Meet the Staff

Megan Anthony

Mrs. Anthony grew up in a small town in Maryland. She attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and earned a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics while playing Division III field hockey.  After graduation, she entered the Chicago Teaching Fellows program and began teaching in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's west side.  Mrs. Anthony joins ITW Speer Academy this year after teaching for 10 years in Chicago Public Schools and earning her Master's of Arts in Teaching with a Concentration in Secondary Education.  Outside of school, Mrs. Anthony enjoys working out, watching sports and volunteering at PAWS animal shelter.  She is very excited to join the Speer family and be teaching Advanced Algebra and Precalculus.

Monica Avalos

Monica Avalos grew up in Chicago and is a Noble alum from the class of 2006. She was the first Noble student to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which allowed her to attend DePauw University and receive her BA in International Business/Spanish. Monica wanted to give back to Noble and decided to work for the Noble Network where she began her interest to pursue her M.ED in Bilingual/Bi-cultural Education at DePaul University. This initiated the start of Monica's educational career where she has been an English teacher in Mexico and a Spanish and Dual Language Teacher in Chicago. After living abroad the last year, she is happy to return to what she calls "home." Most importantly, she is happy to give her community and students the same opportunities Noble offered her. 


Julia Borkowska

Ms. Borkowska was born in Poland and grew up Chicago’s Avondale area. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of arts in secondary education and Concordia University with a master of arts in reading education.  A licensed learning specialist, reading specialist, and secondary English teacher, this is Ms. Borkowska’s 9th year teaching. She has two children and enjoys spending her time with them and inline skating around our beautiful city.     

Allie Biasillo (Fetzer)

Ms. Biasillo was born and raised in the city of Buffalo (Go Bills!).  She attended Niagara University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics and Special Education.  She then completed her Master of Education in the field of Literacy Specialist at the University at Buffalo. While completing her Master's, Ms. Biasillo worked as a Math/Special Education teacher at Gateway-Longview Incorporated. Ms. Biasillo recently moved to Chicago after obtaining her position at ITW David Speer Academy.  Although she is far from home, the Speer community has done an amazing job of making her feel comfortable in the Windy City. The Noble culture provides students with a safe and welcoming educational setting, and Ms. Biasillo is excited to prepare students to be successful in all of their future endeavors.

Colby Burnett

Colby Burnett returns to the Noble Network as a college counselor after previously working at Pritzker College Prep as math teacher and Fenwick High School as a history teacher.  He graduated from Northwestern Univ. with dual degrees in history and political science in 2005.  He won the Jeopardy! Teachers' Tournament in 2012 and Tournament of Champions in 2013. As such, he plans to make appearances on television  biannually for the next 2 decades.

Nathan Cancel

Nathan Cancel was born in Chicago and raised in the Humboldt Park area. He is currently continuing his education at Robert Morris University pursuing a BA in Business Administration. His current position here at Speer is a 9th grade para in the SPED department. Nathan is also the coach for the girls varsity softball team. Having taught at other schools, Nathan feels the standards that ITW Speer holds its students to, will greatly benefit them in their adulthood.

Michael Chase

Michael is a Chicago native who attended Northeastern Illinois University and obtained his B.S degree in Computer Science. He is currently finishing his M. Ed in Educational Technology from Eastern New Mexico University. He has been a hands on educator for almost 2 years and has held various roles and capacities throughout his tenure. His most recent accomplishment was working with students in a one on one educational environment and overseeing a leadership conference at MIT and UC Berkeley this past summer for incoming freshmen pursuing a career in engineering and technology.  

Winnie Cheung

Hailing from north of the border, Ms. Cheung, brings experience and a certain French flair to the Administrative team at Speer Academy. Ms. Cheung has been with the Noble Network in various positions over the last 10 years. Prior to Speer Academy, Ms. Cheung and Mr. Mulder worked alongside each other at Pritzker College Prep and Power House High, a phase out high school that partnered with the Noble Network for their final three years. Along with her duties as Assistant Principal of Speer Academy, Ms. Cheung has taken on the responsibility of Principal of Power House High in its final year. Ms. Cheung is a former Chemistry teacher who has taught not only in the City of Chicago but also in London, UK and Ottawa, Canada.

