MIDDLE SCHOOL

Rick Mosher
Teacher
Director of Jr. High Curriculum
Keisha Johnson
Teacher
  • Education and Career Background: I earned my undergraduate degree in American History from UIC, and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. In the 1990's I was a stay-at-home dad with our two sons, and then took a position as assistant teacher at Near North Montessori School when they began school there. After 14 years at NNMS, I moved on to be part of the founding faculty at Beacon Academy Evanston, an IB/Montessori high school. 

  • Approach to Learning and Teaching: My guiding principles as an educator revolve around respect for the child, nurturing independence, and seeking work that engages the heart, the head, and the hand. 

  • Hobbies/Interests: On the side, I am a citizen scientist with decades of experience with insects and related creatures. I have worked on a project connected with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, camping in the jungle and chasing bugs at night. I am also a musician and songwriter.

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Dominique Dyson
Teacher
Daniel Dwyer
Teacher
  • Education and Career Background: DePaul University 2014: M.Ed in Secondary Education; DePaul University 2013: B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing

  • Approach to Learning and Teaching: Culturally responsive with healthy doses of humor.

  • Hobbies/Interests: Chipotle; Entrepreneurship, and Mommying

  • Education and Career Background: I am the Director of Literacy, Data, and Assessment at The Montessori School of Englewood. I began my 17-year teaching career in the Vickery Meadows neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Chicago in 2017 to continue teaching in North Lawndale. As part of my growth and education, I completed my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I am a huge book nerd, and you can regularly find one or two books on me at all times. I am very lucky to have a career where I get to read and explore literacy with students all day long. Along with teaching, I compete in and coach volleyball for 20 years working with players from 6th grade to college. 

  • Approach to Learning and Teaching: All students have the ability to be successful in the classroom; as an educator it is my role to facilitate, support, and help students find their voice, sharpen their knowledge, and use their skills to accomplish their goals and change the world.  

  • Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Photography, Sports, Writing, Camping, Cooking

Mia Quellhorst
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