Sahs Staff

Sahs staff and e-mail list

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Superintendent - Erin Hackett

Educational Background:

BA in Special Education - Illinois State University

Master in Educational Administration and Type 75 Certification - Governors State University

University of St. Francis- Superintendent Endorsement

Professional Organizations:

Illinois Association of School Administrators

Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Illinois Association of School Boards

IAASE - Illinois Alliance of Administration of Special Education

Initial Year at Sahs:

2015

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Principal - Jennifer Toschi

Educational Background:

B.A. in Education - Northern Illinois University

Master in Curriculum and Instruction - National Louis University

Master in Educational Leadership and Type 75 Certification - Roosevelt University

Professional Organizations:

Illinois Principal's Association

Initial Year at Sahs:

1994

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Office Staff - Carol Smith

Initial Year at Sahs:

1997

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Office Staff - Julie Egan

Initial Year at Sahs:

2020

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Office Staff - Yesenia Gonzalez

Initial Year at Sahs:

2020

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Nurse - Kelly Ambre

Initial Year at Sahs:

2009

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IT/Data Support - Giuseppe Tifoideo

Educational Background:

Associates of Applied Science in Network System Administration - DeVry University 2011

Bachelors of Science in Network Communication Management - DeVry University 2013

Initial Year at Sahs:

2014

Additional Information:

I love to spend time with my wife and our 3 kids, Alessandro, Amelia, and Matthias.

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Bilingual Preschool Teacher - Meliza Rodriguez

Educational Background:

B.A. Early Childhood Education - Northeastern Illinois University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2021

Additional Information:

Professional Organization - Golden Apple Foundation - Teaching Scholar

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Teacher - Renee Frixen

Educational Background:

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education - Concordia University Chicago

Initial Year at Sahs:

2017

Additional Information:

I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, Kylie, Ella, Gavin, and Lucas. I also love to bake and craft.

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Kindergarten - Kimberly Grachan

Educational Background:

Associate in Arts (Education) - Morton College

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education - Illinois State University

Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University Chicago

ESL Endorsement - Concordia University Chicago

Initial Year at Sahs:

1993

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Kindergarten Bilingual - Astrid Garcia

Educational Background:

Associates in Arts - Harold Washington College

Bachelors Degree in Sociology - UIC

Professional Educator License

Initial Year at Sahs:

2012

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First Grade - Amy Hervieux

Educational Background:

Bachelors of Arts in elementary education from Elmhurst College

Masters of Education from National Louis University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2001

Additional Information:

3 Children: Christopher, Mallory, and Avery

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First Grade Bilingual - Nancy Avila

Educational Background:

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education - University of Illinoisat Chicago

ESL and Bilingual Endorsements

Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2015

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First Grade - Lisa Zelinski-Olsen

Educational Background:

Associates Degree - Moraine Valley Community College

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education - Governors State University

Masters Degree to be a Reading Specialist - Governors State University

Professional Organizations:

Member of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor society of the International Reading Association

Initial Year at Sahs:

1999

Additional Information:

Began my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher for the Archdiocese of Chicago for two years prior to working as Sahs. I absolutely love my job as a Kindergarten teacher. I enjoy bringing new ideas, and fun ways of learning into the classroom. I have a musical flair, so I try to extend my love for music to all my students in order to enhance learning. I was once told that I have found my calling, and I truly believe I did!

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Second Grade Bilingual - Maricela Maldonado

Educational Background:

Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education - Northeastern IL University

Master's Degree in Bilingual Education - Northeastern IL University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2018

Additional Information:

I enjoy spending time with my family and love to travel

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Second Grade - Carrie Duffner

Educational Background:

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education - St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana

Masters Degree in Reading - Chicago State University

Professional Organizations:

AFT - IFT

Initial Year at Sahs:

2001

Additional Information:

I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 children, Billy and Ella who continue to teach me each and every day with all of their fun ideas.

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Third Grade - Kathryn Mueller

Educational Background:

Associates Degree - Moraine Valley Community College

Bachelors Degree in elementary Education - Aurora University

Masters Degree, Type 75, Educational Leadership - Olivet Nazarene University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2007

Additional Information:

I enjoy spending time with my husband Kyle and 4 children, Hudson, Nora, Clare, and Finn. For fun I like to watch movies, run outside, and go to the park with my kids. I love decorating and shopping too!

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Third Grade Bilingual - Jolie Avant

Educational Background:

Associate in Foreign Language - La Salle University - Bogota, Colombia

Associates in Arts (Education) - Prairie State College - Chicago Heights, IL

Bachelor's Degree Bachelor of Arts - Governors State University - Madison, IL

ESL and Bilingual Endorsements- National Louis University- Chicago, IL

Professional Organizations:

Member of Phi Theta Kappa

Initial Year at Sahs:

2016

Additional Information:

I enjoy spending time with my husband and my two girls Tzeitel and Adelyn. In my free time, I love outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, biking and running.