Brian Choi

  Mr. Choi teaches Introduction to Engineering Design for freshmen and Principles of Engineering for sophomores at Speer. He was born in Seoul, South Korea and has lived in the United States since late elementary school in New Jersey. Mr. Choi received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland before joining the Speer family to teach. He is thrilled to be part of such a great community and sees uncapped potential in the STEM curriculum provided at Speer for all students.

Jose Espinoza-Cortes

A native of Mexico, Mr. Espinoza immigrated to Chicago's Northwest suburbs with his family at the age of 2. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Public Health. While at Illinois, Mr. Espinoza concentrated in health education and completed his master capstone on the integration and improvement of HIV prevention and care services. After graduation, he pursued training as an Emergency Medical Technician and entered the field of corporate wellness, helping businesses and its employees achieve healthier lifestyles. Mr. Espinoza is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching at Relay Graduate School of Education and is excited about merging his love for science with education here at Speer. 

Steven Denza

Steven Denza was born in Torrington, Connecticut. He attended Williams College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology. Upon graduation he applied and become a part of Teach for America and was placed in Chicago and took a job as an 11th grade math teacher at Henry Ford Academy: Power House High. During his first two years as a teacher Mr. Denza attended National Louis University and attained a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education. Mr. Denza is teaching 9th grade Algebra this year at ITW David Speer Academy. Mr. Denza believes that every student in the United States has the right to a high quality education and that Noble provides that to students in the city of Chicago.

Clare Dice

Ms. Dice grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and went to Calvin College for her degree in English and Secondary Education. Though raised and educated in Michigan, Ms. Dice has called Chicago home for the past five years. In her free time, Ms. Dice finds joy in reading, concert-going, spending time with family and friends, and being outside. She is excited to teach 9th grade Cultural Geography for a third year at Speer; she cannot wait to see all of the reading and personal growth that her students make - from the beginning of their freshman year to the end, and all the way through to graduation!

Alexandria Fetzer (Biasillo)

Ms. Fetzer was born and raised in Buffalo,NY (Go Bills!).  She attended Niagara University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics and Special Education.  She then completed her Master of Education in the field of Literacy Specialist at the University at Buffalo. She is going into her 5th year of teaching and is excited to be teaching Algebra 1. In her free time Ms. Fetzer enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, including her new puppy Gracie! 

Sean Forester

Born and raised outside of Cleveland, OH, Mr. Forester has lived in and traveled though many different states and countries in search of how to pursue his passion for social justice. Throughout his travels, and a two-year stint as a Corpsman in the Navy Reserves, he found himself drawn to the field of education. In pursuit of his own education, Mr. Forester studied History and International Studies at Baldwin-Wallace University. Post-graduation, he was accepted into the Teach for America Chicago Corps as a Special Education teacher. During his first two years of teaching, he attended graduate school at night and earned a Master's degree in the Art of Teaching Special Education. Mr. Forester’s educational philosophy is continuously evolving; however, it consistently reflects the idea that, as a teacher, he is the facilitator, the student is the explorer, and together they are in a partnership to drive their learning.

Lisette Garcia

Lisette Garcia is a Chicago native and Noble Alumni who graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in English with a minor in Secondary Education. She has always been passionate about teaching, and this year is pursuing her Masters in Curriculum Studies with a Endorsement in Teacher Leadership and a Concentration in Bilingual Education at DePaul University. Lisette has started a women empowerment group at the Speer campus called G.I.R.L.S (Great Independent Responsible Ladies of STEM), to give young women in high school the tools to empower themselves, their community, and experience social/cultural experiences in Chicago. She is excited to be teaching English to Sophomores this year.

