New Staff for 2019-20

New Staff - District-wide


Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke – Adaptive PE

Jennifer Burke will join District 28 as an Adaptive Physical Education teacher providing services to students across all four school buildings. Jennifer graduated from Carthage College in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education, and she has a master’s of education degree in Health and Wellness from the American College of Education. Jennifer has worked as a full-time Adaptive Physical Education teacher for the past six years in the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL). She is eager to work directly with students and to consult with PE teachers to support students with adaptations and modifications in general education PE classes. Jennifer is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization, The Trike Project, which raises money to provide adapted bikes to students with disabilities.


Joel Gallegos

Joel Gallegos – Director of Buildings and Grounds

Joel comes to Northbrook from Barrington District 220, where for two years he was Coordinator of Operations, Custodial and Grounds and managed the day-to-day operations for 12 schools. He also served on the Facilities Committee, which plans for and completes an average of $2.5 million in summer projects annually.

Prior to Barrington, Joel managed custodial operations at College of DuPage for four years and was a facilities manager at Mundelein High School for four years. He began his career as a district manager overseeing corporate facilities.

Michelle Jackson

Michelle Jackson - Director of Learning

An educational leader with a background in curriculum development and gifted education has been appointed as the Director of Learning.

Michelle Jackson comes to Northbrook from Deerfield, where she was a principal at Walden Elementary School. She began her administrative experience as an assistant principal and coordinator of the talented and gifted program for grades k-8 at Oak Grove School. She started her career at Grove Avenue School in Barrington, where she taught in grades three, four, and five for eight years. She has experience leading curriculum review cycles and designing professional development for teachers, as well as having a strong understanding of differentiation. She also led the implementation of the “Leader in Me” program to support school-wide social-emotional learning.

Ms. Jackson received a master’s degree in educational organization and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, also from the University of Illinois.

She is replacing Stephanie Smith, who is returning to the classroom to teach sixth-grade language arts at Northbrook Junior High.

 Mollie King  

Mollie King – Social Worker (GB & WM)

Mollie King brings four years of experience to her social work position, which will be split between Greenbriar and Westmoor Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in Schaumburg District 54 and Mount Prospect District 57.

Kelly Sculles 

Dr. Kelly Sculles - Director of Student Services

An elementary school principal who began her career as a special education teacher will be the new Director of Student Services effective July 1. Dr. Kelly Sculles was appointed to the position by the Board of Education at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Dr. Sculles currently works at St. Charles District 303 where she been an elementary principal for the past seven years. In that capacity she has been serving as a district-wide leader in a student support initiative and for the district’s Emerging Leaders Academy.

Dr. Sculles began her career in St. Charles as an elementary special education teacher. She expanded her experience of supporting students as an Inclusion Facilitator focusing on students with autism, learning disabilities, emotional disorders and cerebral palsy.

Before becoming a principal in St. Charles, Dr. Sculles worked as a Regional Intervention Coordinator and Program Supervisor overseeing students services for seven districts and parochial schools at the Proviso Area for Exceptional Children special education cooperative. 

She will replace Dr. Rosanne Dwyer, who is retiring after 25 years at District 28. Dr. Dwyer has been Director of Student Services since 2011.

“Kelly’s experience, leadership and student-centered philosophy make her a great fit for our district,” said Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt.

Upon being appointed, Dr. Sculles said, “As I build an understanding of the current continuum of services within the district through conversation and observation, I look forward to working collaboratively with staff and parents to enhance our practice and enrich the learning experience for our students.” 

Jennifer Lee-Stewart 

Jennifer Lee-Stewart – Orchestra Teacher

Jennifer Lee-Stewart comes to District 28 after teaching orchestra for 15 years at Palatine Township School District 15. Her responsibilities included string instrument classes at both the elementary and junior high levels. She has extensive teaching and performance experience, which  make her a great fit in the instrumental music department. She replaces Mrs. Muehleise, who has moved out of state.

Lauren Schonberg 

Lauren Schonberg – Physical Therapist

Lauren Schonberg will join the student services team as a physical therapist. She has a variety of experience in hospital, clinic and school settings. She has a strong knowledge of best practices and care for students. Ms. Schonberg has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University.


Greenbriar School

Jasmine Myalil 

Jasmine Myalil - English Learner Teacher

Jasmine Myalil joins District 28 as an English Learner teacher and coach. Ms. Myalil brings a wealth of knowledge about best practices, co-teaching, coaching and collaboration. As an EL/Bilingual Specialist in Arlington Heights for 11 years, she has presented at many EL and bilingual conferences. She earned her master’s degree in instructional leadership and EL/Bilingual education from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from University of Miami, Florida.

