Educational Staff
Superintendent - Dr. Christina Leahy
Eucational Background:
B.S. Northern Illinois University - Chemistry Major with Education endorsement, Biology Minor
M.Ed. National Louis University - Curriculum and Instruction
C.A.S. Illinois State University - Educational Administration
Ph.D. Illinois State University - Educational Administration, Chief School Business and Superintentend endorsements
Professional Organizations:
Illinois Association of School Administrators
Illinois Association of School Business Officials
Illinois Association for Supoervision and Curriculum Development
Illinois Association of School Boards
Initial Year at Sahs:
2012
Principal - Jennifer Toschi
Educational Background:
B.A. in Education - Northern Illinois University
Master in Curriculum and Instruction - National Louis University
Master in Educational Leadership and Type 75 Certification - Roosevelt University

Professional Organizations:
Illinois Principal's Association
Initial Year at Sahs:
1994
Charles J. Sahs School - Central Stickney School District 110 - 5001 S. Long Ave Chicago, IL 60638 - Phone: 708.458.1152 - Fax: 708.458.1168
Student Services Coordinator - Erin Hackett
Educational Background:
BA in Special Education - Illinois State University
Master in Educational Administration and Type 75 Certification - Governors State University

Professional Organizations:
IAASE - Illinois Alliance of Administration of Special Education
NLC - Illinois Vision Leadership Council

Initial Year at Sahs:
2015
Preschool Bilingual - Preschool Bilingual - Ally Garcia
Educational Background:
Bachelor's of Arts in Early Chilhood with Special Education Endorsement - Millikin University
Bilingual Endorsement - National Louis through the Illinois Resource Canter
Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Professional Organizations:
NAEYC
Initial Year at Sahs:
2012
Additional Information:
I enjoy spending time with my husband. In my free time I like to coach basketball. Some of my hobbies are listening to music, dancing salsa or bachata and spending time with my family and friends
Kindergarten - Kimberly Grachan
Educational Background:
Associate in Arts (Education) - Morton College
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education - Illinois State University
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University Chicago
ESL Endorsement - Concordia University Chicago

Initial Year at Sahs:
1993
Second Grade Bilingual - Liz Exo
Educational Background:
Elementary Education and Hispanic Studies degree from Illinois Wesleyan University
Bilingual/ELL Endorsements from National Louis University

Initial Year at Sahs:
2013
Additional Information:
I am very excited to be teaching second grade this year!
First Grade - Lisa Zelinski
Educational Background:
Associates Degree - Moraine Valley Community College
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education - Governors State University
Masters Degree to be a Reading Specialist - Governors State University
Professional Organizations:
Member of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor society of the International Reading Association

Initial Year at Sahs:
1999
Additional Information:
Began my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher for the Archdiocese of Chicago for two years prior to working as Sahs. I absolutely love my job as a Kindergarten teacher. I enjoy bringing new ideas, and fun ways of learning into the classroom. I have a musical flair, so I try to extend my love for music to all my students in order to enhance learning. I was once told that I have found my calling, and I truly believe I did!
Third Grade - Amy Hervieux
Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education - Elmhurst College
Initial Year at Sahs:
2001
Additional Information:
3 Children: Christopher, Mallory, and Avery
First Grade Bilingual - Nancy Torres
Educational Background:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education - University of Illinoisat Chicago
ESL and Bilingual Endorsements
Initial Year at Sahs:
2015
Additional Information:
Second Grade - Carrie Duffner
Educational Background:
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education - St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana
Masters Degree in Reading - Chicago State University
Professional Organizations:
AFT - IFT
Initial Year at Sahs:
2001
Additional Information:
I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 2 children, Billy and Ella who continue to teach me each and every day with all of their fun ideas.
Mrs. Duffner's Blog:

www.whatsnewgrade2.blogspot.com

Intervention Teacher/Curriculum - Kathryn Mueller
Educational Background:
Associates Degree - Moraine Valley Community College
Bachelors Degree in elementary Education - Aurora University
Masters Degree, Type 75, Educational Leadership - Olivet Nazarene University
Initial Year at Sahs:
2007
Additional Information:
I enjoy spending time with my husband Kyle and two children Hudson and Nora. For fun I like to read, go to the park with my kids or watch movies.
Mrs. Mueller's Blog:

