Saturday, February 29, 2020

Brett Elliott: PHEARCE PLCs

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Brett Elliott
Brett Elliott, Principal of Richwoods High School in Peoria, Illinois, shares his PHEARCE philosophy with us:


Brett also discusses his work with Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and how he leverages technology tools for teaching, learning, and professional learning #GlobalPLC
“Leadership is truly about the people you’re leading.”
- Brett Elliott 

Twitter Handle: @brettmelliott1

Brett Elliott: Professional Bio

Brett M. Elliott has spent 25 years in the urban public education system as a teacher, coach and administrator. His passion and energy set him apart from the pack with a resume of excellence. He has taken over a failing urban high school and transformed the entire culture for learning through positive student and staff relationships, high energy and growth mindset for learning. Whether transforming and failing urban high school into “The Pride of the City” or redefining the school culture of an International Bachelorette High school into “The Standard of Excellence”, his knowledge of teaching, learning and culture provide a wealth of knowledge to any organization. His enthusiasm for change and creating the “ultimate learning environment” make him a valuable asset to any organization seeking to their school and district to the next level.


  • NEWSWEEK Best STEM High Schools in the Nation 2020
  • Illinois Journalism Association Administrator of the Year 2019
  • Northern Illinois University – Marguerite F. Key Fellowship for Innovation and Excellence in High School Leadership 2019
  • Illinois State Board of Education “Award of Excellence”, Administrator of the Year 2017
  • Peoria Public Schools “Those Who Excel” Administrator of the Year 2017
  • U.S. News and World Reports “Best High Schools in the Nation” Silver Award 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Illinois Principals Association “Principal of the Year” 2015-16
  • “Principal of the Year” Council for Exceptional Children 2014-15
  • Staff Morale and Service Award – Peoria Public School 2013-14
  • YouTube Documentary “A Case Study” Peoria High School 2014
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