Peggy Lillis loved family, community and her students. Her spirit still lives in the lives of the children she taught. The award created for her “The Peggy Lillis Spirit of Community Award” was and will be given to students who exemplify teamwork and good citizenship.
I had the pleasure of being next door to Peggy in P.S. 198. When she first came to our school she took over a Pre-K class. I knew she was a great person from the first day I meet her. Her smile said it all. She was wonderful with the children and so happy to have her own class. When she was a kindergarten teacher we worked together closely. She always taught the children about treating others as they would like to be treated.
Peggy was part of the PBIS team. She was new to the school and wanted to make a difference. Peggy had a part in helping to create positive behavior in P.S. 198. Rules were made for the whole school to follow. The students could be Safe, Outstanding, Attentive and Respectful. They can “SOAR” and then recieve a rocket for positive behavior.
Not only did we share stories about our students, we shared stories about our families and life. Every morning we would share stories. As a Gym teacher I worked with her and her class in the mornings.
When we lost Peggy I knew I had to help keep her spirit alive in her class. This was not an easy task. She had laid a great foundation in K-013. The day she passed the parents of her children were told. The next day her kindergarten class came to school with broken hearts. The whole day was spent talking, crying, drawing and writing about Ms. Lillis. She loved those children and they loved her.
The rest of the school year was spent trying to keep Peggy’s spirit alive in class. Everytime something was taught I would think how would she present it to the children. A graduation performance that Peggy discussed with Bianca was performed at graduation. Teamwork, the class rocked.
Ms. Lillis your spirit lives in the P.S. 198 community in our hearts and souls. We love and miss you!