Stephanie Thill - 2nd Grade Teacher - 2014 - Chicago, IL -

Lake Villa District 41 Middle School
Grayslake Community High School
Western Illinois University - Bachelor or Arts
National-Louis University - Master of Arts in Teaching

Originally I wanted to be an event planner, but after a year of working in an office I decided to go back to school to become a teacher.  This was the best decision ever!  I have taught Kindergarten, Fifth Grade, Second Grade and Third Grade on the west and south sides of Chicago.  I am currently teaching Second Grade here at Peterson.

"My favorite thing about Peterson is all of the support we offer to students, parents, and teachers.  You never have worry because there is always someone there to help you!"

My favorite thing to do outside of Peterson is to spend time with my two nieces and try out different restaurants throughout the city of Chicago with my friends.

Jennifer Barnes - 2nd Grade Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2005 - Michigan -

"The diversity and that it's a very welcoming place."

Pinecrest Elementary School
Hannah Middle School
East Lansing High School
Northern Michigan University
DePaul University

I was a network administrator for a non-profit organization.  After work, I would volunteer as a tutor.  After tutoring for a couple years I decided to attend grad school to become a special education teacher.

I enjoy reading, beading, traveling, spending time with my family and playing tennis.

Carrie Martens - 2nd Grade Teacher - 1990 - Chicago, IL -

St. Angela and Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School
Madonna High School
Northeastern Illinois University - Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts
National Board Certified

Before Peterson, I taught 2nd grade at a private school.

"I love the dedication of the staff and the families at Peterson. I love the cultural diversity of our Peterson families, and I love how we all work together and learn from each other!"

I love spending time with my family. I am a lifelong Cub fan, and so I enjoy being at Wrigley Field. I also love reading, walking and cooking, especially when I am experimenting with new recipes.

Sarah Van Wolvelear - 2nd Grade Teacher - 2017 - Palatine, IL -

Jane Addams Elementary School Winston Campus Jr High School Palatine High School Loyola University Chicago- Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

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Before coming to Peterson I spent a year teaching 5th grade in Northern Montana through the program Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. After a year of new experiences I knew I wanted to come back and teach in the city I call home.

"I love how supportive all the staff and students are to each other. There's a great sense of community within the school!"

Outside of school I like watching documentaries, eating ice cream, and exploring the city.

Christina Godon - 2nd Grade Teacher - 2015 - Ukiah, CA -

Calpella Elementary School
Ukiah High School
University of California Santa Cruz - Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Language Studies
DePaul University - Master of Education & Master of Bilingual Education

While studying education at DePaul, I began working with Chicago Public Schools as a Teacher's Assistant.  I was an assistant in a bilingual kindergarten and 1st grade classroom helping to build primary literacy skills.  Upon graduating, I worked as an ESL Teacher with students in 3rd-8th grade.  I'm passionate about improving academic achievement for our many students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

"My favorite thing about Peterson is the diversity of our student and staff.  The community at Peterson represents families from all over the world.  It's fun and interesting to learn about the many traditions, languages, and experiences of my students.  I also love how supportive our community is.  Even though we are very diverse, everyone works together to ensure our students are successful."

I love to eat!  I am a foodie and enjoy trying new and delicious foods.  Fortunately, Chicago has a ton of amazing restaurants to choose from.  I will try anything once.  Some of my favorite foods are: tacos, gnocchi, spinach salads, any type of seafood (especially scallops and octopus), bacon, and chocolate.  


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