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Forth Grade - Jodi Sheehy

Educational Background:

B.A. in Sociology - Northern Illinois University

M.A. in Education - St. Xavier University

ESL Endorsement from National Louis University in 2015

Initial Year at Sahs:

2002

Additional Information:

I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughters Allison and Samantha as well as watching and participating in sports.

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4th/6th Grade - Fabian Rojas

Educational Background:

B.A. in Foreign language- Chicago State

M.A. in Elementary Education -Lewis University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2019

Additional Information:

I love sports, especially baseball and football. On my free time I enjoy bike riding, woodworking, and playing with my two dogs. I Also love sitting back and watching movies with my wife and daughter.

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Fifth Grade - Mary Johnson

Educational Background:

B.S. in Education - St. Xavier University

M.A. in Curriculum Instruction - Olivet Nazarene University

Currently enrolled through National Program in ESL Endorsement

Initial Year at Sahs:

2002

Additional Information:

Student Council coordinator. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Bill and my two daughters Abby and Madeline, watching and attending White Sox games, and playing with my two Golden Retrievers Abe and Tess.

At Sahs, I help coordinate the Walk and Jog Club as well as the Student Council.

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Bilingual 5th Grade - Ophelia Peroutka

Educational Background:

Undergraduate at U of I Chicago Circle Campus

Masters in Bilingual Education from Chicago State University

Type 75 administration

Professional Organizations:

Bilingual Advisory Committee

Social Committee

Initial Year at Sahs:

2018

Additional Information:

I love to teach and help others. I enjoy keeping active by biking, swimming and mostly golfing

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Intermediate Resource - Jamie McClain

Educational Background:

B.S. in Elementary Education - Governors State University

M.A. in Special Education - Chicago State University

M.A. in Reading (Reading Specialist) - Olivet Nazarene University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2007

Additional Information:

I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, Connor and Audrey. I also love to cook and scrapbook.

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Sixth Grade - Jody DePeder

Educational Background:

B.A. in Elementary Education - Northern Illinois University 1998

Masters in Reading - St. Xavier University 2003

Initial Year at Sahs:

1999

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Seventh Grade (Junior High Social Studies) - Mark Danforth

Educational Background:

B.A. Political Science - College of St. Francis

Secondary Educational Certification and 30 hours Post Graduate Work through DePaul University

Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Type 75 Certification - Northern Illinois University

Initial Year at Sahs:

1991

Additional Information:

Wife Susan is also a teacher in New Lenox, Illinois

Loves Hockey, Guitar, Trivial Information and his dog Wilbur

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Seventh Grade Literature and Language Arts/Fourth Grade Math, Science, and Social Studies/K-3 Science Engaged Learning - Karen Delestowicz

Educational Background:

B.A. in Elementary Education - Benedectine University in 1998

M.A. in Teaching and Leadership - St. Xavier University in 2004

ESL Endorsement - National Louis University in 2015

Professional Organizations:

American Federation of Teachers

Illinois Federation of Teachers

Initial Year at Sahs:

2000

Additional Information:

I have 2 children, Bobby and Grace, who teach me new things about life every day. I also just got a Wheaten Terrier puppy named Sydney. She definitely keeps life entertaining!

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Eight Grade Language Arts and Literature & Technology co-teacher - Lisa Gibbons

Educational Background:

B.A. in Elementary Education (Language Arts Major/ Science Minor) - University of Michigan 2001

MA Degree in Reading - St. Xavier University 2005

Professional Organizations:

International Reading Association

Initial Year at Sahs:

2002

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Eight Grade (Junior High Science) - Jacqueline Sobczak

Educational Background:

B.S. - DePaul University

Masters Degree in Education Administration and Type 75 Certification - St. Xavier University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2005

Additional Information:

I enjoy running marathons and spending time with my family and friends. I am also the cheerleading coach for Junior High

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Junior High Math - Pamela Storti

Educational Background:

B.A. in Elementary Education - Illinois Wesleyan University

Endorsement in Mathematics

Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics

Initial Year at Sahs:

1996

Additional Information:

Eagle Hour Teacher. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my 4 boys. Extra Jobs: Springfield and Washington D.C. Trip Coordinator, Yearbook Coordinator.

Volleyball sponsor to extra jobs.

Eagle Hour

SOS Coordinator

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Junior High Resource - Christine Wendt

Educational Background:

BA Education

MA Educational Leadership

Initial Year at Sahs:

2011

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HOPE/Humanities and FACS - Cheryl Valek

Educational Background:

B.S. in Home Economics Education - University of Illinois

M.A. Early Childhood Education - Concordia University

ESL Endorsement from National Louis University

Professional Organizations:

Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Science

American Association of Family and Consumer Science

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Initial Year at Sahs:

1988

Additional Information:

2000 Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year of State of Illinois

Heart of Sahs Award Winner

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Reading/Math Interventionist - LeeAnn Mazuroski

Educational Background:

B.A. in elementary Education - Illinois Benedectine College

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University

Endorsement in ESL - English as a Secong Language - Concordia University

Initial Year at Sahs:

1984 - 1990

2002 - Present

Additional Information:

Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my girls named Katelyn and Megan.

