Washington Irving School People

Victor Aguirre

Teacher's Assistant

Siatta Allen

Permanent Substitute

Veronica Allen

Teacher's Assistant

Tom Ames

Teacher Assistant

Desiree Bailey

Teacher's Assistant

Seth Baker

5th Grade Teacher

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Buddhini Bandara

Teacher's Assistant

Angela Banks

Teacher's Assistant

Tyler Banks

5th Grade Teacher

Adam Bautista

2nd Grade Teacher

This is Mr. Bautista's 13th year teaching grades ranging from second to fifth,...

Ryan Bigeck

Band Teacher

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Sabrina Blackney

1st Grade Long Term Substitute Teacher

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Joel Blecha

Kindergarten Teacher

Hi! My name is Joel Blecha (pronounced /BLECK-uh/) and I am a kindergarten teacher at I...

Karen Bopp

Title 1 Tutor

Shehara Brinson

3rd Grade Teacher

Kristina Brown

Teacher's Assistant

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Jennifer Browning

5th Grade Teacher

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Barbara Burger

Teacher Assistant

Edita Cafi

Substitute Teacher

James Callan

FLES Teacher

Consuelo Chaidez

Lunchroom Server

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Amy Chinn

Kindergarten Teacher

Degrees: M.A. Reading, Northeastern Illinois University; B.S. Elementary Education, Ind...

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Lucas Craig

Teacher Assistant

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Michael Cruz

P.E. Teacher

PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS   The school year is in full swing. We are in the mi...

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Matthew Daniel

4th Grade Teacher

Patrick Deaton

Music Teacher

Frank Dipaolo


Emilie Dolan

MTSS Interventionist

Jade Fields

Teacher's Assistant

Krystal Fowlkes

Social Worker

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Judy Friesen

Music Teacher

Professional Interests: Greater Chicago American Orff-Schulwerk Association (GCAOSA), A...

Jeanette Friley

Teacher's Assistant

Shantorria Gibson

1st Grade Teacher

Degrees Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education- UIC *Middle School Language Art...

Tremell Goins Jr.


Julia Gray

1st Grade Teacher

Robert Gray

Teacher's Assistant

Rachel Griffith

Title 1 Tutor

Jorie Grogan

Kindergarten Teacher

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Joshua Hancock

P.E. Teacher

Gina Harris

Climate and Culture Coach

Gina Harris is the Culture and Climate Coach for Julian feeder schools: Beye, Irving, L...

Savannah Heidloff

4th Grade Teacher

4th Grade teacher and team leader at Washington Irving School. The more you know, the m...

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Heidi Jirka

Special Education Teacher

Etta Johnson

Administrative Assistant

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Lauren Kaunelis

3rd Grade Teacher

This is my 15th year teaching at Irving Elementary School.  For seven years I was ...

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Mary Kelly

4th Grade Teacher

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Elena Kontos

1st Grade Teacher

Degrees: M.A. Reading, Olivet Nazarene University 2012;B.A. in Elementary Education wit...

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Tamara Koransky

3rd Grade Teacher

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Daniel Larocca


Emilio Lemus

Teacher's Assistant

Chante Liddell


Janice Loud

Media Assistant

Karol Marcinowski

Technology Specialist

Jennifer McDermott

Lunchroom Manager

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Timothy McDonald

Adapted P.E. Teacher

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Sarah Mellman

Speech-Language Pathologist

Gabriela Miranda

Permanent Substitute

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Marta Mohammad

Special Education Teacher

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Mary Kate Montroy

4th Grade Teacher

Hi, my name is Mary Kate Montroy and I teach fourth grade here at Irving! This will be ...

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Kiera Moody

Kindergarten Teacher

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Cathy Morgan

Physical Therapist

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Susan Mura


Awards: Licensed Clinical Social Worker Degrees: M.A.-General Administration, Con...

Jincy Ninan

Special Education Teacher

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Katie Noonan

Teacher Librarian

Katie Noonan: Teacher Librarian Hi!  My name is Katie Noonan and I am the teach...

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Mercy Nwoko

Teacher's Assistant

Ramona Orr

Teacher Assistant

Deanna Otten

Multilingual Teacher

Awards: National Board Certificate in English as a New Language;Art Endorsement;Languag...

Paul Packer

Enrichment Specialist

Gina Paolinelli

Administrative Assistant

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Betsy Parkinson

Instructional Coach

I was a classroom teacher for 23 years, the last 12 in D97. Throughout my career I have...

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Lori Pelling

2nd Grade Teacher


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Martha Perez


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Jamie Peterson

Nurse - Irving

Awards: CPR Certified, Certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health for Vision...

Anne Planek

1st Grade Teacher

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Jemise Posey

Teacher's Assistant

Shanta Powell

Teacher Assistant

Jason Raad

P.E. Teacher

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Laura Reeves

Special Education Coordinator - Beye, Irving, Longfellow, Mann

Luchina Rice

Teacher's Assistant

Jennifer Richards

Language Arts Specialist

Natalia Rodriguez-Bazzi

Foreign Language Elementary Teacher

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Molly Sakamoto

1st Grade Teacher

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Kara Sakellaris

4th Grade Teacher

I have been teaching since 2005. I have taught in Wisconsin and now Oak Park. I move...

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Nick Sakellaris

3rd Grade Teacher

My name is Nick Sakellaris. I am a third grade teacher at Irving Elementary School...

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Lauren Saliny

Special Education Teacher

Francesca Sbarboro

2nd Grade Teacher

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Allison Schrag

Social Worker

Background This is my first year with District 97, and my fifth year as a school soc...

Veronica Schubow

Art Teacher

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Juanita Scott

Teacher's Assistant

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Ericka Shannon

Orchestra (Hatch, Irving, Lincoln, Mann)

Kendra Simmons

Assistant Principal

Julia Stenger

3rd Grade Teacher

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Emily Tague

Art Teacher

I started teaching at Irving during the 2008-2009 school year and love it! I graduated ...

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Meghan Taino

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hata Trbonja

Long-Term Substitute Teacher

Susan Tresselt

3rd Grade Teacher

Elementary School: Beye School Junior High: Emerson High School: Oak Park and River F...

Diane VanDerhei

Teacher's Assistant

Megan Vella

Primary Multi-Needs Teacher

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Jacquie Wallner

Teacher's Assistant

Raven Wilkerson

Teacher Assistant

Emile Williams

2nd Grade Teacher

Mohogany Williams

Kindergarten Teacher

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Mary Yocius

Special Education Teacher

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Silvia Zaragoza

Elementary World Language Spanish (FLES) Teacher

Year Started2007

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