Meet Our Staff

 

2016- 2017 Staff Bio

Name

Position 

Education
Ms. Abraham Science Instructor

B. S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and Spanish- University of Michigan

M. S. in Secondary Education- Johns Hopkins University
 

Mr. Acevedo
Custodian 
 
Mr. Acosta
Learning Specialist
B.S. Humanities for Teaching- Seattle University
Mr. Adams
Band Instructor
B.M. Music Education- University of Massachusetts Amherst
 
M. M. Music Education- Boston University
Ms. Angel
Student Aide
B. S. in Psychology- Davidson College
Ms. J. Arroyo 
Dean of Discipline 
B. A. in Political Science- University of Illinois at Chicago

M. A. T. in Social Studies- University of Southern California
Mr. Arroyo
Culture Team Member 
B. A. in Psychology- Northern Illinois University

Ms. P. Arroyo

Dean of Operations

B.S. in Secondary Education- Loyola University Chicago

B. A. in Spanish- Loyola University Chicago

Ms. Ballard
Director of College Counseling
B. A. in Psychology and Dance- Northwestern University

Ms. Balsewich

Assistant Principal

B. A. in English- Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

M. A. T. in Curriculum and Instruction- National Louis University

Ed. S. in Administration- University of Nevada

Ms. Blum
Learning Specialist
B. S. in Education and Public Policy- Pennsylvania State University
 
M. A. in Teaching- National Louis University

Ms. Borling

Assistant Principal

B. S. in Biology and Chemistry- Indiana University

M. A. in Teaching- Dominican University

Mr. Bortnick

Math Instructor

B. S. Mathematics and Specialization in Education- Purdue University

Ms. Bowdy
College Seminar Instructor
B. A. in Secondary English Education- University of Kentucky
Mr. Brady
Reading Instructor
B.S. Secondary Education and Social Studies- Butler University

Mr. Bristol

Science Instructor

B.A. in Mathematics Education- Canisius College

M.A. School and Guidance Counseling-  Loyola Marymount University

Ms. Cook

Physical Education Instructor

B. S. Political Science and Spanish- Purdue University

M. A. in Teaching- Dominican University

Mr. Corral

Physical Education Instructor

B. A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Physical Education- Northeastern University

Ms. Couwenhoven

Learning Specialist

B. S. Secondary Education Social Studies at Indiana University Bloomington

M. A. in Special Education- University of Illinois at Chicago

Ms. Curley
Social Worker 
B. S. in Speech Language Pathology- Marquette University
 
A. M. in Social Service Administration- University of Chicago

Ms. Desgrosellier

College Counselor

B. A. in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature- Western Washignton University

M. A. in Teaching- Dominican University

Ms. Donati

Science Instructor

B. S. in Chemistry and Psychology- University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

M. A. in Teaching- Relay GSE

Ms. Ettlinger
English Instructor
B. S. in Secondary Education- Penn State University
 
M. Ed. Administration- Grand Canyon University
Mr. Fearing
Math Instructor
B. A. in Economics- Lawrence University
Mr. Flisk
 Paraprofessional
B. A. in History and Political Science- University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Ms. Furstenau

English Instructor

B. A. in Sociology- Northwestern University

M. S. in Teaching- Pace University

Ms. Gottke

Dean of Specialized Services

B. A. in Women's Studies and Disability Studies- Miami University

M. Ed. in Special Education- National Louis University

Ms. Graney

Art Instructor

B. A. in Psychology-  Northwestern University

Mr. Grubbs

Science Instructor

B. S. in Chemistry- College of William and Mary

M. A. T. in Secondary Education- Relay Graduate School of Education

Ms. Healy

Math Instructor

B. A. in Religious Studies- University of California Santa Barbara

M. A. in Teaching- Dominican University

M. Ed. in Learning and Teaching with Instructional Leadership Focus- Harvard University

Dr. Heltzel

Reading Instructor

B. A. in Biology and Psychology- Illinois College

M. F. A. in Creative Writing- Texas State University

Ph. D. in English- University of Illinois at Chicago

Mr. Hernandez

Culture Team Member

DeVry University

Ms. Hernandez

Office Manager

B. S. in Bio-Engineering- University of Illinois at Chicago

Ms. Holley
Paraprofessional
B. A. in Fiction Writing- Columbia College Chicago

Ms. Hollis

Math Instructor

B. A. in Mathematics and Spanish- DePauw University

Mr. Hunefeld
Math Instructor
B. S. in Mechanical Engineering- University of Michigan
Ms. Hutsona
Science Instructor
B. S. in Psychology and Spanish- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
 