Michael Goldberg

Mr. Goldberg was raised in Buffalo Grove, a suburb of Chicago. He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated with a BS in History. While attending Drake he worked for a number of student organizations and political campaigns. After graduation, Mr. Goldberg worked for the Illinois Labor History Museum, as well as a brief stint in the field of public affairs. It was during this time that he decided to fully pursue his dream of teaching. Mr. Goldberg then enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University to receive his teaching certificate and MA. He is extremely excited to be teaching English Composition at ITW David Speer Academy.

Nicole Gonzales

Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Gonzalez earned her degree in Fitness Exercise where she now teaches and challenges today’s youth to live a healthy lifestyle. She believes in Noble Fit and is passionate about the personal growth students get to experience here at ITW Speer Academy. In her free time, Ms. Gonzalez enjoys playing sports, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Cassandra Hannah

Ms. Hannah was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. She then went to Concordia University and received a Master's degree in School Counseling. Most recently Ms. Hannah assisted in phasing out Henry Ford Academy: Power House High, which was located on the west side of Chicago. She loves working with young children that come from the same socioeconomic background that she came from, and believes in Paying it Forward. 

Gianna Hayner

Ms. Hayner was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, which is in the western suburbs of this fine city we call Chicago. Being the youngest of 4 children, she went off to college at University of Iowa to study Business and Entrepreneurship with an Aging Studies minor. After trying out the business world, working as an Activities Coordinator at an assisted living center, she decided to go back to school to get her Masters in Special Education. She has been working in a school setting for a few years now. When she's not working, Ms. Hayner enjoys spending time outdoors and working on her latest craft project. 

Anaise Hernandez

Ms. Hernandez was born and raised in Chicago. She is proud to say that she was part of the first graduating class at Pritzker College Prep in 2010. After graduating from Pritzker, Ms. Hernandez continued her studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on criminology.  She is the first in her family to graduate from college, and she proudly accredits her success to Noble’s mission and to the culture and values that Noble instills in its students. Currently, she works as one of the Disciplinarians here at Speer Academy, and she is also the Assistant Coach of the Girls Basketball team. Ms. Hernandez believes in the Noble Mission and is thrilled to be giving back to the Network of High Schools that encouraged her to excel and be the best that she could be. She is excited to see what progress ITW will make over the next several years, and she strongly believes that every student will be able to accomplish more than what they ever thought they were capable of.  GO PRIDE!! BE NOBLE!!

Bekah Holland

Bekah Holland grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago.  She graduated with a BA in international studies and human rights from the University of Dayton.  During her junior year, she had the opportunity to study and live in Santiago, Chile for the entire year.  Upon graduation, she returned to Chile to live and teach for another year and a half.  Ms. Holland went on to become a bilingual educator at Namaste Charter School in Chicago, while earning her Masters of Education in Bilingual Education from Depaul University.  She continued teaching in Austin, Texas for the last two years.    She is happy to be back in Chicago and to be working with the incredible Speer students!

Janette Kerr

A first-generation mother of rambunctious toddler twin boys, Ms. Kerr, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was the first out of her immediate and extended family to graduate from college. After a couple of years of working for low wages she realized that a bachelor's degree was not enough, so she went on to Temple University where she earned her master's degree in African-American Studies. But she did not stop there: she returned to Evanston to attend Northwestern University to pursue her doctorate in performance studies. It was in those years she realized that what challenged and fulfilled her most was to work with and on behalf of Chicago's youth, to broaden their own perceptions of who they could be and to message the reality that education, imagination and hard work will get them wherever they want to go. And she has happily committed to this effort ever since. She is grateful to be at ITW David Speer Academy & is eager to work with these future leaders and visionaries of STEM.

Mikhail Kostetsky

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Mikhail Kostetsky made his way across the ocean to arrive at Chicago. He attended Niles North and Stevenson High Schools in suburban Chicago, spending a great deal of time reading dictionaries of English language and outlining potential conversations with the invisible people at various locations. After being accepted to every college he applied to, he chose to attend Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. By 2002, Mikhail burned through most of the classes the school had to offer and transferred to University of Illinois at Chicago where he went on to obtain Bachelor and Master’s degrees in History and Teaching of History. In 2014, he joined the staff at ITW David Speer Academy and began teaching a Global Studies class. He currently teaches US History classes at Speer Academy. During rare moments of free time, Mikhail enjoys playing guitar, reading, and the great outdoors.