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Music/Band - Irene Trimberger

Educational Background:

B.M.Ed. - Millikin University

Master in Ed. Admin. - Northern Illinois University

Professional Organizations:

I.M.E.A. - Illinois Music Educators Association

Initial Year at Sahs:

2016

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Physical Education - Cynthia Dyrkacz

Educational Background:

B.S. in Education - Illinois State University

M.A. in Teaching and Leadership - St. Xavier University

ESL Endorsement Grades K-12 - National Louis University

Professional Organizations:

IAHPERD (Illinois Association for Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance)

SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators)

Initial Year at Sahs:

1992

Additional Information:

Heart of Sahs Award Recipient, Box Tops for Education Coordinator

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Physical Education - Arthur Gamino

Educational Background:

Graduated from Trinity College in 2005

Professional Organizations:

IAHPERD (Illinois Association for Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance)

Initial Year at Sahs:

2006

Additional Information:

Sahs 8th Grade Softball Coach

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Library Clerk - Donna Chesser

Initial Year at Sahs:

2000

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Interventionist / Library Teacher / Curriculum - Paulina Bednarek

Educational Background:

B.A. in Elementary Education - St. Xavier University

Master of Arts in Educational Administration - Governor's State University

Initial Year at Sahs:

2004

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Speech Language Pathologist - Suzanna Ramirez

Educational Background:

Initial Year at Sahs:

2019

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School Social Worker - Molly Ward

Educational Background:

Professional Organizations:

Initial Year at Sahs:

2021

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ELL Teacher - Lindsey Carrillo

Educational Background:

Associates Degree from MVCC

Bachelor's Degree from St. Xavier University

Professional Organizations:

SAHS BPAC (Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee)

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Initial Year at Sahs:

2007

Additional Information:

I'm a mom of 3 boys and we love to go visit all the museums and take road trips as often as possible.

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Paraprofessional - Jacqueline Morelos

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Professional Organizations:

Initial Year at Sahs:

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Paraprofessional - Diane Ludwikowski

Educational Background:

Attended Charles J. Sahs School grades K-8

Reavis High School grades 9-12

Paraprofessional Exam

Professional Organizations:

Cubscouts - Leader and Master several years

PTA - Executive Board officer 9 years including 3 years as president

Initial Year at Sahs:

2008

Additional Information:

Sahs volunteer 13 years

Sahs alumni K-8

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Paraprofessional - Dana Poulsen

Educational Background:

Associate in Applied Science from Morton College

I also went to Sahs and Reavis graduating from both

Professional Organizations:

Serve on the PTA

Others:

Eaglette coach, Cheer leading coach, JV softball coach

Initial Year at Sahs:

2007

Additional Information:

I am on the executive board for the PTA. I have coached basketball and softball in the past. I have also ran multiple after school activities and love working at Sahs. I am a graduate from Sahs and have 3 children now attend Sahs too

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Instructional Assistant - Maria Kowalczyk

Educational Background:

Finished schooling in Poland. Took English as a Second language - Loop College

Took Travel and Tourism - Harold Washington College

Initial Year at Sahs:

2002

Additional Information:

3 children: Andrew, Bridget, and Casey. Worked 13 years at Sears Pension Office. Help out my husband at his law office whenever I can. enjoy craft, skiing and spending time with family

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Paraprofessional - Instructional Assistant - Maria Zurek

Educational Background:

Graduated High School - LO Jablonka (Poland)

Early Childhood Education College - Nowy Sacz (Poland)

Paraprofessional Exam

Professional Organization:

PTA - Hospitality

Initial Year at Sahs:

2007

Additional Information:

Mother of 4 boys (Dawid, Tomasz, Lukasz, Michal). Sahs volunteer for 11 years. I like to travel.

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Paraprofessional - Carmela Jimenez

Initial Year at Sahs:

2015

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AERO STAR Teacher - Gerald Laboy

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Arts in English with concentration in American Literature - University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011

Master of Arts in Special Education - Saint Xavier University, 2015

Professional Organizations:

Council for Exceptional Children

Kappa Delta Pi

Initial Year at Sahs:

2018

Additional Information:

I love to travel with my wife. Our favorite destination is Washington D.C. I am also a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan.

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AERO STAR Instructional Assistant - Leticia Rodriguez

Initial Year at Sahs:

2014

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AERO STAR Instructional Assistant - Mirna Martinez

Initial Year at Sahs:

2017

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AERO STAR Instructional Assistant - Maribel Pineda

Educational Background:

Graduated Richard Daley

Initial Year at Sahs:

2014

Additional Information:

I am a mother of three kids, two boys and one girl.

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Head Of Maintenance - Dawid Zurek

Initial Year at Sahs:

2007

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Maintenance Staff - Randy Kruzel

Initial Year at Sahs:

2005

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Maintenance Staff - Darius Kaminski

Initial Year at Sahs:

2010

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Maintenance Staff - Liliana Llamas

Initial Year at Sahs:

2017

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Maintenance Staff - Maribel Ruiz

Initial Year at Sahs:

2017

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Maintenance Staff - Elsa Montesdeoca

Initial Year at Sahs:

2020