The District 233 school board approved tenure for five teachers this year.
Tenure was awarded in April to Carla Boyd, Monte Holt, Gregory Jones, Nicholas Jones and Tiffany Madison. They have been on staff for four years and received excellent reviews each year.
In his letter to the five faculty members, Superintendent Von Mansfield reminded them that being awarded tenure “indicates that you have proven yourself to be a worthy addition to our faculty…It means to the students and parents of the district that your total impact on your students and colleagues has been carefully appraised and that you have our complete endorsement as a permanent member of this faculty.”
Carla Boyd is a school psychologist in the Special Education Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Educational Specialist degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree, Boyd worked as a special education teacher for four years before taking time off when her son was born. She then enrolled in graduate school and came to H-F when she received her EdS degree in 2016.
Monte Holt is a faculty member in the Physical Education Department. He received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Eastern Illinois University and is pursuing a master’s degree at Governors State University.
He started his teaching career as a teaching assistant in Naperville District 204, and was a faculty member at Fenger High School, part of the Chicago Public Schools system, before coming to H-F.
Gregory Jones is a social worker in the Student Services/Guidance Department. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University and a master of social work from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois.
He has three years experience working with adolescents in addiction counseling, and he previously was a teacher at Brookwood Junior High in Glenwood.
Nicholas “Nic” Jones teaches Seminar in Teaching and Learning, a class that allows students to help each other through peer sharing and leadership to better accomplish their individual goals. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in multi-categorical special education from Governors State University.
Jones was on staff at Rich Central High School as an instructional assistant for more than a dozen years before he earned a teaching certificate and was hired at H-F. Jones also is the head boys and girls freshman soccer coach.
Tiffany Madison, a 2006 graduate of H-F, is a teacher in the Math Department. She received a bachelor’s degree in math and sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to receive a master’s in teaching secondary mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Before joining the H-F staff, Madison was a teacher at Epic Academy, a charter school in Chicago, and Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights.