Rizo Metovic - 8th Grade Math Teacher - 2015 - Evanston, IL - rmetovic@cps.edu

"I absolutely love the diversity of the school and being able to learn so much about so many different cultures. The friendly staff is also a pleasure to work with."

Decatur Classical School
Nichols Middle School
Evanston Township High School
Loyola University Chicago
Northwestern University

Taught Algebra 1 and Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry at Lane Tech.  Student taught at Whitney Young where I also completed a maternity leave assignment teaching Geometry, Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry and Precalculus.  Worked in Financial Services for 4.5 years before deciding to make a career change and getting my master's degree from Northwestern in Secondary Education.

I enjoy spending time with my family.  I have a daughter and have another one on the way.  I also enjoy watching and playing soccer and basketball.  I am a supporter of FC Barcelona!

Tom Butterfield - 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher - 1995 - Chicago, IL - tjbutterfield@cps.edu

DePaul University

After student teaching at Notre Dame High School, Peterson was my first job.

"The best part of Peterson are the parents and the community support. Students that become great leaders."

Play with my two little boys at home. Head to the north woods of Wisconsin.

James Morrissey - 8th Grade Diverse Learner Specialist - 2017 - Chicago, IL - jmorrissey2@cps.edu


St. Juliana Elementary
Notre Dame College Prep
St. Norbert College
National Louis University

Before coming to Peterson, I had a thirteen year career in law enforcement. I also had spent many years coaching high school football. Working with students has always been a passion of mine, and I decided to pursue a career that would allow me to mentor and impact the lives of students on a daily basis.

Outside of Peterson, I love to spend time with my two children, my wife, and our dog, Maeve.

"Peterson is a welcoming community that has a built a strong school culture based on acceptance, diversity, and strong leadership. I value how staff and students are consistently challenged to discover their strengths."

Zulema Sanchez - 6th & 8th Grade Science Teacher - 2016 - Chicago, IL - zsanchez5@cps.edu

Audubon Elementary
Lane Tech High School
Indiana Institute of Technology
Northeastern Illinois University

I started teaching as soon as I graduated and I was at the right place and right time and was able to interview at Peterson. It's all history from there!

"I love that Peterson has a good representation of the diversity in Chicago. Both staff and students are highly diverse."

I love spending time with my family and trying new cuisine throughout the wonderful city of Chicago.

Marshanté Beverly - 8th Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 2016 - mdmitchell11@cps.edu


St. Angela Catholic Elementary School
Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy
Monmouth College -
Bachelor of Arts in English
Currently attending The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

I was looking online for a job as a TA, and a position at Peterson came up. I immediately applied, and, after an interview and a recent opening, I got the job!

"I absolutely love the diversity of Peterson! It's a breath of fresh air for me."

Outside of Peterson, I enjoy reading Toni Morrison novels.

Eric Staswick - 8th Grade Diverse Learner Classroom Assistant - 2019 - estaswick@cps.edu

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