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

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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.

Hiba Barhoumeh - 4th Grade Math Teacher - 2015 - Jordan -


High School - Jordan
Oakton Community College - Associates
Northeastern Illinois University - Bachelors of Arts with a Minor in Middle School Math and Science

"How all teachers are always willing to help each other to ensure the success of each and every student."

I enjoy playing soccer the most!

Abby Mneimne-Zodo - 4th Grade Writing Teacher - 2014 - Montreal, Canada -


Elementary school in UAE
High school in Montreal
Undergrad Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design in VA
Master's of Education in Chicago

I did my student teaching at Peterson and fell in love with the community and students.

"The diversity in the community and students. The passion that every staff member has enriching the lives of all students. Academically, emotionally, an all around."

Outside of Peterson, I attend festivals, spend time with family and friends, and travel.

Erin Hagan - 4th Grade Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2018 - St. Louis, MO -


Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary
St. Tim's Elementary
Notre Dame High School
Webster University - BA in Public Relations
Pace University - Masters in Teaching

I was looking for a new teaching position on the North side of Chicago and I wasn't having any luck. I went on the Chicago Teachers Facebook page and posted about a position. Jamie Rivas got me in contact with De"Andrea Bell and the rest is history!

“How welcoming everyone is. I felt at home right away.”

I love to play guitar and go shopping for records.

Jasmine Young - 4th Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 2017 - Philippines -


Haugen Elementary
Lane Tech High School
Hawaii Pacific University
Northeastern Illinois University
Kendall College

I wanted to spend more time with my kids (who are currently students at Peterson). I loved the school for them, so it was an easy choice to want to work here too!

"I love the welcoming nature and the support that comes from all teachers and staff. I don't feel intimidated asking questions or for help, because I know there will be someone who can help me!"

I love reading books, spending time with my family and friends, teaching cooking classes to kids, and snowboarding!

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



Midwestern Christian Academy
Lincoln Park High School
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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