Get to know the individuals that make Peterson Elementary great!
Diana Platt - 1st Grade Teacher - 2010 - Highwood, IL - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Haley Hatton - 1st Grade Teacher (Maternity Leave for Ms. Rivas) - 2018 - Avondale, Chicago, IL - email@example.com
Prairieview Elementary (IL)
Vestavia Hills East Elementary (AL)
Wayne Elementary (IL)
Kenyon Wood Middle School (IL)
South Elgin High School (IL)
Cypress Bay High School (FL)
Illinois State University
University of Leicester (England!)
I was actually working for the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline this summer and entering graduate information into a database. I noticed that one graduate had experience as a school called Peterson. I looked up the school and knew immediately that this was a school/community that I wanted to be a member of. I applied for an open 3rd grade position online, but it had already been filled. That's when DeAndrea Bell reached out to me about maternity leave! I came in for an interview and Ms. Nieves called me later that day to offer me the job. Peterson is a place I wanted to be and a place I wanted to start my career, so I accepted it right then!
“Where do I even start? Currently it's the support amongst staff. This is my first year teaching and it seems as though every time I start to get overwhelmed, there is a friendly face ready to help! I have had hugs, pep-talks, and flowers given to me. I am so proud to be a part of this family.”
Mariacarmen Mazin - 1st Grade Teacher - 2005 - Guanajuato, Mexico - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wendy Chung - 1st Grade Teacher - email@example.com
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."
Zorohn Reed - 1st Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 2017 - Chicago, IL - firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Benedict Elementary
Lane Tech High School
Working for a Non-Profit Urban Initiatives coaching for their recess program. After my first year school year working at Piccolo Elementary I was placed here at Peterson.
"The sense of family in the community. Everyone is so welcoming no matter what the situation is. My first day at Peterson I got to see first hand how open the community is to everyone."
I like to coach and play soccer when I’m at Peterson or outside of Peterson.