Get to know the individuals that make Peterson Elementary great!

Michael Coleman - School Counselor - 2011 - Dublin, Ohio - - Ext. 18434


Deer Run Elementary
Grizzell Middle School
Coffman High School
Miami University
Ball State University

Prior to coming to Peterson, I worked as a school counselor at two different schools. I had rewarding experiences at both schools but I always felt like something was missing. Thankfully, I found my way to Peterson and have been thrilled to work with such wonderful students, staff, and families!

The amazing diversity! It certainly feels like Peterson is where the world comes to learn!

Svetlana Vasilev - School Counselor - 2019 - Chicago, IL - - Ext. 18422

Budlong Elementary
Amundsen High School
The University of Illinois at Chicago
- Bachelor of Arts-Applied Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Master of Arts-Counseling Psychology & Child and Adolescent Treatment
Northeastern Illinois University - Master's Program-School Counseling Certification

While at NEIU, it was a requirement to do a year long internship and I always preferred CPS schools around this area as I am a product of a neighborhood CPS school. I've known about Peterson for a very long time as we played against team in many sports years ago. Peterson was one of my top choices to apply to and have always heard good things about the school. I reached out to Michael Coleman about an interview, we set up a date and I was ecstatic. A few days later he emailed me offering the intern position and of course I accepted!

“My favorite thing about Peterson is everyone treats each other like family. I also love the diversity of the staff and students within the school.”

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love traveling and continue to add new places on my list. I also enjoy shopping, music, reading books, watching movies, and going to concerts.

Casey Fennell - Social Worker - 2019 - Allentown, PA -

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Parkway Manor Elementary School
Springhouse Middle School
Parkland High School
University of Pittsburgh
- BA in Urban Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago - Masters of Social Work

I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Chicago after graduating from college. After working in local youth development nonprofits, I realized that I wanted to be a part of the positive change that happens in schools. I then went to UIC to obtain my Masters of Social Work and began working for Chicago Public Schools.

“The welcoming staff, motivated students, and kind families. Peterson is an amazing place!”

I love reading, running, yoga, and spending time with my husband & dog.


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