About Illinois School

  • Dr. Mays




         Greetings Illinois Family,

    I am both honored and excited to serve as Principal of Illinois School. I come to you as an experienced administrator, many of which started here in Matteson School District 162 and more importantly Illinois School. Illinois School is a Kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school that strives to involve family, community and school personnel in a team effort.  I can assure you that I genuinely share in the community's commitment to caring for our children each and every day while ensuring them a global learning environment.

    I have been a district principal in Hoover Schrum for 10 years. I am the wife of Dr. Brian Mays. We are the proud parents of two adult children, Brianna and Brian Jr. Illinois School is proud of our continuing academic progress.  We have an excellent faculty providing our children with an educational experience that leads all other schools.  As a family, we are committed to preparing our children for the fast-paced world they will face in the future.  

    In closing, please note that even though I cannot greet you face to face, I am only a phone call away. 

    I look forward to see you in the near future!


    Dr. Shernita Mays

    Dr. Shernita Mays, Principal

    Mrs. Houston, Assistant Principal     Welcome Illinois School Family to the 2021-2022 School year!  My name is Kisha Houston, and I am excited to join you this fall as the new Assistant Principal.

    My career in Matteson School District 162 began 25 years ago.  I've worked with students in grades Kindergarten through Eighth.  I was a classroom teacher for 17 years at Matteson School before moving over to Illinois School as the Library Media Specialist.  Over the past eight years, I have enjoyed developing relationships with the students and families of Illinois School.  It’s hard to believe that some of my very first Kindergarteners will be graduating this year!!  Where did the time go?

    I live in the community with my family.  My husband, Don Houston, is also an educator.  We have three wonderful children, Jaden, Jaryn and Jorian.  All of them are proud graduates of Matteson School District 162!  In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks, riding my bike, and my favorite is reading books.

    I look forward to continuing to build relationships with students, families and community members. I believe that together we can maximize every students' potential to become college and career ready, as well as, life long learners.  Excellence is the Expectation, and that is what we will strive for every day!


    Mrs. Kisha Houston, Assistant Principal