Andrew Kralovec

Mr. Kralovec was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he attended West Iron County High school. Mr. Kralovec earned his bachelor’s degree in Water Science from Northern Michigan University and his master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He then began teaching as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa. Since then he has taught in Venezuela, Ecuador and India. He is excited to be teaching for the first time in the US at Speer

Jordan Kruger

Mr. Kruger is our Assistant Principal and is focused on providing ITW David Speer Academy with a strong academic curriculum, excellent instruction and a tradition that breeds success.  He was born and raised in Chicago and is passionate about improving education in our city and has for the past 11 years as a teacher and as an administrator.  He has been with Noble since 2008, and in that time has taught Physics, Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry and has lead STEM departments throughout his time in the network.  Mr. Kruger believes that all students should have the opportunity to succeed in the hardest majors in college and transition into careers that are high in demand; STEM careers.

 Mr. Kruger graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 where he majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minored in Chemistry.  He was a member of the Fighting Illini Football Team and is proud of being able to balance the rigors of playing Division 1 sport and still being able to graduate with honors among pre-medicine majors.    As a result he believes that having a strong work ethic is the key to success in life and wants to dedicate his professional career to instilling strong work habits into Chicago's youth and then watch them go off and change the world in challenging and lucrative careers.

Andrew Leech

A native Chicagoan, Mr. Leech is late to the teaching profession. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994, he worked for a U.S. Congressman in Washington D.C. for two years.  Sadly, that Representative lost his election forcing Mr. Leech to reevaluate his career goals.  Education was always a passion, so he returned to Chicago and enrolled in DePaul University's Master of Education program.  This plan was interrupted, however, when his father took ill and needed help managing his business.  For the next ten years Mr. Leech grew a small (17 unit) rental property business into a 118 unit business.  These efforts were also, sadly, interrupted when in 2007 the banks began to fail.  Fate has a weird way of moving us sometimes, and Mr. Leech found himself teaching and happier than he has been in a long time.  After six years of teaching math in Chicago's lower income neighborhoods, Mr. Leech understands just how much education can open doors.  He is excited to be a part of Speer Academy where academic excellence is closely tied to success in those college studies that are so highly in demand.

Ricardo Lozada

Ricardo Nc (nick) Lozada is in his 3rd year at Speer. He was part of the founding staff for the school. He is also a former Noble graduate from the main campus in 2006. He was the first noble alum to graduate college as a student/athlete for all years in school. He works as a Physical Education teacher, sports coach, and assisting with the athletics program and school. Prior to Speer, he worked for the Chicago Park District for 4 years working as a physical instructor for Humboldt Park. He was a student/athlete at Concordia university of Chicago where earned his bachelors in exercise science and will be graduating with his Master’s degree in sports leadership in the next upcoming months. He lettered for 4 years in football and one year for baseball at CUC. On his free time, he enjoys music as a deejay and grew up dancing for over 10 years for different groups. Chicago sports is his passion as a sports fan. Helping the kids dream big is what makes working at Speer great for him.   

Kelly Mahoney

 Kelly Mahoney graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in International Business from Saint Louis University, and started her career in fashion, retail, and design. After several years in the fashion footwear industry, Ms. Mahoney realized that she was called to a career that was more meaningful and challenging. Upon making the decision to become a teacher, Ms. Mahoney began teaching 9th grade Physical Science in southwest Philadelphia through the Teach for America program. Concurrently, she earned her Master's Degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  Originally from Houston, TX, Ms. Mahoney has also lived in St. Louis, New York City, and Philadelphia. Although she has a variety of background experiences, Ms. Mahoney is passionate about teaching science because it allows people to understand the world in new ways. Now, she is happy to be at Speer Academy in Chicago to continue her career in education teaching AP Chemistry.  When she is not teaching, Ms. Mahoney enjoys traveling the world and exploring new cities, cultures, and cuisines. 

