ELEMENTARY 2

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Maria Barksdale
Teacher
Elementary 2 Head
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Caleb Wagner
Teacher
  • Education and Career Background: B.S. in Education from University ot Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.  AMS Elementary I &II Certified.  Completed AMI/NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies 

  • Approach to Learning and Teaching: Learning comes by working with the facts and bits of knowledge.  It is the teacher job to present the information/facts/knowledge in a ways that students can receive. Students then work with and manipulate that knowledge.  That's when learning happens.

  • Hobbies/Interests: Scrap-booking, spending time with my family 

  • Education and Career Background: B.A - DePaul University M.A.T - University of Chicago. This will be my fourth year at MSE

  • Approach to Learning and Teaching: I am a strong believer in progressive education and try to create a classroom where all students feel welcomed and safe.

  • Hobbies/Interests: Practicing guitar, cooking (and eating!), house music, and reading.

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Stannisha Payne
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Rita Dunn
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Lupy Cepeda
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Leo Pappalas
Teacher
  • Education and Career Background: Columbia College Chicago 1995, MMTTC (Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, 2009, Teacher with 22 years of leadership, instructing, fundraising and event planning experience. I have worked at Near North Montessori, Lemont Montessori, Rogers Park Montessori, and 2 years as an art instructor for Chicago Public Schools. I have experience with Curriculum Development, Administrative Oversight as a Team Lead, Program & Travel Coordination, Teacher Training of Interns, Program-wide Project Planning/Management, I am bilingual - Proficient in Spanish, and have been in charge of program budgeting and cost controls 

  • Approach to Learning and Teaching: Montessori is near and dear to my heart. My daughter who now is in college began her Montessori education at the age of 2. I knew this method of teaching is what I wanted for her. Montessori encourages exploration and independence; curiosity, self confidence, and a positive attitude and excitement  towards learning. I see these qualities on my child every day and the results that a Montessori education have provided are immeasurable. My role is to nurture this love for learning by creating a healthy and beautiful environement for the children and guide them in their learning through the beautiful materials and rich lessons. Most importantly, be authentic and observant. It is so important to listen to the children’s needs and create a safe space to ask questions, make mistakes, have fun and create! 

  • Hobbies/Interests: I love to paint, draw, take photographs of our amazing city, exercise, spend time with my family and friends, my daughter, and my dog Olive, and eat cheese!

  • Education and Career Background: B.S. Mathematics (UIC), Mathematics Teaching Certificate grades 6 - 12 (Chicago State)

  • Approach to Learning and Teaching: Be passionate about math.  Never give up on a student.  Math is a building that needs a strong foundation.

  • Hobbies/Interests: Fishing.  Reading.  Video Games.

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Kystal Toney
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Ashley Matthews
Teacher Assistant
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