Meet the Staff
Mr. Alb was born and raised in Northwest Indiana where he attended Lake Central High School. Mr. Alb earned his Bachelor's degree in Education from Indiana University Bloomington. He taught at Calumet High School in Gary, Munster High School, and at his alma mater, Lake Central in St. John, Indiana. Mr. Alb has coached golf, cross country, and wrestling. Mr. Alb has finally found a home at Speer Academy implementing all of his previous courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Space) into the Engineering program at Noble's First STEM campus.
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.
Mr. Barlow was born in England, and moved with his family to the Chicago area when he was 12 years of age. Despite sharing a common language, moving to the United States was quite an adjustment. Mr. Barlow attended Illinois State University earning a degree in Criminal Justice. He played rugby while at Illinois State and continued to play rugby on the club level for the Chicago Griffins until he was thirty and became more sensible. Mr. Barlow received Master's degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Roosevelt University respectively. He is excited to be part of the Speer team and helping our students succeed. Mr. Barlow is married (Robin) and has two grownup sons (John and Joe).
Maggie Biernat was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She grew up with two sisters, one of whom she works with. She double majored in English and Psychology. Her hobbies include reading, writing, traveling, going on nature walks, exploring the hidden gems the city of Chicago offers, and spending time with her sisters, nephew, boyfriend, and friends. She is currently a teacher-at-large, working closely with Mr. Denza, the 9th grade algebra teacher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 second 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!
Nicholas Ditto grew up just outside the Chicago city limits in Oak Park. After graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School, he attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he moved to the hottest city in the country, Phoenix, where he taught 7th-8th grade science for two years while earning his Master's in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. After two years of triple-digit temperatures, Nicholas decided to move back to Chicago and teach the next generation of STEM leaders at ITW David Speer Academy. He is incredibly excited to teach 10th grade Honors Chemistry and STEM Reading this year.
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 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 is excited to be part of the Speer team this year. With 10 plus years of basketball experience, she is now the coach of JV Girls Basketball. In addition to coaching, Lisette has started a women empowerment group at the Speer campus called G.I.R.L.S (Great Independent Responsible Ladies of STEM), to help motivate women of all ages throughout high school and beyond.
Meredith Goldberg was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She attended Tufts University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. Upon graduation she applied and become a part of Teach for America and was placed in Chicago. Upon moving to Chicago, Ms. Goldberg worked as a high school math and special education teacher on the south side. During her first two years as a teacher Ms. Goldberg attended National Louis University and attained a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education. Ms. Goldberg is teaching 10th grade Algebra 2 this year at ITW David Speer Academy. She believes in holding her students to high expectations so that they can achieve their greatest potential inside and outside of the classroom.
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.
Anthony Gomez was born and raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and received his Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering in 2011. From 2012 through 2015 he worked with the Illinois Housing Development Authority managing a variety of Federal and State grants that went through their organization. While working with IHDA, Anthony wanted desperately to go back to his true passion – Math and Science. So he began teaching at ITW David Speer Academy in 2015 and is unbelievably happy to be able to help students love the subjects he loves. If Anthony is not in school teaching you will most likely find him doing 1 of 2 things – playing music (piano/guitar/drums) or golfing.
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.
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.
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 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!
Mr. Mr. Kelleher was born in Edina, Minnesota, but has lived in the Chicago area most of his life. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his M.A.T. from National Louis University. He started his teaching career on the south side of Chicago and was most recently at Senn High School, where he was also the founding badminton coach there. Outside of teaching he is interested in software engineering, medieval literature, and 20th Century American History.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
Mrs. Mandusic was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She attended Indiana University where she majored in English Literature and Japanese language with hopes to someday travel the world. After obtaining her Master's degree in Education from DePaul University, she joined the world of education and is now in her ninth year teaching (which includes teaching for a year in Moscow, Russia and a summer in Poznan, Poland). Last year she was thrilled to join the Speer staff and loves being able to share her love for literature, history, and culture in her 10th grade World History classes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 its culture of high academic and behavioral standards provides an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.
