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.

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.

Megan Wales - 2nd Grade Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2019 - Libertyville, IL -

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Oak Grove Elementary School
Carmel Catholic High School
Trinity International University
-Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with LBS1 Endorsement

Way back in 4-year-old preschool, I told my class that I was going to be a teacher when I grew up. Sure enough, that came true! I've always loved working with kids, whether that be in academic settings like the classroom or non-academic settings like summer camps and dance lessons. Previously I taught 5th grade in the north suburbs and this year I'm very excited to co-teach 2nd grade here in the city. I am both humbled and honored to be part of the Peterson family!

“From the moment I entered the doors at Peterson, it felt like home. I appreciate how the entire community is deeply committed to student learning and student success, therefore empowering every child to reach his/her full potential!”

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, taking dance classes, doing crossword puzzles, and going for bike rides along the lakefront.

Shirley Warren-McClain - 2nd Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 1999 - Rolling Fork, MS -


"My favorite thing about Peterson is the diverse community. Here at Peterson we are a family. We come together, loving and caring for each other, and the safety and education of our children."

Henry Weathers Elementary School
Rolling Fork High School

After experiencing subbing at several schools, I subbed here for about three months. I liked Peterson a lot.  I found out a person wasn't coming back, I spoke with the principal at the time about filling the position,  Ms. McManamon said "Yes, we would love to have you."  We went through all of the protocol and I have been here ever since. I am grateful and love this school!

My favorite thing to do, is to have gathering at my home with my family and friends.  I also enjoy spendinga lot of time at my church every week.

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.  

Kulsoom Chaudhry - 2nd Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 2019 - Pakistan -

Emirates English School, Secondary High School, Sharjah. Masters in English Literature, Pakistan.

I subbed at different CPS schools for about 4 years, but Peterson Elementary was my favorite School to Sub at. When I heard there was a SECA opening at Peterson I grabbed the opportunity and am growing and learning each day.

I really appreciate and admire the school support system at Peterson Elementary. I also like how diversity is not only accepted and respected at Peterson but also celebrated.

I love to read, travel and cook at home. I also like to spend time with my family and meditate.


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