2017-18 New Staff

District 28 Welcomes New Staff and New Positions for 2017-18

Assistant Superintendent - Dr. Kristin Raitzer
Dr. Raitzer was appointed Feb. 28 as Assistant Superintendent, effective July 1. Dr. Kristin Raitzer is replacing retiring Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathy Horvath. Dr. Raitzer comes to Northbrook with a broad background in education, holding leadership positions in Minneapolis, MN; Louisville, KY; Zion and St. Charles.

She is currently Area Assistant Superintendent for St. Charles District 303, supervising 12 elementary schools and an early childhood program. She was responsible for all aspects of curriculum, instruction and assessment while serving as assistant superintendent in Zion. As a principal Lowe Elementary School in Louisville, Dr. Raitzer’s school was awarded the Kentucky School of Excellence for achievement in the top 1% of schools in the state.  Read more.

Vicky Mazur - Data Specialist
Mrs. Mazur is the administrative assistant at Greenbriar School. She will move to the District Office to the Data Specialist position upon the retirement of Barb McMillan.


Appointed at the April 25 Board of Education meeting:

Beth Mand – Special Education, Northbrook Junior High

Mrs. Mand began her teaching career in District 28 as a sixth-grade special education teacher. She will return to that position nine years after she left it to move to Texas. She continued to serve as a special education teacher for eight years in Texas before returning to Illinois in 2016.  She returns to District 28 after teaching in District 63 since she returned to the area.

Cailin Melka – Social Emotional Learning Coach, Elementary Schools

Ms. Melka will be joining the District as the new Social Emotional Learning Coach and will support all three elementary buildings. She will be housed at Greenbriar School Ms. Melka has spent the past three years working as a school psychologist in Arlington Heights, crafting the Tier 2 behavior procedures and supporting student behavior needs. Ms. Melka earned a degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in school psychology from Valparaiso University.

Kelly Melzer – Speech Pathologist, Greenbriar

Ms. Melzer is currently employed with the Special Education District of Lake County where she works with students ages 3 through 12 with a variety of communication needs. Prior to her current role, Ms. Melzer worked as an intern at Lake Forest Hospital, Deerfield School District 109, and Meadowbrook Elementary School.

Megan Roberts Esterling – 2nd Grade, Greenbriar

Ms. Roberts Esterling will fill a one-year maternity leave as a second-grade teacher. Ms. Roberts Esterling has 10 years of teaching experience including first grade, fifth grade, and special education positions. She is dually certified in elementary education and special education with degrees from the University of Illinois-Chicago and Loyola University. She is currently employed at Chicago Public Schools.

Katherine Robison – 4th Grade, Meadowbrook

Ms. Robison attended Greenbriar and NBJH as a student and will return as a teacher in 2017. She is currently teaching fourth-grade in District 34. Ms. Robison served as a student teacher at Meadowbrook, and has special endorsements in math, reading and language arts.

Shamsha Rupshi – 2nd Grade, Meadowbrook

Ms. Rupshi has worked as an elementary teacher in District 54 since 2005. She earned both her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Master's degree in Bilingual Literacy from Northern Illinois University. She also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Roosevelt University.

Approved at the March 21 Board meeting

Kasey Ockerlund - Special Education, Greenbriar

Ms. Ockerlund will be joining the Greenbriar Student Services Team as a special education teacher starting in August. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University. Kasey is currently employed at Westmoor School as a long-term substitute for one of our special education teachers. Prior to this role, Kasey completed student teaching experiences in a variety of settings including resource support in an elementary school and therapeutic day support in a high school.