M. A, in Teaching- Dominican University

Mr. Insalaco

Math Instructor

B. S. in Mathematics- Michigan State University

M. A. in Teaching Secondary Education- National Louis University

Ms. James

Learning Specialist

B. B. Administration- Temple University

M. A. Special Education- Roosevelt University

Ms. Katz

Reading Instructor

B. A. in Literature and Political Science- Claremont McKenna College

Mr. Kelley

Custodian 

 

Mr. Kramer

Science Instructor

B. S. in Chemistry- University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Ms. Laven

Spanish Instructor

B. A. in Spanish- Lawrence University

M. Ed Secondary Education- Dominican University

Ms. MacCallum

College Seminar Instructor

B. S. in Political Science- University od Wisconsin- Madison

Ms. Maino

Student Aide

B. A. in Psychology and Human Development- DePaul University

Mr. D. Martinez

Building Engineer

B. A. in Political Science- Triton College

Mr. J. Martinez

Reading Instructor

B. A. in Communication- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mr. McDonough

Dean of Instruction 

B. A. in English and Secondary Education- University of Michigan

Ms. McDonough

Principal

B. S. in Mathematics- University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

M. A. in Organization and Leadership- Columbia University

Ms. McKenna

Math Instructor

B. S. in Biopsychology- University of California

M. A. in Teaching- Dominican University

Lt. Meza Ortega

MCJROTC SMI

B. S. Aircraft Maintenance Management- St. Louis University

M. S. Logistics Management- Florida Institute of Technology

Ms. Momson

Administrative Assistant

B. of Music- VanderCook College of Music (In progress)
Ms. Morgan

English Instructor

B.A. English and Secondary Education- DePaul University

Ms. Morris
Science Instructor
B. S. in Physics- University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
 
M. S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction- Northern Illinois University
Ms. Mucino Paraprofessional B. A. in Psychology and Human Services- DePaul University

Ms. Nance

English Instructor

B. M. E. in Music Education- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ms. Nassar

Learning Specialist

B. S. in Psychology- Clarkson University

M. A. in Special Education- Dominican University

Ms. Nolke

English Instructor

Bachelor's - DePaul University

Masters- Marquette University

Ms. Patlajan Learning Specialist

B. A. in English Literature- Clark University

M. S. Ed. in English Secondary Education- John hopkins University
 

Ms. Pedraza Paraprofessional B. A. in Psychology and Political Science- Monmouth College

Ms. J. Ramirez

Operations Coordinator

B. A. in K-12 Education and Spanish- Lake Forest College

Ms. L. Ramirez Spanish Instructor

B. A. in Journalism- Universidad de Morelia

M. S. in Political Science- Universidad Vasco de Quiroga

Mr. Record

Interventionist

B. A. in Political Science- University of Notre Dame

Mr. Rivas

Alumni Counselor

B. A. in Government and Spanish- Claremont McKenna College

Ms. Sanchez

Administrative Assistant

B. A. in Accounting- Robert Morris University

Ms. Shuki

Learning Specialist

B. A. in Special Education- Ohio University

M. A. in Curriculum and Instruction- Ohio University

Mr. Simmons

Assistant Dean of Discipline

 

Mr. Sisco

Math Instructor

B. S. in Mathematics- Northwestern University

B. A. in Psychology- Northwestern University

Mr. Steele

Physical Education Instructor

B. A. in Social Welfare & Justice- Marquette University

B. A. in Spanish- Marquette University

Mr. Stefan

Science Instructor

B. S. in Chemistry, Biology and German- Valparaiso University

M. S. Ed. Secondary Science Education- Johns Hopkins University

Ms. Thut

Learning Specialist

B. S. in Secondary Education, History and Psychology- Marquette University

M. Ed. Special Education- George Mason University

Mr. Torres

Alumni Counselor

B. S. in Applied Economics and Political Science- Florida State University

Ms. Torres

Administrative Assistant

B. A. in Accounting- Robert Morris University 

Ms. Tortorice

Choir Instructor

B.M. in Music Education- VanderCook College of Music

Ms. Viegut

Reading Instructor

B. S. in Human Development & Family Studies- University of Wisconsin- Madison

Ms. Wentzel
Reading Instructor
B. S. in Youth Studies- University of Minneapolis
 
M. A. in Teaching- Hamline University 

Ms. Werd

Reading Instructor

B. A. in History, English and Creative Writing- University of Wisconsin

M. A. in Curriculum and Instruction- University of Mississippi

Ms. Wiegand
Reading Instructor
B. A. in Anthropology and Art History- Tufts University
 
M. Ed. Education Policy and Management- Harvard University

Ms. Williams

Administrative Assistant

B. S. in IPO Communication- University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point

Ms. Wong

Learning Specialist

B. A. in Public Policy- University of Chicago

M. A. T. in Special Education- National Louis University