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.

Kiran Ionita - 3rd Grade Teacher - 2018 - Pakistan -

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University of Illinois at Chicago - Master of Education in ELMSA
Benedictine University - Master of Education in Reading and Literacy
Loyola University - Bachelor of Science in Education with Endorsement in Social Science

Growing up as a first generation immigrant from Pakistan in and around the Chicagoland area gave me a unique perspective on multiculturalism. My passion for teaching arose from my own struggles of being a child who was a non-native English speaker and the difference teachers made in my life. My hope is to use my skills and abilities to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the students and families at Peterson.

"The diversity among the student body combined with the passion and dedication brought by the staff make Peterson a truly special place."

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, watching Bollywood musicals, working out, cooking, and taking walking tours in foreign countries which in my experience is the best way to learn about new cities.

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.

Shirley Warren-McClain - 3rd 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.

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."

Jeff LeTempt - 3rd Grade Diverse Learner Assistant - 2017 - Chicago, IL


Kinninnick Elementary School (Rockton Illinois)
Hononegah High School (Roscoe Illinois)
Bachelors Degree (Social Science) from National Louis University
Persuing - Master degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University

Worked in banking for 15 years prior to pursuing my teaching career.

"The best part of Peterson is the family atmosphere."

Outside of Peterson I love to golf and spend time with my family and friends.

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