Nestled in the southeast corner of Tampico, TES has a wonderful campus to educate our 200-plus students. With kindergarten through third grade, we serve Tampico and Deer Grove area students much like a community or neighborhood school. We also serve as a district attendance center for both fourth and fifth grades. Our new classroom wing gives modern amenities. Being a former high school and middle school location, we have a large field which we often utilize, especially in physical education classes.
TES staff members give their all to provide a safe, student-oriented school where we emphasize accountability on ourselves for providing rich educational experiences and for students to meet academic expectations. We use a positive behavior program, ROCKS, which aligns with the PBIS framework, that we have developed in concert with Prophetstown Elementary School to make their students’ transition to Tampico smoother.
TES offers programs in special education, remedial reading through our Title 1 program, speech/language therapy, daily physical education, fifth-grade band, K-5 vocal music, K-5 technology and counseling. In each classroom, we dedicate a large part of the day to literacy instruction and math. We are also proud we are able to provide highly qualified and effective staff to implement this instruction.
A 2002 graduate of Sterling High School, Mr. Jim Geer first attended Sauk Valley Community College with the intent of becoming a high school history teacher. Through a family friend, it was arranged for him to observe some elementary classes so he could see and be able to consider the younger grades while he was still at Sauk. As it turned out, he really liked the elementary style and changed his college course so he would be able to teach K-8. After Sauk, Mr. Geer transferred to Aurora University and completed coursework there in the spring of 2007, including student teaching fourth and fifth grades in Erie. He then taught grades two and four-eight at East Coloma School in Rock Falls from 2007-2014. From 2011-2013 Mr. Geer attended Aurora University to obtain his license to be an administrator, and in July of 2014 he came aboard at TES as principal.