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Phyllis Cheaney (IL '89)


At the time of the Award, Phyllis Cheaney was:

Butler Elementary School
Springfield, IL

Biographical Information

As a principal in several Springfield schools, Phyllis Cheaney strived to develop the unique contributions and strengths that teachers, parents and students bring to student achievement. District officials note that her leadership over the years has been "characterized by efficient organization, excellent communication, a gift for understanding children and her outstanding ability to motivate those with whom she works." Now retired, Mrs. Cheaney was instrumental in establishing Reading Recovery, an intregrated curriculum/ technology program for grades 5 and 6, and a theme school for all abilities. She presently serves as a mentor for new principals through a LEADS grant.

Personal Message

Upon retiring from my position as an elementary principal, my roll changed to that of being a mentor for new principals in our district. Under a Wallace Foundation Grant, I meet with new principals weekly to discuss timely matters, (i.e. school improvement, guiding site teams, communication, personnel, district directives, etc.) Our discussions are confidential and I provide assistance and guidance on current issues, potential options, and planning for the future.

Additional Information


1968 Eastern Illinois University, B.A.

Business Partnerships, Foreign Language