 Ashley Mathews

Ms. Mathews was born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago. She attended Pritzker College Prep, and she graduated in 2010 as a part of the first graduating class. Ms. Mathews further continued her studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. While there, she pursued a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics. In 2014, Ms. Mathews successfully completed her college career, making her the first in her family to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Currently, Ms. Mathews is a member of the Disciplinarian team here at ITW.

Thomas Mulder

Born in Chicago and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, Mr. Mulder attended Purdue University and earned B.A. in Health and Safety Education along with a B.A. in Exercise Physiology (and a minor in Mathematics).  He has also earned his Master's Degree from Concordia University in School Leadership. After graduating from Purdue, he accepted the job of Dean of Discipline and Athletic Director at Noble Street College Prep and held that job for two years. Wanting to pursue a football coaching position, Mr. Mulder left Noble Street to coach football while teaching math, health, and physical education at Lake Central High School in northwest Indiana. After three years of coaching and teaching in Indiana, Mr. Mulder returned to the Noble Network to become the Founding Assistant Principal at Pritzker College Prep and held that role for six years.  Noble's mission to provide a rigorous education and to graduate students from college is why he was proud to rejoin the Noble Network.  
One of Mr. Mulder’s proudest professional achievements was becoming the principal of Henry Ford Academy: Power House High School.  In 2012, Power House had finished their fourth year and was a low performing school in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.  To address Power House’s challenges, a partnership with Noble was formed.  Noble provided the principal in Mr. Mulder and his responsibility to implement the Noble expectations at a non-Noble campus.  In the two years under his leadership, Power House has become one of safest and top performing high schools in the city.
Through the above-stated professional experience that Mr. Mulder has worked hard to obtain, he is excited and motivated to execute the vision for all ITW David Speer Academy students: to earn a great Noble education and graduate from college with a STEM degree.  Mr. Mulder has high aspirations that ITW David Speer Academy will equip our students with excellent academic and real-life skills along with the self-discipline to secure employment and become productive citizens.

Elizabeth Munoz

Ms. Munoz was born and raised in Chicago. She is a Pritzker College Prep alumni coming from the 3rd graduating class of 2012. She is currently enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University striving to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education teaching Math. She currently works as a Paraprofessional here at ITW David Speer Academy and plans on continuing her career with us. She enjoys assisting the students in trying their hardest and putting in their best efforts. Working as a Paraprofessional has taught Ms. Munoz many new things and she is excited in taking the next step in her career here at ITW David Speer Academy.

Lydia Munoz

Born and raised in Chicago, Lydia Munoz is a proud alumni of the first Noble Campus now known as the "OC." Being a part of the third graduating class she has learned what it means to truly BE NOBLE. Lydia received her Bachelor's degree in Crisis Counseling and Psychology from West Coast University and Southeastern University. Lydia is now the founding counselor at ITW David Speer Academy. She loves the freedom she has to inspire and encourage students every day to be their better selves. She saw Noble through the eyes as a student and now can live it first hand as a staff member. She is excited to be an ITW team member and can't wait to see the impact it will make in the future.

Mathias Muschal

Mathias Muschal is pleased to begin his 12th year of teaching at his new home, ITW Speer. He is excited to be working with the Seniors to ensure their writing skills are honed well enough to get them to and through any and all challenges they will encounter after high school. Mr. Muschal is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and encouraging anyone and everyone that Muschal rhymes with crucial.

Ariana Nazario

Born in Oxford, Mississippi to a Military family Ms. Nazario spent most of her early childhood years living in Okinawa, Japa as well as California before moving to Illinois. She pursued her love of music throughout her college experience by studying and singing with known Gospel Vocalists such as Beverly Crawford and Donnie McClurkin. Ms. Nazario ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Regent University. In her spare tme, she enjoys writing and composing music, playing volleyball and volunteering with the elderly. 

