New Staff 2022-23
Jennifer Andersen - YE Early Childhood
Jennifer Andersen will be joining the Young Explorers Program at Westmoor School as an early childhood teacher. She has worked as a preschool teacher at Frances Xavier Warde School for the past two years and was previously a Master Preschool Teacher at Chicago Commons.
She earned a master’s degree in early childhood and special education from National-Louis University.
Edward Brophy - Dir. of Human Resources
Edward Brophy has been named District 28’s new Director of Human Resources. Mr. Brophy is currently the assistant superintendent of operations at Forest Park District 91, a position he has held for 15 years. Prior to that he served as the Director of Business Services for Winfield District 34. He has a master’s degree from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and most recently received a program certificate from the Harvard Business School Analytics Program.
Jenna Garcia – Orchestra
Jenna Garcia will join the district’s orchestra directors after serving as interim orchestra director at James Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove since January. Ms. Garcia earned her bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst University. While at Elmhurst, she served as chapter president of the American String Teachers Association and chapter vice president of the National Association for Music Educations.
Sophia Halkias - NBJH Literacy Instructional Specialist
Sophia Halkias has spent the past 14 years with the Distinctive Schools network in Chicago as a middle school history and reading teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and regional director of literacy. She will provide literacy instruction support to the core subject teachers at NBJH. She has a master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alexandria Hibbard-Brown - Orchestra
Alex Hibbard-Brown will graduate with a music education bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in May. She completed her first student teaching placement at Vernon Hills High School and is currently in her second placement at NBJH under the guidance of Mike Govert. While at ISU, Alex was the chapter president of the American String Teachers Association and served as a lead teacher for the String Project that taught lessons to local middle school students.
Trina Newman - Gifted & Talented Coordinator, Westmoor School
Trina Newman is joining Westmoor after spending 22 years at Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School in Chicago Public Schools. She has taught 5th grade for many years and has experience with both departmental and self-contained teaching with an emphasis on gifted and talented education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with additional endorsements in English Language teaching and Gifted.
Carrie O’Connell – Reading Specialist, Meadowbrook
Carrie O’Connell brings 19 years of experience as an educator to the reading specialist position at Meadowbrook, serving students in all grades. Ms. O’Connell has worked in a similar position at Evanston/Skokie District 65 since 2008. She was a first-grade teacher for five years prior to that. Ms. O’Connell is a Glenbrook North alum, received her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a master’s degree from National Louis University.
Frederick Yoon – Science, NBJH
Frederick Yoon will join the Northbrook Junior High science team after spending the previous six months as an instructional aide at Glenbrook North High School where he supported students in Physics, Intro Chemistry and Earth Science. Mr. Yoon has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education and neuroscience from Lake Forest College. Mr. Yoon also coaches girls and boys high school gymnastics.
Jamie Zimniok - Band
Jamie Zimniok has spent the past 13 years as a band teacher in District 64 at both Lincoln and Emerson Middle Schools in Niles School District 64. A District 28 and GBN alumnus, she is happy to return to Northbrook. She earned a master’s degree in music education from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.