Sandra Devarenne - 4th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher - 2007 - Chicago, IL -

Sandra DeVarenne - 4th Grade Science and Social Studies Teacher - 2007 - Chicago, IL -

Mary Gage Peterson Elementary
Von Steuben
Calvin College
North Park University
Chicago State

During college I worked as a waitress at Al Johnson's in Door County WI. After graduating college, and before I went back to complete my teaching degree, I worked at Winter Park Ski Resort and the National Forest Service in Colorado for a year. My first year of teaching was at Our Lady of Mercy. The following year I was hired to work at Gray Elementary School, located near Six Corners. I met my husband there and worked there until my two girls were born. I was fortunate to be able to stay at home with my daughters, and work part time, for the first six years of their lives. I went back to work for CPS in 2006 at Mark Sheridan Elementary school. In 2007 I was hired at my alma mater, Peterson School.

"The students, my colleagues, and the families of the Peterson students."

Hang out with family and friends.

Jessica Klenck - 4th Grade Reading Teacher - 2015 - Chicago, IL -

Grover Cleveland Elementary
Lane Tech High School
Western Illinois University

Studied Elementary Education at WIU, followed by student teaching at Peterson.

"I love the sense of community."

Spending time with family and friends.

       Jamie Mistry - 4th Grade Math Teacher - 2012 - Chicago, IL -

Senn High School
National Louis University

I always wanted to be a teacher.

"All the different places my students come from."

I love to try different food around the city with family and friends.

Casey Jedrzejczak - 4th Grade Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2016 - Munster, IN -

"I love feeling the positive energy here from staff to students!"

St. Thomas More Elementary School
Munster High School
Illinois Wesleyan University

I previously taught 3rd and 4th grade resource for several years before finding Peterson.

I play the piano, read, garden and play with my two dogs!

Krystal Anaguano - 4th Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 2012 - Chicago, IL -

Elementary-Midwestern Christian Academy High School
Lincoln Park College
Northeastern Illinois University

One of my favorite things to do outside of Peterson is spend my evenings cherishing every moment with my kids. I have four boys ages 11,6, and two year old twins. Watching them sprout up is one of my favorite things to do outside of Peterson.

I believe that each child is a unique person who needs a secure, caring, and motivating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential. I feel all kids can learn – maybe not at the same rate or level, but they can definitely make progress. At Peterson, I strongly feel this goal can be accomplished.

"At Peterson, there is a very diverse, unique atmosphere present. The diversity is one of my favorite things about Peterson. Students from all different parts of the world come together to learn and grow. It is such an incredible feeling to be a part of something so impactful."

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