www.whatsnewgrade2.blogspot.com

Reading/Math Interventionist - LeeAnn Mazuroski
Educational Background:
B.A. in elementary Education - Illinois Benedectine College
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University
Endorsement in ESL - English as a Secong Language - Concordia University
Initial Year at Sahs:
1984 - 1990
2002 - Present
Additional Information:
Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my girls named Katelyn and Megan.
Fourth Grade - Jamie McClain
Educational Background:
B.S. in elementary Education - Governors State University
M.A. in Special Education - Chicago State University
M.A. in Reading (Reading Specialist) - Olivet Nazarene University
Professional Organizations:
Illinois Reading Council
Initial Year at Sahs:
2007
Additional Information:
I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, Connor and Audrey. I also love to cook and scrapbook.
Third Grade - Jolie Avant
Educational Background:
Associate in Foreign Language - La Salle University - Bogota, Colombia
Associates in Arts (Education) - Prairie State College - Chicago Heights, IL
Bachelor's Degree Bachelor of Arts - Governors State University
Professional Organizations:
Member of Phi Theta Kappa
Initial Year at Sahs:
2016
Additional Information:
I enjoy teaching and spending time with my husband and my 2 years old Tzeitel. I love travelling abroad and doing outdoor activities
Fifth Grade - Mary Johnson
Educational Background:
B.S. in Education - St. Xavier University
M.A. in Curriculum Instruction - Olivet Nazarene University
Currently enrolled through National Program in ESL Endorsement
Initial Year at Sahs:
2002
Additional Information:
Student Council coordinator. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Bill and my two daughters Abby and Madeline, watching and attending White Sox games, and playing with my two Golden Retrievers Abe and Tess.
At Sahs, I help coordinate the Walk and Jog Club as well as the Student Council.
Fifth Grade - Jodi Sheehy
Educational Background:
B.A. in Sociology - Northern Illinois University
M.A. in Education - St. Xavier University
ESL Endorsement from National Louis University in 2015
Initial Year at Sahs:
2002
Additional Information:
I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughters Allison and Samantha as well as watching and participating in sports.
4th - 8th Hope, 6th - 8th Humanities, 6th - 8th Facs -  Cheryl Valek
Educational Background:
B.S. in Home Economics Education - University of Illinois
M.A. Early Childhood Education - Concordia University
ESL Endorsement from National Louis University
Professional Organizations:
Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Science
American Association of Family and Consumer Science
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Illinois Association of Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers

Initial Year at Sahs:

1988
Additional Information:
Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Outstanding Young Home Economist Award for State of Illinois
Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year of State of Illinois
Served on District and State Boards for IAFCS Professional Association
Runs Sahs Media Team, Graphics Arts, Multicultural and Career Options Clubs after school
2000 Heart of Sahs Award Winner
2 Children: Abigail and Alyssa
Ms. Valek's Website:
www.angelfire.com/il/hopeinaction
www.cvalek.com

Seventh Grade (Junior High Social Studies) - Mark Danforth
Educational Background:
B.A. Political Science - College of St. Francis
Secondary Educational Certificationand 30 hours Post Graduate Work through DePaul University
Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Type 75 Certification - Northern Illinois University
Initial Year at Sahs:
1991
Additional Information:
Runs the Sahs Floor Hockey league
Wife Susan is also a teacher in New Lenox, Illinois
Loves Hockey, Guitar, Trivial Information and his dog Wilbur
Mr. Danforth's Website:
www.danforthnews.com

Sixth Grade - Jody DePeder
Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education - Northern Illinois University 1998
Masters in Reading - St. Xavier Univarsity 2003
Initial Year at Sahs:
1999

Sixth Grade (Junior High Language Arts/Literature) - Lisa Gibbons
Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education (Language Arts Major/ Science Minor) - University of Michigan 2001
MA Degree in Reading - St. Xavier University 2005
Professional Organizations:
International Reading Association
Initial Year at Sahs:

