CRISTEN DIANE “CECE” GREER
Whittier Primary School
Peoria Public Schools
Occupation: Cristen “Cece” Greer, a fourth-grade teacher at Whittier Primary School, teaches a variety of subjects, including English-Language Arts, math, science and social studies. To prepare her students for middle school, she weaves daily instruction with lessons in organizational skills, problem-solving strategies and other learning tools. Her ultimate goal is to teach them to be kind. She also mentors new teachers and helps train student teachers.
Community Involvement: Ms. Greer’s extensive volunteerism began when she was a child, following the example set by her parents, Christopher Greer and the late Diane Walker Greer. As a member of the Peoria graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the NAACP’s Peoria branch and a charter member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Peoria, she has participated in community service projects for many local organizations, including raising money for scholarships and families in need and working on food drives, book drives, coat drives, voter registration drives and community clean-up campaigns. She is also the graduate advisor for Bradley University’s student chapter of AKAs.
Education: Bachelor of science, elementary education, Western Illinois University; master of arts, teaching and leadership, Saint Xavier University
Three things she’s passionate about: “I am passionate about helping others, anything music and self-love/growth.”
Three favorite hobbies: Traveling, writing spoken word/poetry, and karaoke
Career influence or inspiration: “I was blessed enough to have some really dope Black teachers while growing up in Peoria Public Schools. It was rare, though. I knew more Black teachers were needed. I knew I could be that Black teacher that was needed in PPS. A few of those teachers were Mrs. Gloria Campbell, Mrs. Johnnie Locker, Mrs. Alma McConnell, and Mr. Herschel Hannah. They had more of an impact on me than I realized at the time.”
Inspirational quote: “It’s a constant quest to try to be better today than you were yesterday. It means to be able to constantly try to be the best version of yourself.” Kobe Bryant on the ‘Mamba Mentality’
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