• Tony Peloso, President [2017] – My wife, Ann, and I moved into the Taft community in 2005.  We have four children, three of which attend Taft.  I am a Fire Fighter/Paramedic in a local community and have lived in Lockport since 2002.

​I am a 1993 graduate of Providence High School and have my my Associates Degree in Fire Science.  During my time in high school, I was required to perform community service to graduate.  This was a requirement of all the students at the time.  During my community service hours, I found that I was called to be a public servant.  I enjoy the ability to help others in their time of need, and I have found great satisfaction in being able to make Taft a better place for all students.

I was appointed to the School board in 2011 to fill an opening and ran for my first four year elected term in 2013.  After being elected in April of 2013, my fellow board members nominated and elected me to the position of School Board President.  I was humbled to say the least.  This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly.  The decisions we make affect every student and every member of this community.  I promise to make the most informed and best decisions possible to make Taft the best school in the region.

I have completed both PERA and OMA training.

If you ever have a question, or comment, please feel free to contact me.  I can be reached at 708-925-3857 or taft90.president@gmail.com.

  • Christine Jelinek, Vice President [2019] – Update coming soon!

  • Sheri Skowron, Secretary [2019] – My husband, Rick, and I have been married for 15 years. He is a Design Engineer for a consulting firm and I work in Lockport for a local physician. We have 3 children, Hannah who is currently in Jr High, our son, Joshua, is in 5th grade and our youngest son, Mason, will be entering 2nd grade.

I am an active PTA member and with the assistance of a couple parents run the Athletic Association at Taft. I was elected to the school board in 2011. I am very proud to have been elected to this position. I promise to always do my very best for all the children in District 90. Taft community has my word that I will give a constant effort and strong commitment to serve the community.

  • Julie Chesser, Member [2019] – My husband Josh and I have lived in Lockport since 2005.  My daughter Summer started attending kindergarten at Taft School in 2012, and my younger daughter Charlotte will start in 2016.  My family and I have made many friends at Taft, and the community is very welcoming.

​​After attending Hinsdale South High School, I received my Associate’s Degree from the College of DuPage and my Bachelor’s in Education from Illinois State University.  I became a substitute teacher in 1997 in Darien, Downers Grove, and Woodridge.  I began teaching first grade in 1999 at Puffer School in Downers Grove.  In 2004 I received my Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University.

After having two children and teaching first grade for 14 years, I had the opportunity to stay at home and become more involved in the lives of my girls.  I immediately began volunteering at Taft as much as possible.  I help out the PTA however I can, I make copies for teachers, I am a co-chair for the Book Fair, and I am also a Girl Scout leader.  Getting to do all these things for my daughter and her school is a privilege to me.

Being a member of the Taft School Board is an honor to me.  I look forward to the experience of being involved in planning the development and improvement of the school.  My goal is to help make decisions that will benefit Taft students, teachers, staff, and the community.


Send email the Board of Education at BoE@taftsd90.org.

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