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

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Seth Baker

5th Grade Teacher

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Buddhini Bandara

Teacher's Assistant

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Angela Banks

Teacher's Assistant

Tyler Banks

5th Grade Teacher

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Adam Bautista

2nd Grade Teacher

This is Mr. Bautista's 14th year teaching grades ranging from second to fifth,...

Ryan Bigeck

Band Teacher

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Sabrina Blackney

Permanent 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...

Shehara Brinson

3rd Grade Teacher

Jennifer Browning

5th Grade Teacher

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Edita Cafi

Substitute Teacher

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Amy Chinn

Kindergarten Teacher

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

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Jordan Cole

Special Education Teacher

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...

Asta Cuplinskas

Long-Term Substitute

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Matthew Daniel

4th Grade Teacher

Patrick Deaton

Music Teacher

Javiar Dimas

Teacher Assistant

Frank Dipaolo


Emilie Dolan

Universal Design for Learning Coordinator - Irving and Mann

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Sara Falkin

1st Grade Teacher

Jade Fields

Teacher's Assistant

Jeanette Friley

Teacher's Assistant

Juan Funes


Shantorria Gibson

1st Grade Teacher

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

Julia Gray

3rd 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

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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Grace Hoak

Occupational Therapist

This is my first year at Irving and I'm so excited to be here! I graduated fro...

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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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Colleen Kearns

Social Worker

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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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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

Venus Miller

Teacher Assistant

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Marta Mohammad

Special Education Teacher

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Mary Kate Montroy

5th 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

MTSS Interventionist

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Cathy Morgan

Physical Therapist

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Susan Mura


Degrees: M.A.-General Administration, Concordia University M.A.-Social Work, Univ...

Biename Noble

Teacher Assistant

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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

I've been a teacher for over 20 years in Oak Park!  I started my car...

Rebecca Pepp

Social Worker

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

Luchina Rice

Teacher's Assistant

Jennifer Richards

Language Arts Specialist

Megan Rische

Teacher Assistant

Natalia Rodriguez-Bazzi

Foreign Language Elementary Teacher

Kara Sakellaris

4th Grade Teacher

I have been teaching since 2005. I taught 5th grade in Wisconsin and now Oak Park,...

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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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Juanita Scott

Teacher's Assistant

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Ericka Shannon

Orchestra Teacher

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

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Sarah Termini

Special Education Resource 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

Alexandria Whitty

Teacher 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

World Language Elementary Spanish (WLES) Teacher

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! Welcome to Maestra Zaragoza&#3...

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