Jose Nazario

José R. Nazario was born in San German, Puerto Rico.  Arriving in Chicago in June 1969, he grew up around Richmond and Division; North Ave. and Hamlin. He attended Lafayette elementary school, Chopin Middle School, Tuley High School and Roberto Clemente High School. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1977.  During his tour in the Marine Corps Sgt.Maj. Nazario was an Instructor for College ROTC at Purdue University and also at the University of Mississippi Ole Miss. Sgt.Maj. Nazario retired in July of 2007 and founded the MCJROTC program at Golder College Prep from 2007 to 2015.  The MCJROTC program was established at ITW David Speer Academy on June 21, 2015. He believes that developing the character of young men and women is what will secure the future of our nation. There are four principles that he has taught his own children to live by and he expects the same from the cadets and the ITW scholars; 1. Reject passivity 2. Accept responsibility. 3. Lead courageously 4. Expect the greater reward. Sgt.Maj. Nazario loves the Marine Corps and its positive look on all situations and his favorite saying from one of his Marine Corps leaders is one that encourages us to always look at the positive of life events; 1. Every day is a holiday 2. Every meal is a feast 3. Every formation is a parade 4. And the worst you ever had was wonderful.  OOORRAAAHHHH!

David Neven

Mr. Neven teaches US History here at ITW David Speer Academy. Raised in Carol Stream, one of the western suburbs of Chicago, Mr. Neven was always passionate about the importance of how history impacts our daily lives. He graduated from Elmhurst College with a B.A in History and Education. This will be Mr. Neven's fifth year of teaching, having previously taught middle school and US History throughout the Chicagoland area.

Jamelle Newsome

Jamelle Newsome was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Services from Belhaven University and competed as a member of their football team. He later received a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of South Florida. In 2011, Mr. Newsome relocated to Chicago and began a career in teaching and coaching. With three years of experience, Mr. Newsome is excited as to the prospects of the upcoming school year and seeks build on the momentum established during his freshman, sophomore, and junior year campaigns.

Anthony Notardonato

Mr. Notardonato is a native of the Northwest side of Chicago. After graduating from Purdue University with majors in actuarial sciences and statistics and a minor in (business) management, he began his career as a financial analyst. Feeling unfulfilled in this work, Mr. Notardonato returned to school to obtain certification to teach high school. Mr. Notardonato began teaching mathematics during summer school sessions in 2011 and 2012 for Rauner College Prep before joining another charter network in Chicago in 2011. When the opportunity arose to join Noble at the ITW David Speer Academy in 2014, it was not to be passed up. Mr. Notardonato chose Noble because of its culture of high academic and behavioral standards, which provides an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Julie Ann Orenstein

Ms. Orenstein was born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She went to the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Social Sciences. Ms. Orenstein moved to Chicago after college to participate in an Americorps Program for one year and then began teaching. Ms. Orenstein is so excited to be teaching at Speer this year and to get to know the students. Outside of school, Ms. Orenstein enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking walks by the lake, and exploring new coffee shops. 

Brian Orlinsky

Mr. Orlinsky was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois.  He has been teaching Special Education since 2004.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts in 1999 from the University of Arizona and his Master of Arts in Special Education in 2004 from Northeastern Illinois University.  Mr. Orlinsky lives in the Northwest side of Chicago with his wife, two daughters, two cats and dog.  He is an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and the University of Arizona Men’s basketball team.  Mr. Orlinsky strives to give each and every one of his students a high quality education.

Kelsey Oros

Miss Oros was born in Ohio but spent most of her life living in New Jersey.  She was brought back to the mid-west for college where she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  While there, Miss Oros pursued a degree in Mathematics and Secondary Math Education.  She fell in love with the mid-west and eventually decided to move to Chicago to teach instead of returning home to the east coast.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.  She is very excited to see what this year brings and can't wait to see all the growth the amazing Speer students achieve!

