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Ms. Trina Jones
Clerk- Child Parent Center
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Ms. Kimberly Belmont
Lunchroom Staff
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Ms. Mary Kay Brady
Clerk - Main Office
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Mr. Mario Coleman
SECA
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Ms. Marrissa Maples
Kindergarten
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