Garrett McLinn - Physical Education Teacher - 2017 - Hoffman Estates, IL -


Armstrong Elementary
Eisenhower Junior High
Hoffman Estates High School
Western Illinois University

Outside of Peterson, I enjoy cycling, running, rock climbing snowboarding yoga.

I love Peterson's, "community."

Kathleen Hurley - STEM Teacher - 2014 - Thornville, Ohio -

University of Cincinnati - Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutrition
Dominican University - Master of Arts in Teaching

I came to Peterson straight from being an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati.

"The diversity of our students and staff; the willingness from teachers, families, community member, and students to pitch in to do whatever is needed!"

I love to explore Chicago, cook, and read!

Katreena Dyrek - Art Teacher - 2014 - Fox River Grove, IL -

Algonquin Road Elementary School
Fox River Grove Middle School
Cary Grove High School
Northeastern Illinois University - Bachelor of Arts in Art Education

I came to Peterson Elementary after completing my student teaching at Albany Park Multicultural Academy in 2014.

"I love the community of hard working staff, parents, and students here.  It inspires and motivates me everyday!"

When I'm not at Peterson I love to explore through books, draw, paint and run outside :)

Nick Spychalski - Physical Education Teacher - 2010 - Norridge, IL -

University of Illinois at Urbana - Bachelor of Arts in English
National Louis University - Masters in Teaching
Illinois Army National Guard Veteran (1996-2004)

Before Peterson, I was a Financial Planner and in Technology Sales.

"The diverse community," is my favorite thing about Peterson

When I'm not at Peterson I love to travel!

Bjorn Villesvik - Music Teacher and Band Director - 2016 - Roseville, Minnesota -

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Valentine Hills Elementary School
Highview Middle School
Mounds View High School
Augsburg College

I worked at Peterson as a substitute teacher in the music department prior to working here full time.

"The collaboration and teamwork amongst teachers and staff."

I play the bass in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. I also enjoy reading and exercising.

Gina LeTempt - Physical Education Dance Teacher - 2016 - Wheaton, Illinois -

Madison Elementary School
Edison Middle School
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
City Colleges of Chicago
Northeastern Illinois University

I truly believe that nothing is impossible and that everything happens for a reason. No matter where I was in life I always made sure to stay close to what I felt was important-school and involvement. After graduating high school In 2003 I attended community college, coached various sports, and cheered competitively. I have 10 years of experience coaching summer camps, JV and Varsity High School, and club. Through commitment, sacrifice, hard-work, and perseverance it is my educational journey and coaching experiences that have led me to finding myself a proud teacher at Peterson. Go Panthers!

"My favorite things about Peterson are the diversity and sense of home it carries with it. I am truly honored and feel blessed to be part of the Peterson community and its rich culture. From the parents and students to those at work there is a constant support from everyone that in turn maintains the Peterson community."

My favorite things to do outside of Peterson is spending time with my large family, baking, cleaning, and helping others in need.

Sarah Altshuler - Music & Choir Teacher - 2016 - Barrington, Illinois -

North Barrington Elementary School
Prairie Middle School
Barrington High School
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelor in Music Education

Before coming to Peterson, I student taught in the Chicago suburbs. I have family and friends in the Peterson community who made me excited to move to the city and teach at this wonderful school.

"I love the wonderful community of diverse learners, families, and teachers at Peterson! I love that this community is so supportive of the arts!"

I just moved to Chicago, and I am enjoying exploring the city. I love going on adventures with my family and friends, playing the clarinet, and reading!

Ghada Shehata - Arabic Teacher - 2017 - Egypt -


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