Diana Platt - 1st Grade Teacher - 2010 - Highwood, IL - dmcampagni@cps.edu

DePaul University - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Concordia University - Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
American College of Education - ESL endorsement

I have been a CPS teacher for 11 years. I love teaching and learning!

"...the collaborative staff, supportive parents, and amazing students."

I love being with my family and traveling.

Kelly Ortigara - 1st Grade Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2014 - Chicago Ridge, IL - kmortigara@cps.edu

Ridge Central Elementary School, Chicago Ridge, IL
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago, IL
DePaul University, B.A. (Art and Anthropology)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Historic Preservation and Conservation)
Northeastern Illinois University (Special Education)

Before coming to Peterson, I studied archaeology and historic preservation. Later, I obtained my Masters in Special Education and student taught in Chicago Public Schools. I joined the Peterson community shortly after graduating.

Favorite part of Peterson is, "My students!"

I love to travel, read, cook, paint, and spend time with my family and friends.

Jamie Rivas - 1st Grade Teacher - 2006 - Anchorage, AK / Swanzey, NH - jlpage@cps.edu

Monadnock Regional Jr./Sr. High School
Keene State College - Undergraduate
American College of Education - Masters Degree

I taught 2nd in Kissimmee, FL before moving to Chicago. I attended a job fair with the hopes of finding Peterson in attendance. I was first hired at Peterson to fill a maternity leave and then took my first classroom in 2007.

"My favorite thing about Peterson is the dedicated and supportive families we have here!"

I love to bake with my 3 year old sous chef, Addison!

Mariacarmen Mazin - 1st Grade Teacher - 2005 -  Guanajuato, Mexico - mmazin@cps.edu

Northeastern Illinois University - Bachelors Degree in Science
Columbia College - Masters Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Bilingual and ESL Education

Prior to Peterson, I had been teaching Bilingual Spanish and Monolingual students for many years in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

"I love working at Peterson Elementary School. I enjoy working with students of diverse cultural backgrounds and I am committed to ensure that all my English Language Learners and Monolingual students have a positive academic experience where they will gain the necessary tools and be prepared to excel academically. "

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our four children.

Elizabeth Cloghessy - 2nd Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 2018 - Western Springs, IL - evcloghessy@cps.edu


Laidlaw Elementary
Lyons Township High School
William & Mary

I worked with City Year AmeriCorps, and I wanted to continue making a difference in the lives of Chicago’s students.

The garden. I love to see all the work and creativity our students put into it!

I like to run, read books, and get creative in the kitchen.

Wendy Chung - 1st Grade Teacher - wschung@cps.edu

National-Louis University - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
National-Louis University - Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in ESL

"My favorite thing about being a teacher is witnessing the growth within each child during school year."


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