It Is Our Mission to Cultivate Tomorrow's Leaders

Lewis School of Excellence empowers students to create positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world by providing rigorous instruction in a nurturing environment. Our school community takes pride in developing leaders to thrive in a global society.

Pre K-8

Lewis School of Excellence

1431 N. Leamington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60651
773-534-3060

Enrollment: 504
2016-2017 Goals:
Attendance 2017 Goal: 96%
MAP 2017 Goal, Growth Percentile Reading, (3rd-8th) 50%
MAP 2017 Goal, Growth Percentile, Math (3rd-8th) 35%

Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Lewis School of Excellence!

I believe that a positive culture and climate has to be the foundation that a school is built on.  Effective structures create trusting relationships amongst students, staff and the community.  With these structures, the focus can be placed on increasing teacher capacity in order to deliver rigorous and engaging instruction to our students that will prepare them for high school, college, careers and beyond.  

At Lewis School of Excellence, we are conquering our culture and climate by instituting a curriculum study, implementing data drive instruction, improving our overall attendance and increasing parent and community engagement.  Together the students, staff and community of Lewis are “Conquering with P.R.I.D.E.” each and every day! 

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 Lewis School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Lewis School of Excellence is named in honor of Leslie Lewis (1839-1922). Known as the “oldest school teacher in Chicago” and Chicago’s first principal, Lewis taught and served as principal at several schools, as well as superintendent of the Hyde Park schools before the village became a part of Chicago. Lewis served as principal of the Kosminski School before he retired at the age of 80, just two years before his death.

Lewis School of Excellence opened in 1926 and originally contained 16 classrooms, an auditorium, and gym.

The building was renovated in 1995 and a 3-story addition opened in 1998, which contains 22 classrooms, a library-media center, and a multipurpose room. A campus park was added in 2003, which contains a play area and running/jogging path.

Today the building contains 46 classrooms and serves 530 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 Lewis 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 Lewis Staff?

If you have any questions, the Lewis School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone:773-534-3060

Fax: 773-534-3010

Administration

Aquabah Gonney
Principal
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Rosalind Banks
Assistant Principal
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Marlene Aponte
AUSL Coach/ Resident Principal
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Melissa LaVine
Academic Director
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Teachers

Donna Mitchem
Pre-K
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Nereyda Llorente-Dockett
Kindergarten
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Kathryn McCarthy-Ternes
Kindergarten
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Julia Gordon
Grade 1
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Jade Paula-Cabrera
Grade 1
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Jamie Stump
Grade 2
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Paula Gienko
Grade 2
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Rosa Torres
Grade 3
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Rebecca Rubin
Grade 3
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Crystal Pierce
Grade 4
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Mallory Dignin
Grade 3/4
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Christopher Bjorkland
Grade 4/5
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Jill Nollsch
Grade 5
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Elizabeth Vivion
Grade 6
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Karen Burnett
Grade 6
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Edina Malagic
Grade 7
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Keanna Hill
Grade 7
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Tiassa Lau
Grade 8
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Kevin Helfman (Cadre)
Grade 8
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Tracy Otwell
Art Teacher
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Melissa Alexander
Music Teacher
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Kyriako Anastasiadis
Physical Education Teacher
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Salena Crosby
Primary Teacher, Diverse Learners
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Jennifer Dalcamo-Castro
Upper Teacher, Diverse Learners
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Molly Frederickson
Intermediate/Upper Teacher, Diverse Learners
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Donna Cherry
Primary Teacher, Diverse Learner
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Erika Behrman
Primary Teacher, Bilingual
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Mirna Gasca
Intermediate Teacher, Bilingual
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Support Staff

Eneida Ramirez
Counselor Assistant

Tech Coordinator
Quincy Murry

Shermaine Hogan
TA

Curtis Johnson
Head of Security

Edward James
Head of Security

Jamal Green
Security

Terrell Jamison
SECA

Diana Ruiz
SECA

Crystal Graves
SECA

Romania Clark
SECA

Deborah Doble
SECA