Meadowbrook School

Weronika Dudkiewicz    

Weronika Dudkiewicz -Speech Language Pathologist

Weronika Dudkiewicz joins District 28 as speech/language pathologist for a one-year maternity leave. She brings eight years of experience from a similar position in Norridge. Ms. Dudkiewicz has experience with a variety of childhood speech and language interventions, and her commitment to meeting students’ communication needs. She has a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Speech, Language and Learning and a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communication Sciences and Diseases.

 Alina Martinez

Alina Martinez - Art

Alina Martinez is returning to Meadowbrook School to teach art for a one-year maternity leave. She has been teaching at Meadowbrook since winter break when Mrs. Hamm began her maternity leave. Prior to teaching at Meadowbrook, Ms. Martinez taught art in Des Plaines and in Chicago Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art from Northeastern Illinois University.

 Susan Nordberg  

Susan Nordberg – 4th Grade 

Meadowbrook School is thrilled to welcome back Susan Nordberg to District 28. Ms. Nordberg taught fourth grade at Greenbriar before moving to Texas with her family in 2017.  While in Texas, she taught sixth-grade social studies. She recently returned to the area with her family. Ms. Nordberg holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University.

Northbrook Junior High

Sydney Berg   

Sydney Berg – 7th   Grade Special Education

Sydney Berg began working at Northbrook Junior High as a substitute special education teacher for a three-month maternity leave in 2018. She stayed on as an instructional assistant for the remainder of the year. She will take the position of seventh-grade special education teacher in August. Ms. Berg has experience serving as both a camp director in Glenview and an inclusion companion at North Suburban Special Recreation Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.



Nicole Penherski – NBJH Math Instructional Specialist


Ms. Penherski has two years of experience as a math instructional coach and two years of experience as a junior high math teacher. She has worked with learning teams to analyze data and develop action plans for school improvement. She has supported teachers through coaching cycles and provided professional development. Ms. Penherski is described as having a strong work ethic and a solid understanding of effective classroom instructional strategies. She earned a master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois.

 Karee Schwarz  

Karee Schwartz – 7th-grade Math 

Northbrook Junior High is excited to welcome back veteran math teacher Karee Schwartz after a one-year absence. She taught sixth- and seventh-grade math at NBJH for 11 years before resigning to spend time with her family in 2018. She has taught both core and advanced math classes and is extremely familiar with the units of study and is eager to participate in the math review process. She received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University and her bachelor’s degree in middle school math from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Stephanie Smith   

Stephanie Smith - 6th Grade English Language Arts

Stephanie Smith is returning to the classroom after serving three years as the Director of Learning. She was also the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at Northbrook Junior High for three years before taking an administrative opportunity in Arlington Heights District 25 for one year. Mrs. Smith is excited to be returning to the classroom and working more directly with students.


Jennifer Zhao   

Jennifer Zhao – 8th Grade Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Jennifer Zhao earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Illinois and received a master’s degree in teaching and leadership from Saint Xavier University. She has served as a Foundational Life Skills Teacher in Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) for five years. Following NSSED she moved to Greenwich, Connecticut and worked as a special education teacher for five years in sixth grade in both the general education and special education settings. Most recently she worked for Chicago Public Schools with third- through sixth-grade special education students. Jennifer’s range of experiences, strong collaboration skills, and dedication to students will be tremendous assets to NBJH and the Student Services Department. We are happy to welcome Mrs. Jennifer Zhao to District 28 and Northbrook Junior High as an 8th grade special education teacher.

Westmoor School

 Allie Rubenstein  

Allison Rubenstein – 2nd-grade teacher, Westmoor

Allison Rubenstein comes to Westmoor from Morton Grove School District where she worked at Park View Elementary School. She began her career at Park View in 2016 after student teaching at Willowbrook Elementary School in Glenview. Ms. Rubenstein earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Michelle Lee   

Michelle Lee -- Early Childhood Teacher, Westmoor

Michelle Lee will be joining the Young Explorers Early Childhood Team as a special education teacher in August. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her master of education degree in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University. Michelle will be a familiar face for the Young Explorers program as she completed her student teaching with Heather Lerner. The Young Explorers Program is hosted at Westmoor School.