Mrs. Tammie Harmon

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Mrs. Tammie Harmon

Principal

I am proud to serve as principal of Churchill Elementary School. This year marks the 12th school year that I have served School District 308. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Ill., in 1998. I began my teaching career as a student teacher in third grade in New Lenox. For the remainder of the 1998-1999 school year, I was a teacher’s assistant with special education students in fourth and fifth grades, also in New Lenox. I then helped open a brand new building in New Lenox as a fourth grade teacher and remained teaching there for six years. During that time, I received my master’s degree in administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in 2001. I am currently working to obtain a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.

I have been a Churchill Mustang since 2005 when I became the assistant principal. I am honored to continue to build on the strong foundation full of learning experiences for the children at Churchill in this sixth year as principal. I look forward to continuing to serve the Churchill community in this capacity.

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Ms. Denise Rodgers

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Ms. Denise Rodgers

Assistant Principal

"I believe that all children are capable of learning. The secret is in understanding their learning styles and what motivates him/her. Working in partnership with parents, teachers and the students themselves, we can insure that every student has the opportunity to reach their highest potential academically.
Denise M. Rodgers


I am ecstatic to serve as assistant principal of Churchill Elementary School. I am the proud parent of two college students. I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois Benedictine University, in Lisle, IL 1999. Having a commitment to community service, I noticed many inequities in education as I volunteered in the various districts and compared it with the excellent education that my own children were being provided.

This led me to getting my master’s degree in arts and teaching from the National Louis University in Chicago in 2007. Upon graduation, I spent five years as a fourth and fifth grade teacher motivating and preparing students for junior high school and beyond. While at Carl Sandburg Elementary School, I went back to school and received an additional master’s degree in reading in 2009 and a Type 75 administrative certification in 2012. Next, I became the dean of students at Hufford Junior High for past three years. I am currently in my final phase of my personal education endeavor working toward obtaining a doctoral degree in education leadership from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Ill., in anticipation of graduation in 2016. In my tenure of education, I have learned that all people hold the capacity to achieve their dreams and aspirations if they are persistent and build strategic relationships.

I am proud to have joined the diverse community of School District 308 to ensure that the students in our community excel and reach their highest potential.

This will be an excellent school year for all!

 Kimberly Payton

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Kimberly Payton

Special Education Coordinator

It is my privilege to serve as the special education coordinator for Churchill Elementary School, Long Beach Elementary School, and a few of our 308 students attending private programs. I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. in 1983. I began my career as a social worker in a private child welfare agency working with children and adolescents with social emotional and behavior disorders. I received my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986. I continued my work within children and adolescents while pursuing the post-graduate certificate for school social work through Loyola University in Chicago Ill in 1988. I began my career as a school social worker with Joliet Public School District 86 in 1988 where I remained for two years.  I then accepted a school social work position with Morris Elementary School District 54 initially working with students kindergarten through eighth grade and ultimately with students in grades sixth through eighth. I completed post-graduate coursework through Governors State University in University Park, Ill and Illinois State University in Normal, Ill towards certification in school administration. It was my honor to continue working within Morris Elementary District 54 first as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director and then as Principal until 2011. In 2011 I welcomed the opportunity to serve as a special education coordinator with Kendall County Special Education Cooperative where I worked with students and their families in both the Yorkville School District 115 and Community School District 308. I am grateful for the education that the children and families have given me over the course of my career. I have found they have been some of my very best teachers about me as a professional and life through the eyes and heart of a child.