2002
Eight Grade (Junior High Math) - Pamela Storti
Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education - Illinois Wesleyan University
Endorsement in Mathematics
Professional Organizations:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Initial Year at Sahs:
1996
Additional Information:
Eagle Hour Teacher. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my 4 boys. Extra Jobs: Springfield and Washington D.C. Trip Coordinator, Yearbook Coordinator
Eight Grade (Junior High Science) - Jacqueline Sobczak
Educational Background:
B.S. - DePaul University
Masters Degree in Education Administration and Type 75 Certification - St. Xavier University
Initial Year at Sahs:
2005
Additional Information:
I enjoy running marathons and spending time with my family and friends. I am also the cheerleading coach for Junior High
Music/Band - Irene Trimberger
Educational Background:
B.M.Ed. - Millikin University
Master in Ed. Admin. - Northern Illinois University
Professional Organizations:
I.M.E.A. - Illinois Music Educators Association
Initial Year at Sahs:
2016
Physical Education - Cynthia Dyrkacz
Educational Background:
B.S. in Education - Illinois State University
M.A. in Teaching and Leadership - St. Xavier University
ESL Endorsement Grades K-4 - National Louis University
Professional Organizations:
IAHPERD (Illinois Association for Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance)
SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators)
Initial Year at Sahs:
1992
Additional Information:
Heart of Sahs Award Recipient, Box Tops for Education Coordinator
Physical Education - Arthur Gamino
Educational Background:
Graduated from Trinity College in 2005
Professional Organizations:
IAHPERD (Illinois Association for Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance)
Initial Year at Sahs:
2006
Additional Information:
Sahs 8th Grade Softball Coach
Nurse - Kelly Ambre
Educational Background:

Professional Organizations:

Initial Year at Sahs:
2009
Additional Information:

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IT/Data Support - Giuseppe Tifoideo
Educational Background:
Associates of Applied Science in Network System Administration - DeVry University 2011
Bachelors of Science in Network Communication Management - DeVry University 2013
Initial Year at Sahs:
2014
Additional Information:
I love to spend time with my wife and our 3 kids, Alessandro, Amelia, and Matthias
Cross Categorical Resource Teacher (Intermediate) - Jill Szponder
Educational Background:
B.A. in Speech and Language Pathology - St. Xavier University
M.A. in Special Education - St. Xavier University
Professional Organizations:
Council for Exceptional Children and Learning Disabilities of America
Initial Year at Sahs:
2005
Additional Information:
Married - Two children: Dan and Alyssa
Intervention Teacher / Primary HOPE / Curriculum - Paulina Bednarek
Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education - St. Xavier University
Master of Arts in Educational Administration - Governor's State University
Initial Year at Sahs:
2004
Additional Information:
I enjoy reading and traveling. I have 2 children, Madison and Max
Mrs. Bednarek's website:

http://teacherweb.com/IL/CharlesJSahs/MrsBednarek/apt1.aspx

Primary Resource Teacher - Jennifer Winkler
Educational Background:
B.S. in Special Education - Northern Illinois University
M.S. in Special Education - Chicago State University
M.A. in Reading (Reading Specialist) - Olivet Nazarene University
Professional Organizations:
Council for Exceptional Children
Illinois Reading Association
Initial Year at Sahs:
2005
Additional Information:
I love to spend time with my husband and 2 daughters, Lily and Faith.
Junior High Learning Behavior Specialist - Christine Wendt
Educational Background:
BA Education
MA Educational Leadership
Initial Year at Sahs:
2011

Speech Language Pathologist - Katrina Long
Educational Background:
Communication Science and Disorders - Elmhurst College 2012
M.S. in Speech / Language Pathology - St. Xavier University 2014
Initial Year at Sahs:
2014
Additional Information:
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like watching new movies, listening to music, and reading
Library Clerk - Donna Chesser
Educational Background:

Initial Year at Sahs:
2000
Paraprofessional - Maria Diaz
Educational Background:
Bachelors Degree in Chemistry - University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Initial Year at Sahs:
2003
Additional Information:
After graduation, I was a teacher for high school students in Mexico
Paraprofessional - Diane Ludwikowski
Educational Background:
Attended Charles J. Sahs School grades K-8
Reavis High School grades 9-12
Paraprofessional Exam
Professional Organizations:
Cubscouts - Leader and Master several years
PTA - Executive Board officer 9 years including 3 years as president
Initial Year at Sahs:
2008
Additional Information:
Sahs volunteer 13 years
Sahs alumni K-8
Paraprofessional - Dana Poulsen
Educational Background:
Associate in Applied Science from Morton College
I also went to Sahs and Reavis graduating from both
Professional Organizations:
Serve on the PTA
Initial Year at Sahs:
2007
Additional Information:
I am on the executive board for the PTA. I have coached basketball and softball in the past. I have also ran multiple after school activities and love working at Sahs. I am a graduate from Sahs and have 3 children now attend Sahs too
Instructional Assistant - Maria Kowalczyk
Educational Background:
Finished schooling in Poland. Took English as a Second language - Loop College
Took Travel and Tourism - Harold Washington College
Initial Year at Sahs:
2002
Additional Information:
3 children: Andrew, Bridget, and Casey. Worked 13 years at Sears Pension Office. Help out my husband at his law office whenever I can. enjoy craft, skiing and spending time with family
Paraprofessional - Carmela Jimenez
Educational Background:

