Letter from the PrincipalLetter from the Principal(es)

mike-webWelcome to the Brentwood Elementary School website! We are grateful you took the opportunity to access our website to have a better understanding of why we firmly believe Brentwood is an amazing place for children to learn and develop skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century! We encourage you to explore the information found in the different links. Should you have further questions or seek more information about a specific topic after exploring our site, please contact the office at 847 593 4401.

Brentwood Elementary School is located in Des Plaines, Illinois, approximately 20 miles northwest of Chicago. Each day our learners enter the building we strive to live the words of our mission:

Brentwood is a community of learners encouraging high student achievement in a caring environment.

Our school is one of 14 schools in Community Consolidated School District 59. We serve the needs of approximately 430 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade. We embrace and are thankful for the highly diverse population of learners as we take pride in supporting them in understanding and respecting the cultural differences they will be exposed to throughout their life. Brentwood is home to English Language Learners (ELL) and many of our learners are exposed to different languages in their home. We welcome over 25 different languages spoken in our school, with Polish and Gujarati as our most common foreign languages.

The educators at Brentwood are a skilled, dedicated, and hard-working group of professionals focused on providing a welcoming, caring, and engaging learning environment grounded in high expectations for each individual learner. To ensure our learners are provided the very best education imaginable, we provide our educators with many professional development opportunities based on the Common Core learning standards, innovative use of technological resources, and collaborative learning strategies.

To meet the social and emotional needs of our learners, we integrate the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program. Brentwood educators implement lessons within our curriculum to address social and emotional topics such as bullying, respecting differences, and other positive social interactions to ensure we provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere in our school.

We embrace the parents and family members of our learners as partners in the educational process. We strongly encourage you to contact your child’s educator to ask any specific questions relative to the daily happenings in his / her classroom.

With regards to my professional experiences, the start of the 2016-2017 school year will be my third year in Community Consolidated School District 59. My experience in the educational field has been very valuable and rewarding to me as I have served in previous capacities listed below:

Principal – L. J. Stevens Intermediate School Wilmington, IL. 2012 – 2014
Assistant Principal – Aux Sable Middle School Plainfield, IL. 2008-2012
Dean of Students – Aux Sable Middle School Plainfield, IL. 2006-2008
Physical Education / Health Teacher – Martinez Middle School Romeoville, IL. 2001-2006

As an individual who values continual, life-long learning and a leader who encourages and supports higher learning, I also serve adult learners as an adjunct professor of educational leadership for Benedictine University and University of St. Francis. My personal educational background is provided below:

  • Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

University of St. Francis January 2012 – May 2015

• Master of Arts in School Leadership
Concordia University May 2006
• Bachelor of Science in Education – Physical Education
Illinois State University May 2001

I reside in Crest Hill, Illinois with my wife, Nikcole. We have two adorable children, Caleb and Saralyn.

We very much look forward to establishing long-lasting relationships with students, staff, parents, and family members. On behalf of the Brentwood staff, I encourage and welcome you to take advantage of every opportunity you have to come into our school.

Please feel free to contact Assistant Principal, Kathy Beach, or me should you need any further assistance.

GO BEARS!

Proudly serving your families,

Dr. Michael J. Merritt
Principal

mike-webWelcome to the Brentwood Elementary School website! We are grateful you took the opportunity to access our website to have a better understanding of why we firmly believe Brentwood is an amazing place for children to learn and develop skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century! We encourage you to explore the information found in the different links. Should you have further questions or seek more information about a specific topic after exploring our site, please contact the office at 847 593 4401.

Brentwood Elementary School is located in Des Plaines, Illinois, approximately 20 miles northwest of Chicago. Each day our learners enter the building we strive to live the words of our mission:

Brentwood is a community of learners encouraging high student achievement in a caring environment.

Our school is one of 14 schools in Community Consolidated School District 59. We serve the needs of approximately 430 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade. We embrace and are thankful for the highly diverse population of learners as we take pride in supporting them in understanding and respecting the cultural differences they will be exposed to throughout their life. Brentwood is home to English Language Learners (ELL) and many of our learners are exposed to different languages in their home. We welcome over 25 different languages spoken in our school, with Polish and Gujarati as our most common foreign languages.

The educators at Brentwood are a skilled, dedicated, and hard-working group of professionals focused on providing a welcoming, caring, and engaging learning environment grounded in high expectations for each individual learner. To ensure our learners are provided the very best education imaginable, we provide our educators with many professional development opportunities based on the Common Core learning standards, innovative use of technological resources, and collaborative learning strategies.

To meet the social and emotional needs of our learners, we integrate the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program. Brentwood educators implement lessons within our curriculum to address social and emotional topics such as bullying, respecting differences, and other positive social interactions to ensure we provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere in our school.

We embrace the parents and family members of our learners as partners in the educational process. We strongly encourage you to contact your child’s educator to ask any specific questions relative to the daily happenings in his / her classroom.

With regards to my professional experiences, the start of the 2016-2017 school year will be my third year in Community Consolidated School District 59. My experience in the educational field has been very valuable and rewarding to me as I have served in previous capacities listed below:

Principal – L. J. Stevens Intermediate School Wilmington, IL. 2012 – 2014
Assistant Principal – Aux Sable Middle School Plainfield, IL. 2008-2012
Dean of Students – Aux Sable Middle School Plainfield, IL. 2006-2008
Physical Education / Health Teacher – Martinez Middle School Romeoville, IL. 2001-2006

As an individual who values continual, life-long learning and a leader who encourages and supports higher learning, I also serve adult learners as an adjunct professor of educational leadership for Benedictine University and University of St. Francis. My personal educational background is provided below:

  • Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

University of St. Francis January 2012 – May 2015

• Master of Arts in School Leadership
Concordia University May 2006
• Bachelor of Science in Education – Physical Education
Illinois State University May 2001

I reside in Crest Hill, Illinois with my wife, Nikcole. We have two adorable children, Caleb and Saralyn.

We very much look forward to establishing long-lasting relationships with students, staff, parents, and family members. On behalf of the Brentwood staff, I encourage and welcome you to take advantage of every opportunity you have to come into our school.

Please feel free to contact Assistant Principal, Kathy Beach, or me should you need any further assistance.

GO BEARS!

Proudly serving your families,

Dr. Michael J. Merritt
Principal(need es)