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HillValeska Hill,

Head Principal

 

Hello my name is Valeska Hill and it is my distinct honor to serve our scholars and families within our community. I am not only humbled but I'm extremely excited and proud to serve as Principal of THEE Cahokia High School. I am entering my 2nd year as head Principal. Previously, I served as the Associate Principal at Cahokia High School for 11th grade from 2017-2019.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  I am entering my 27th year in the educational arena with 21 years as an Administrator and 6 years as a special Education teacher.  

I have been married to Coach Todd D. Hill for 29 years. We have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. I am a member of New Life Community Church in East St. Louis, IL and a former Sunday School Teacher. I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

I am proud to announce that I began my teaching career at Wirth Middle School within the Cahokia School District in 1994 where I taught Special Education for four years then transferred to Cahokia High School in 1998 and taught ninth grade for two years. 

In 2000, I was offered my first Administrative position as the Assistant Principal at North Jr. High in Collinsville School District where I was the first African-American female Administrator in the district.  I served as a Special Education Administrator for one year at the District Office in Edwardsville School District.  In addition, I served three years as a Special Education Administrator with Special School District. I also served as an Elementary Principal at Lalumier Elementary in Cahokia as well as a Turnaround Principal at Harris Elementary in Madison for three years.  I was then named as the Turnaround Principal at Westview Middle School in Riverview Gardens School District and remained in that capacity for seven years from 2010-2017.

I pride myself in going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our scholars are equipped with all the necessary services and supports to become successful citizens in this ever changing society.

I am a firm believer that it takes a “Village to Raise a Child." My Favorite motto: "We Are All In This Together" because we "Monitor What Matters"

 

Some of my Professional Accomplishments include:

Leadership & Service Award 2011

Maxine Clark Award for Excellence in School Leadership 2012-13

Presenter at Powerful Learning Conference 2013

Excellence in Leadership Award 2013-14

Ducis Exemplum (Lead by Example) Award 2015

Presenter at Model Schools Conference July 2017

EdwardsKiota Edwards,

Associate Principal

I’m Kiota Edwards, I’m a very Proud Graduate of Fisk University where I received my Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Clinical Psychology. I later returned to school to attend Lindenwood University to obtain my Master of Science Degree in Special Education and Educational Administration. 

I began my educational career in St. Louis Public Schools as a Special Education Teacher. In 2006, I became a part of the CUSD family. I started at Centerville School as a Special Education teacher before moving to high school. 

In 2009, I began my administrative career as Assistant Principal at Wirth School. I have administrative experience at all grade levels from kindergarten to 12th grade. I’ve been in my current Associate Principal position at CHS for the past 7 years. For the 20-21 school year, I will be the Principal for grades 11 & 12. 

I consider myself a lifelong learner & enjoy learning new things. I believe that all students CAN & WILL LEARN.

I’m looking forward to an AWESOME school year. 

 

Felicia Rush-Taylor, Associate Principal

Hello! My name is Ms. Felicia Rush-Taylor, and I will be an Associate Principal at Cahokia High School and working primarily with the incoming freshmen class; however, I will be visible and accessible to all students and staff Cahokia High School.  I am returning to the Cahokia School District after six years.

I attended East St. Louis Sr. High school and graduated in 1986. I then went on to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) and graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and then furthered my studies at the same university and obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1998, and after which I enrolled in a cohort program between SIUE and SIUC in which I obtained my Superintendent’s Endorsement.  It is my desire to enroll within the next year to pursue my Doctorate in Education.

I began my teaching career in East St. Louis, IL at East St. Louis Sr. High School where I served as the Project Speak Teacher for two years and also a permanent substitute teacher.  I then moved to the Cahokia School District where I served as a substitute teacher in grades K-12. I was then officially hired in the capacity of a 9th Grade ELA Teacher at Cahokia High School where I remained for five years.  I then moved on to the role of Dean of Students and an Assistant Principal at the high school.  After several years, I was offered the position of elementary principal at Penniman Elementary School, and after that position, I moved to an Associate Principal at Cahokia High School.  After this duty was fulfilled, I moved on to several positions affiliated with Cahokia High School such as the Cahokia East Principal, and was responsible for grades 9-12 and served students who were somewhat interested in the CTE programs as well as having a college-bound focus.  We then transformed again to the Sophomore Academy which was responsible for 10th graders only, and I remained as head principal. After another transformation in the Cahokia School District, I then became the head principal for the 8th grade Academy which is where I served until being called to another administrative position in the Alton School District where I was responsible for 6th graders, oversaw the Restorative Practices initiative at the middle school, PBIS, both universal and secondary committees,  the Intervention Center, The Mannie Jackson Club, and the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club as well as being responsible for supervisory duties, evaluations, and curriculum oversight and data analysis.

I am excited to return to the Cahokia District and am eager to serve in any capacity which could be inclusive of serving in community initiatives, working with students, staff, and parents, and doing anything I can do to help develop our students both socially and academically.  It is my job to support and to work with all stakeholders in assuring the academic success of our students, our school, and our district.  I bring to you 28 years of educational experience as well as my belief that all students can and will learn under my watch. All students may not learn the same way and at the same time, but they CAN all learn and be successful.

I am thankful for the experiences I have received in all districts which have helped develop the educator/administrator that I am today. I have always believed that learning is continuous for all of us and we must stay current with instructional practices, educational initiatives, and must be willing to think outside of the box in order to motivate our students to learn. I believe in Dr. Stephen Peters’ statement that says, “NO ONE RISES TO LOW EXPECTATIONS.” Therefore,  we must maintain high expectations for students, and most of all, provide them the necessary tools and supports in order to assist them in reaching them.  I am Ms. Felicia Rush-Taylor, and I look forward to serving you.

Demario Bell, Associate Principal

Demario Bell, from East St. Louis, Illinois is a graduate from Lincoln Senior High School. He attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkin, Texas. Mr. Bell received his Bachelor's Degree in Special and Physical Education.

Mr. Bell also received both Master Degrees in Education and Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. 

Mr. Bell worked as a Special Education teacher at St. Louis Public School District for 5 years. He also worked as a Special Education Teacher and an Assistant Middle and High School Principal at East St. Louis School District for 9 years. He then became head principal at Venice Elementary School District for 5 years. 

Demario Bell has a daughter and son, Sydney and Collin Bell. Mr. Bell is a member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.