Initial Year at Sahs:

Additional Information:

Paraprofessional - Araceli Martinez
Educational Background:
Instructional Assistant
Para Professional
Initial Year at Sahs:
2002
Additional Information:
2 children: Cynthia and Fernando. I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting museums
Paraprofessional - Instructional Assistant - Maria Zurek
Educational Background:
Graduated High School  - LO Jablonka (Poland)
Early Childhood Education College - Nowy Sacz (Poland)
Paraprofessional Exam
Professional Organization:
PTA - Hospitality
Initial Year at Sahs:
2007
Additional Information:
Mother of 4 boys (Dawid, Tomasz, Lukasz, Michal). Sahs volunteer for 11 years. I like to travel.
Kindergarten - Astrid Garcia
Educational Background:
Associates in Arts - Harold Washington College
Bachelors Degree in Sociology - UIC
Substitute Certificate
Initial Year at Sahs:
2012
Additional Information:
I love spending my weekends catching up with my family and friends. I also enjoy trying out new foods and exploring new surrounding with my husband and daughter
AERO STAR Teacher - Patricia Kane
Educational Background:
BA in English and Psycology - Bradley University
MA in Special Education - Saint Xavier University
Initial Year at Sahs:
2015
AERO STAR Instructional Assistant - Leticia Rodriguez
Educational Background:
Paraprofessional
Initial Year at Sahs:
2016
AERO STAR Instructional Assistant - Leticia Rodriguez
Initial Year at Sahs:
2014
AERO STAR Instructional Support - Maria Anna Najera
Educational Background:
Associates in Business and Applied Science - Richard J. Daley College 1995
Initial Year at Sahs:
2014
Additional Information:
Enjoy spending time with my children Clarissa, Eliel David, and Julyssa
Fourth Grade - Karen Delestowicz
Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education - Benedectine University in 1998
M.A. in Teaching and Leadership - St. Xavier University in 2004
ESL Endorsement - National Louis University in 2015
Professional Organizations:
American Federation of Teachers
Illinois Federation of Teachers Human, Civil, and Women's Rights Commitee

Initial Year at Sahs:

2000
Additional Information:
I have 2 children, Bobby (4) and Grace (2). They keep me laughing and they teach me new things every day!
My blog: www.sahs4th.blogspot.com
School Social Worker - Shawn Amador
Educational Background:
B.A. in Psychology - North Central College 1996
Masters of Social Work - UIC Jane Addams, IL 2000
License in Clinical Social Work - February 2005
40 hour Domestic Violence Certification
Masters in School Leadership - NorthEastern Illinois University May 2012
Masters in Educational Leadership, Type 75 School Administration Certificate 2012
Professional Organizations:
Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW)
National Association of Social Worlekers
Initial Year at Sahs:
2000
Additional Information:
Creator and leader of after-school Clown Troupe which provides students and outlet to write, practice and perform humorous skits about prevention issues (bullies, friends, peer pressure) for 9 years. Visit us at schoolsocialtheatre.blogspot.com
Recipient of IASSW grant for clown costumes; 3 years in working child welfare; 4 years working with domestic violence survivors; 2009 Heart spring Award Recipient for innovation and Creativity in Special Education
In June 2016, Ms. Amador spoke at the Social Thinking Conference in San Francisco, CA about the theatre interventions she has created https://socialthinkingglobalprovide2016.sched.org/speaker/shawnamador
ELL - Lindsey Carrillo
Educational Background:
Associates - Moraine Valley Community College
B.S. in Education - St. Xavier University
ESL Endorsement
Professional Organizations:
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Initial Year at Sahs:
2007
Additional Information:
I enjoy taking trips with my family.