New Staff for 2020-21

June 23, 2020

The following staff members were approved at the June 23, 2020 Board of Education meeting for the 2020-21 school year.

Lauren Johnson – NBJH Science

Lauren Johnson, who taught for two years at Glenbrook South, will join the Northbrook Junior High Science team. Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois Champaign and is endorsed in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. At GBS, she worked with students to develop their love of science while also providing math support. She will work on the 7th-grade team as a science teacher, Independent Science Research facilitator and collaborating with colleagues to support their implementation of technology teaching resources in the classroom.

Kristin Samuels – NBJH Instructional Coach

Kristin Samuels spent seven years at Walter Sundling Junior High in Palatine, including the last four as a reading specialist/instructional coach. She returned to the classroom in Texas last year after taking time off to stay home with her family. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign and a master’s degree as a reading specialist from National Louis University.

Clare Thomas – NBJH 6th grade math

Clare Thomas comes to Northbrook Junior High with vast teaching experience and knowledge of the instructional planning process. She taught 7th grade math for 14 years in Elmwood Park, and for the past year at Salt Creek District 48, she was a teacher and math interventionist. She earned a master’s degree of education in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University.

Heidi Uhl – NBJH 8th grade math

Heidi Uhl comes to Northbrook Junior High after completing her student teaching in a variety of math classes at a combined junior high and high school in Iowa. A recipient of the Iowa Scholars Award and former member of the Hawkeye Marching Band, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa this spring.

May 19, 2020

The following staff members were approved at the May 19, 2020 Board of Education meeting for the 2020-21 school year.

Marissa Bay – NBJH Math Teacher

Ms. Bay earned her bachelor’s degree in math education from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. She spent the last four years teaching 7th and 8th-grade math in parochial and charter schools, as well as at an American school in Torreon, Mexico.

Taylor Hoffman – Early Education Speech/Language Pathologist

Ms. Hoffman completed her master’s degree in speech, language and hearing at Northwestern University. Ms. Hoffman is a familiar face as she completed her student teaching in the Young Explorers program earlier this year.

Carley Krasavin – NBJH Math Teacher

Ms. Krasavin comes to NBJH with seven years of teaching experience at Fine Arts Academy and Magnet School in Chicago. She most recently taught in Deerfield District 109 as a math interventionist/math specialist. She earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University.

April 28, 2020

Samuel Fishman – 8th Grade special education, NBJH

Samuel Fishman will join the NBJH Student Services team this fall after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign this May. Mr. Fishman will join Brooke Valentine as a teacher in the Foundational Program at Northbrook Junior High. Sam has a passion for working with students who are most impacted by their disabilities and developed these skills during his teaching assignments in the Champaign area, working in junior high and high school life skills settings. His experience working as a 1:1 assistant in special education summer opportunities in the area and his extensive knowledge and training that he has received as a James Scholar in the College of Education at the University of Illinois makes him a great fit for NBJH.

Jamie Flood - 3rd Grade, Meadowbrook

Jamie Flood is joining Meadowbrook’s third-grade team. She comes to Northbrook after having taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at St. Joseph Catholic School in Libertyville for five years. She taught second grade for the past two years in Franklin Park District 84. Ms. Flood is working on completing her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University in August.

Lauren Israel – 1st Grade, Meadowbrook

Ms. Israel comes to Northbrook from the Chicago Jewish Day School, where she has taught kindergarten and first grade for the past five years. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Michigan and has a reading endorsement from National Louis University.

Molly Montes – 1st Grade, Greenbriar

Molly Montes is returning to Greenbriar for a one-year substitute position in 1st grade. Ms. Montes previously taught 3rd grade at Greenbriar for four years before deciding to stay home with her two children. She has a master’s degree in education from Northwestern University.

Killeen Nass – 5th Grade, Meadowbrook

Ms. Nass is returning to Meadowbrook after spending the last three years teaching third grade at Providence Englewood Charter School in Chicago. She was a special education and classroom assistant at Meadowbrook before taking her first teaching position at her current school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology at Marquette University.

Diane Stein – Art, Meadowbrook

Diane Stein joins the Meadowbrook team from New York, via Evanston to be Meadowbrook’s new art teacher. Diane spent the first 10 years of her teaching career at Trevor Day School in New York City before relocating to the Chicago area and teaching this past year at Roycemore School in Evanston.  Ms. Stein completed her master’s degree in Art Education at Brooklyn College. She brings a rich background and experiences in art education to Meadowbrook.

Collin Sylvano – 4th Grade, Westmoor

Collin Sylvano brings 10 years of experience as a 4th-grade teacher to his new position at Westmoor School. As a 4th-grade teacher in Elmwood Park, he coached and supervised numerous extracurricular activities for students and worked in various committees. He earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan.


March 19, 2020

Rosanne Wozney - School Psychologist

Rosanne Wozney joins District 28 effective July 1 as a school psychologist after more than a decade working at the Northern Suburban Special Education District.  A Wisconsin native, Ms. Wozney received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, and then moved to Illinois to begin her work as a School Psychologist. Ms. Wozney has extensive experience in several local districts serving students with complex learning needs. She brings a wealth of knowledge about learners who are most impacted by their disabilities, and a focus on developing skills that will lead to greater independence for students in the foundational program. She will also assist with the inclusionary practice.