Get to know the individuals that make Peterson Elementary great!

Rob Reynolds - 6th and 7th Grade Math Teacher - 2002 - Hoffman Estates, IL - rlreynolds@cps.edu

"Diversity of people, variety of activities, wide range of opportunities."

Lakeview Elementary School
Helen Keller Junior High School
James B. Conant High School
Drake University - Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Minor in Mathematics
DePaul University - Masters of Curriculum and Instruction

Previously I taught middle school science at Nobel and middle school math at Drummond.  Peterson had posted an opening, I had heard great things from friends & neighbors so I applied.

We enjoy visiting & experiencing places near & far as a family.


Wendy MacWilliams - 7th Grade Science Teacher - 2003 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - wpmacwilliams@cps.edu

Attended elementary school and high school in Edmonton
Toronto Dance Theatre in Toronto, Canada - Associate Degree in Modern Dance

Loyola University, Chicago - Undergraduate Degree in Education
Northeastern Illinois University - Learning Specialist Endorsement
North Park University - Masters in Education
University of Chicago - SESAME Program, Science Endorsement

I found Peterson through a friend and fellow teacher who served as Assistant Principal at Peterson, Debbie Reese.

"My favorite part of being at Peterson is being a member of such a diverse community! Everybody at Peterson is "somebody" from somewhere, with their own story unique and interesting to tell."

I love to spend time with family, make buildings out of legos, watch documentaries, collect things and travel when I can.


Lindsey Siemens - 7th Grade Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2016 - Missouri - lsiemens@cps.edu

International Community School- Abidjan, Ivory Coast (West Africa)
American Community School- London, England
Bartlesville High School- Bartlesville, OK
Truman State University- Kirksville, Mo - Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
University of Illinois Chicago - Masters in Social Work
National Louis University - Degree in Special Education, LBS1

I was a Clinical Social Worker for 7 years before becoming a teacher. I then worked for 6 years as a 4th grade teacher and Diverse Learner teacher in 2 CPS schools. Before coming to Peterson I was a Special Education Instructional Coach.

"My favorite thing about Peterson are the people! The students, teachers, staff, and families are wonderful! It feels like a truly diverse community that support each other!!"

I love to spend time with family and friends, walk my dog, take long bike rides, and work with community organizations.


Thomas Ruby - 7th Grade English Language Teacher - Chicago, IL - 1995 - teruby@cps.edu

Daniel Boone Elementary School
Mather High School
North Park University – Bachelor of Arts with Double Major of History and Elementary Education
Northeastern Illinois University – Masters in Special Education (EBD)
Concordia University – Masters in Educational Leadership

Prior to obtaining my teaching credentials, I worked for a number of years as the Director of Operations for a small distribution company in the northwest suburbs.  After obtaining my Master’s degree I was lucky enough to secure a teaching position at Peterson.  I’ve had the opportunity to serve in a variety of Middle School teaching capacities – Learning Specialist, 6th Grade Homeroom, Social Studies and Language Arts.

I’m completing my 20th year at Peterson, and while much has changed, students still reflect an incredible variety of experiences, and there are a lot of chances to be reminded that,  “It’s the dog that trots about that finds a bone.”

I love spending time in my neighborhood, and especially hope to someday catch a glimpse of Ms. Siemens walking her dog.

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