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.

Data Specialist - Vicky Mazur 
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.

Asst. Director of ELS/Student Services - Nora Geraghty

Nora Geraghty  was appointed May 23 to the newly created position to oversee the district’s Educational Life Skills program. Ms. Geraghty will step over from Northern Suburban Special Education District where has worked for NSSED since 2007 as an intervention specialist and program supervisor. She received a Specialist in Education advanced degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Illinois at Champaign. Read more.

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.

Appointed at the June 27 Board of Education Meeting:

Westmoor School

Matthew Kritzberg is the new head custodian for Westmoor School. He has worked as custodian at Northbrook Junior High since 2009.

Helene Josephson is the new administrative assistant in the school office. She has worked as a substitute teacher for District 21 and at a preschool. She was an worked as a special education instructional aide at Northbrook Junior High ending in 2002 and as a first grade teacher for two years.

Greenbriar School

Casey Murman is the new head custodian at Greenbriar School. He has worked as custodian at Northbrook Junior High since 2012.

Jessica Hulings is the new Technology Support Specialist for Greenbriar School. Jessica has worked as a long-term sub and classroom aide at Meadowbrook for the past two years.

Haley Sachs is the new school nurse.

Northbrook Junior High School

Lauren Wenk is the new Technology Support Specialist for Northbrook Junior High. She has worked in support positions for elementary schools for the past four years as a learning resource center assistant,  a technology aide, and kindergarten aide.

Dallas Sarmento is a new custodian at Northbrook Junior High.

Hilary Masterton – NBJH 8th Grade Social Studies

Hilary Masterton earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History from Carthage College in Wisconsin. Hilary served as a special education Instructional Assistant at Glenbard East and Glenbard West High Schools. She worked the past two years at a parochial school in River Forest where she taught social studies for sixth to eighth grade. Hilary also is the head JV cheerleading coach at Glenbrook North.

Krissy Pierce – NBJH Instructional Coach

Krissy Pierce earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Carthage College in Wisconsin. She earned her master’s degree in Education Technology Leadership from Concordia University. Krissy spent six years in Zion where she taught fifth and sixth grade for four years and then two years as a district instructional facilitator under Dr. Raitzer’s supervision. This past year, Krissy served as the Instructional Technology Media Specialist in Diamond Lake District 76.

Rachel von Holst – NBJH 8th Grade Social Studies

Rachel von Holst is a recent graduate from Grinnell University in Iowa where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and History. She completed her student teaching at South Tama High School in Iowa where she taught U.S. and Contemporary History to 9th and 10th grades. She also served as a tutor for a prison, studied abroad in the UK, home-schooled a student with special learning needs and served as an Instructional Assistant at Field Middle School. This is a homecoming for Rachel, who is a graduate of NBJH and Glenbrook North High School. 

Appointed at the May 23 Board of Education Meeting:

District

Nora Geraghty  - Assistant Director of ELS/Student Services

Nora Geraghty  will step over from Northern Suburban Special Education District to the newly created position to oversee the district’s Educational Life Skills program. Ms. Geraghty has been in charge of the ELS program in District 28 since 2013. She has worked for NSSED since 2007 as an intervention specialist and program supervisor. She received a Specialist in Education advanced degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Illinois at Champaign.

Greenbriar
Laura Scott – 4th Grade, Greenbriar

Laura Scott is finishing her second year of teaching at St. Emily School in Mount Prospect as a fourth/fifth grade teacher. Laura received a master’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University after working in communications for a few years after receiving a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois in communications.

Corrie Tucker –5th Grade, Greenbriar

Corrie Tucker joins District 28 after four years of teaching first through fifth grades in Oregon. She also worked as an art specialist at the Children’s Art Institute in Oregon for 12 years. She is returning to the area where she has family and is familiar with Northbrook after having worked at the Northbrook JCC. Ms. Tucker has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree and an English Learner Endorsement from Marylhurst University, Portland.

Debbie Floss - School Administrative Assistant
Debbie Floss joins Greenbriar after working for two  years as a School Secretary at an elementary school in Norridge. She holds a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University and has experience as an early childhood Montessori teacher.

Northbrook Junior High
Sarah Cohen – EL Teacher, Northbrook Junior High

Sarah Cohen comes to District 28 with a variety of experience. She was an enrichment teacher, a special education teaching assistant and a second-grade teacher. She earned a master’s degree in bilingual/bicultural education from Northeastern Illinois University and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from University of Iowa. She comes to District 28 from Waukegan District 60, where she was a second-grade teacher for nine years.

 

Kyle Pucciarello – Library Media Specialist, Northbrook Junior High

Kyle Pucciarello has worked in both school library and public library settings since launching his career in education 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in library science at Rutgers University. He also holds a master’s degree in education from The College of New Jersey. His experience as coordinator of Youth Services at a public library system in New Jersey, along with his work as a Library Media Specialist at North Brunswick Township School District, will help enhance the learning resources for students.

 

Jennifer Ross – Spanish, Northbrook Junior High

Jennifer Ross began her teaching career in 2005 at Crystal Lake High School District 155 teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Jennifer also volunteers as a bilingual case manager at Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in education from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a  master’s degree in Spanish from California State University.

 

Mary Seeberg – 8th grade Math, Northbrook Junior High

Mary Seeberg is a recent graduate from Marquette University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in middle/secondary education in mathematics. A graduate of NBJH and Glenbrook North High School, she comes highly recommended for her interpersonal skills, work ethic and content knowledge.

Melissa Sen – Spanish, Northbrook Junior High

Melissa Sen is returning to NBJH after a six-year hiatus. Mrs. Sen began her teaching career in London, England and then returned to her hometown of Northbrook in 2004, where she taught Spanish for five years before her husband was transferred to Arlington, Va. While working for Arlington Public Schools, Mrs. Sen became the World Language Specialist. She returned to District 28 this year as a substitute teacher for a maternity leave. She will be joining the staff full-time next school year.

Westmoor
Heather DelGrosso – Art, Westmoor

Heather DelGrosso worked in Grass Lake School District for the past four years as the preK-8 art teacher. She also taught at Lockport Township High School and West Elementary in Sycamore. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Northern Illinois University.

Sia Drakoulis – Early Childhood, Westmoor

Sia Drakoulis is joining the Young Explorers Early Childhood program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from DePaul University. She is currently employed as a preschool teacher at Urban Child Academy.

Nick Grigolo – 4th Grade, Westmoor

Teaching is a second career for Nick Grigolo, who left the business world to become a sixth-grade classroom teacher at Elmwood Park School District. He has worked in a K-6 elementary building for the past 12 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Concordia University and a master’s degree in education from National Louis University.

Laura Rzewnicki – kindergarten, Westmoor

Laura Rzewnicki has worked for the past six years at River Grove Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University and a master’s degree in literacy education from Northern Illinois University. She also holds certificates in Early Childhood and as a Reading Specialist.

 

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.