Matthew Pardo

Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Matthew A. Pardo attended the University of West Florida and earned his B.A. in Psychology. He then attended DePaul University and obtained his M.S. in General Psychology. Mr. Pardo wrote his Master’s Thesis on how the race of the defendant influences their sentencing, as well as perceptions of defendant empathy, leniency, recidivism, and retributive justice. In 2017, he was lucky enough to join the ITW Speer Staff; he currently teaches College Algebra and Precalculus. In his spare time, Mr. Pardo enjoys traveling, playing soccer, basketball, chess, and listening to music. 

Jenna Raduns

Ms. Raduns is from small-town Ocala, Florida, bringing a certain southern charm to the midwest. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida and is now pursuing her Master's Degree at Relay Graduate School of Education. After spending the last four years in Washington, DC, working first as a City Year and then later as a political analyst, she finds herself back in the classroom at ITW David Speer Academy. She loves everything related to history, politics, and food. 

Christian Reyes

Mr. Reyes is from Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico). He graduated Prizker College Prep in 2012. He is currently in Wilbur Wight College earning an associate degree. From there he will be transferring to the University of Chicago at Illinois for a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He is working in the main office as an administrative assistant. Mr. Reyes currently lives in Chicago.

Deliz Rivera

Deliz Rivera is the Enrollment Coordinator at ITW David Speer Academy. Deliz handles all aspects of the Enrollment process for Speer Academy. Before joining the Speer family earlier this year Deliz worked for CPS as a clerk for 3 years. Previous to working in the school system Deliz was working in the medical field, however she decided she really wanted to work with young people. Deliz moved to Chicago from Florida 5 years ago with her husband and 3 children. On her free time Deliz works with urban youth as a mentor.

Nicolle De Roeck

Ms. De Roeck grew up in Glenview, Illinois and attended Glenbrook South High School.  This is also where she discovered that she wanted to pursue teaching.  After spending a year at Indiana University, she transferred to Purdue University, from which she received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education.  After teaching at West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School in Indiana, Miss De Roeck is thrilled to be returning to Chicago and teaching at Speer.

Rachael Rosen

Rachael Rosen is one of the college counselors on staff at David Speer Academy and is eternally grateful to work at this exemplary school.  Prior to becoming one of Speer’s college counselors, Rachael taught both Spanish as a foreign language and English for eight years.  Rachael attended Vanderbilt University where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Now, she's pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership at DePaul University.  Finally, Rachael's number one passion is educating Chicago's youth and she believes every child wants to succeed at something - whether that be school, sports or something else.  With the help of strong role models and structures in place, opportunities of certainty are opened up for young people.  In her free time, Rachael enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Jose Sanabria

Mr. Jose Sanabria was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He and his family moved to Chicago when he was child and grew up in the Logan square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. Later, he attended Schurz High School where he majored in Music and Art.   Mr. Sanabria received his degree from National University in San Diego. This is his 18th year teaching, 2nd year with the Noble schools. Mr. Sanabria and his wife Rosalinda have five children, all of which have graduated or will graduate from Noble schools and are very successful in their colleges. His Daughter will be graduating from ISU in December with a degree in education, which he is very proud of. Mr. Sanabria believes in the Noble way and knows that its model will produce future success. In his free time he enjoys being a musician.     

Jose Sandoval

After growing up with an interest in STEM, José Sandoval graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a BA and a MA in physics. He earned his MA in Secondary Education from National Louis University. In addition to his interests in science & education, Sandoval is an accomplished pianist.

ChiaHung Shen

Mr. Shen was born and grew up in Taiwan where he attended Tunghai University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration.  He has taught at two Junior High Schools before immigrating to the U.S.A. Mr. Shen joined Speer Academy in July 2017 after teaching at another charter school network in Chicago. Mr. Shen received his Master's of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Secondary Education teaching World Language-Mandarin from National Louis University in Chicago and obtained PEL in IL and TN.  Mr. Shen teaches Mandarin I to 11th graders and formed and instructs Tai Ji Club at ITW Speer Academy where he truly enjoys teaching and students truly can learn. 

