Get to know the individuals that make Peterson Elementary great!

Brian Bochenek - 5th-8th Diverse Learner Reading Teacher -

Northeastern Illinois University - Bachelor of Arts in Education - Summa Cum Laude

I grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, where I played in garage bands, read comic books, and "learned to love" the outdoors.  Prior to my career as a teacher at Peterson Elementary, I worked as a graphic designer for a short time and as a paralegal.  However, none of my "prior-lives" come close to the enjoyment I get from being a part of the Peterson community.

"The greatest privilege to working at Peterson is getting to know families and individuals from a multitude of cultures. As an avid traveler, removing myself from my comfort zone and celebrating the uniqueness of others is something I now get to enjoy on a daily basis. I consider myself fortunate to have had incredible some experiences and to have met some amazing people in my time her sat Peterson and look forward to many more years of being a part of this diverse learning community."

Outside of Peterson, I enjoy running with my wife, playing guitar and singing in several bands, reading comic books, playing video games, and traveling to different countries throughout the world.   

Hiba Ahmed -5th-8th Diverse Learner Reading Teacher -2016 - Skokie, IL -

Old Orchard Jr. High
Niles North High School
Illinois State University

After teaching in India, I knew I wanted to teach in the city and neighborhood in which I was born and brought up. Although I did not go to school at Peterson, I am reminded of the schools I attended growing up because the students are so diverse.

"My favorite thing about Peterson is the relationships that teachers and students build with each other to create a positive and safe learning environment. I am constantly inspired and motivated by fellow teachers and students!"

Some of my favorite things to do include: traveling to different cities and countries, hanging out with my family and friends, visiting museums, and reading!

Peggy Chang - 5th-8th Diverse Learner Specialist Teacher - 2018 -

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Naperville North

The reputation of the school and neighborhood. The diversity of the community. The staff.

“All of the different languages spoken here. The positive vibe of the staff and students.”

Being with my animals and gardening.

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