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!
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.
Ms. Recchia was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She attended Central Michigan University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Education. During her time at Central Michigan University, she majored in Special Education, with a minor in reading. Ms. Recchia was involved in running the Michigan Winter Special Olympics, participated in both volleyball and basketball intramurals, and volunteered for the Michigan Humane Society. Prior to moving to the city of Chicago, Ms. Recchia taught as a special education teacher for the city of Detroit. Her goal is to continue on with her masters within the next 2 years in the area of education as well as spend her summers getting involved in urban farming. In her classroom you will find a mix of high expectations and a fun learning environment. She believes in meeting her students at the level they are at academically and providing them with the necessary tools, so that her students are college ready. Ms. Recchia is very thrilled to live in the city of Chicago and to work for a district that is making great strides of success again and again.
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 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.
Rachael Rosen is a 9th grade Composition teacher at David Speer Academy and is ecstatic to work at this amazing school. Prior to teaching English Composition, she taught Spanish at two different charter schools on the west and south sides respectively. 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.
Ms. Rodriguez (-Beuerman) is the 10th grade engineering teacher at Speer Academy. She is from Madison, Wisconsin but went to school at Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in Chemical Engineering. She is super excited to be teaching students about engineering and can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store! She is also the cheerleading coach, and after a short break from cheerleading in high school and college, she is looking forward to getting back into it.
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.
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.
Ms. Shan probably never would have left the east coast if it were not for Teach for America. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland, she received a ScB in Biology with a focus in Immunobiology from Brown University. Her experiences working with students in Baltimore, and being a Teaching Assistant during college are what drew her to teaching, and her commitment to educational equity and belief in the uncapped potential of the students drive her each and every day to continue teaching. This is her second year teaching 9th grade biology.
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.
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.
Rebecca Stone grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and attended Bradley University where she became certified as a Learning/Behavior Specialist. Rebecca is currently in her 10th year of teaching, six of which have been with the Noble Network. She is enjoying her second year here at ITW Speer Academy and looks forward to many more to come. Ms. Stone has two cats, Cloche and Taco.com, and loves to knit and read in her free time!
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.
Anna Treesara was born and raised in the city of Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech High School. She always knew that teaching was the path for her and went on to become a Golden Apple Scholar and attend Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she studied English - Secondary Education. Immediately after Ms. Treesara graduated in May 2013, she received a Fulbright to teach English as a second language in Thailand. She spent about a year there reconnecting with her Thai culture and learning more about the Thai education system. Following her Fulbright grant, Ms. Treesara came back to the United States and interviewed for a position at ITW David Speer Academy. She knew right away that this was where she was meant to be. Ms. Treesara hopes to be a part of the Noble community for many years to come.
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.
Shane grew up in a one stoplight town called Sweetser, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Sports Communication and Telecommunications. He then completed a Masters in Special Education from Quincy University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. He currently is the Founding Athletic Director and Founding Dean of Student Services at Speer Academy. He is passionate about technology, lifelong learning, and living a healthy lifestyle and incorporates each of these elements into everything he does. He grew up watching the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Indiana Hoosiers. He has seen more heartache than success in his lifetime with those teams but there is always next year… right? Growing up in a one stoplight town to living in the diverse Windy City he hopes to bring his passions into the lives of all those he comes in contact with.
Jeremy Winn is an engineering and computer science teacher at David Speer Academy, as well as an independent game designer. He completed his B.S. and M.A. in Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, then went on to study applications of game design in education in his doctoral work at the University of Missouri. Mr. Winn has taught students of all ages from preschool to college, and firmly believes that high disciplinary and academic expectations are essential to student success. He also believes that students learn best when they are engaged in solving interesting problems. Over his career he has developed and co-developed many games for both educational and recreational use. Mr. Winn is also a giant nerd who enjoys gaming, anime, and fantasy. He has a special interest in live action roleplay (LARP).
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