Sara Skaggs - 3rd Grade Teacher - 2006 - Vernon Hills, Illinois -

Hawthorn Elementary School in Vernon Hills, Illinois
Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois
Purdue University, Bachelors
DePaul University, masters of education

Before Peterson, I taught at a few other Chicago Public Schools.

I love to spend time with family and friends.

"The diversity!", is my favorite thing about Peterson.

Rachel Mendes - 3rd Grade Teacher - 2017 - Chicago, IL -


Oriole Park Elementary School
William Howard Taft High School
Northern Illinois University
Northeastern IL University

Once I graduated college I decided I wanted to travel and teach in another country. I worked as a summer nanny in Italy and while there I applied to teach at an International School in Milan. Once I received the job I packed up my life and moved. I decided to move back to Chicago June of 2017. A week after I moved back I had an interview at Peterson. I really enjoyed the positive atmosphere I couldn't be happier to be here.

"Coming from an International school I really loved the sense of diversity! The staff is very friendly and always willing to help."

Outside of Peterson I like to try new restaurants with my family. I also love to read and travel to new places.

Maureen Lowrance - 3rd Grade Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2008 - Chicago, IL -

St. Cornelius Elementary School, Chicago, IL
Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette, IL
Western Illinois University- Bachelor's in Business/Marketing
Northeastern Illinois University - Master's in Teaching Diverse Learners
Concordia University- Master's in School Leadership

I have been teaching in CPS since 2002.

I love exploring the city and traveling with my husband and kids.

"I love the pride in the diversity at Peterson!"

Catherine Jarvis - 3rd Grade Teacher - 2016 - Chicago, IL -

St. John's Lutheran School
Northside College Preparatory High School
Northeastern Illinois University

I student taught at Sauganash School and then worked as a Temporarily Assigned Teacher covering a 5th Grade LA and Social Studies maternity leave.

"The real sense of community from everyone in the school."

Outside of Peterson, I love to read and practice martial arts.

Jenna Brandon - 3rd Grade Diverse Learner Specialist - 2016 - Arlington Heights, IL -


Forest View Elementary School
Holmes Junior High School, Rolling Meadows High School
Illinois State University
Roosevelt University

I wanted to be challenged and surrounded by people who care about students!

Outside of Peterson, I like to cook, read, and take dance classes.

"Everyone who works and goes to school at Peterson! The students are great and the staff is amazing."

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