Angela Scherbauer

Angela earned her degree in psychology from the University of Dayton in Ohio. After graduating, she joined Teach for America, where she worked as a Pre-K teacher for two years in the Englewood community of Chicago. Since completing her commitment for Teach for America, she has taught at both Pritzker College Prep (A Noble Street Charter School) and San Francisco College Prep (A KIPP Charter School). She has spent the last 3 years working for Academic Approach, where she helped students across Chicago increase their ACT and SAT scores. She is happy to be back in the classroom, and in particular she is happy to be working with the wonderful students and staff at Speer!

Michelle Sharkey

Ms. Sharkey was born and raised on the west side of Chicago in what is now called University Village in the South Loop area. She attended High School on the west side and went on after high school to Robert Morris University to obtain a Associate Degree in Applied Science. She worked as a Paralegal at a small Law Firm in downtown Chicago. She later returned back to college to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from National Louis University. Ms. Sharkey believes in students receiving a great education and giving back to Chicago communities. Ms. Sharkey has a great knowledge of Charter High Schools here in Chicago. Her heart beats, are her two children, her son who is a recent high school graduate of a Charter High School here in Chicago and her beautiful daughter. 

Caroline Sheep

Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ms. Sheep attended Penn State University in State College, PA. She studied Microbiology where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. While at Penn State, Ms. Sheep served on the Executive Committee of the Penn State Dance Marathon, completed thesis research in Communication Arts and Sciences, and participated as a member of Science LionPride. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Relay Graduate School of Education. She currently teaches 9th Grade Biology at Speer Academy, giving her the opportunity to geek out with everything science related.

Brittany Sralla

Ms. Sralla was born and raised in the town of Wichita Falls, TX. She attended Texas A&M University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. After college, Ms. Sralla spent 2 years working in outdoor and environmental education in Austin, Alaska, and on Catalina Island. Her travels and work sparked a deep passion for education and drove her to return to Texas to receive her teaching certification. She taught 5th grade science for one year in her hometown before making the move to Chicago, where she now teaches 9th Grade Biology at Speer. She loves  getting city kids exposed to the natural world. Outside of school, Ms. Sralla loves bouldering, hiking, paddlesports, and anything else outdoors.

Rebecca Stone


Becki Stone is currently in her 11th year of teaching, seven of which have been with the Noble Network.  She is enjoying her third year here at ITW Speer Academy and her first year in a new role as Dean of Special Services. In her free time, Ms. Stone spends time with her daughter, Kaylie, two cats, Mata Hari: Dancer Turned Spy and Cloche, three guinea pigs, Bob, Max, and Littlest Runt, and also loves to knit and read!

Lizbeth Torres

Lizbeth Torres has been surrounded by Noble success since she was very young, due to her brothers being part of the first graduating class of the original Noble campus. A few years later, she too was part of a first graduating class of a Noble campus in 2010, when she graduated Pritzker College Prep. With a lot of experience in the Noble environment under her belt, Lizbeth knew that she wanted to one day find her way back into the network by teaching. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Physical Education. After teaching Math and Introduction to Engineering, Lizbeth has moved on to teaching Health and Fitness to the students at Speer Academy.

Jocelyn Uribe

Ms. Uribe was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Pritzker College Prep in 2012. Currently she is attending Northeastern Illinois University for a bachelor’s degree. She was a part of the founding staff as a paraprofessional with the 9thgrade students. Working as a para was a great experience and she got to see the growth of the students. She is now a Learning Specialist and is loving the new experiences that are coming her way. She is excited to continue her work career at ITW David Speer Academy and continue to see the school progress and be a part of this great culture.

Dominika Villena

Dominika Villena grew up in the great city of Chicago. She attended elementary and high school on the northwest side and went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in History and minored in Mathematics.  Since she knew she always wanted to move back to the city she loved, she decided on the University of Illinois at Chicago for her graduate work.  While there, she completed her Masters of Education and discovered Noble.  While teaching, Dominika completed a Certificate of Advanced Study and earned her Black Belt in Taekwondo.  This is Dominika’s eleventh year with the network.