Our Faculty

Megan Augustyniak

HR Coordinator/Front Office Administrator/AfterCare Director

Flagship Campus

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Having worked as an Early Childhood Educator and Educational Coordinator at CHALK Preschool for six years in Chicago, Megan joined the Bennett Day School team in 2016 as the Front Office Administrator and AfterCare Director. She has loved every minute of building relationships with the students and families that walk in the door each day. Helping build the Bennett & Beyond program and working with the AfterCare team has been a huge highlight of why Megan is passionate about programs offered at Bennett Day. She is always eager to share her love of hands-on learning and exposing students to a healthy active lifestyle through these programs. Megan is also excited to be a part of the internal Human Resources team for the 2017-2018 school year.

Before making the move to Chicago, Megan grew up in Bay City, Michigan and is a Michigan State University alumni. Go Green! Her bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education, with minors in Mathematics and English. She is also a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), where she continues to expand upon her knowledge of internal leadership development.

Allison Borys

Second Grade Apprentice Teacher

Flagship Campus

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After spending her first year teaching as an Apprentice in the 1st Grade classroom last fall, Allison Borys is thrilled to be returning to Bennett Day and having the opportunity to loop with her class to 2nd Grade.  Allison is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading License addition.  After time spent substitute teaching in Ann Arbor, MI she decided to move to Chicago to expand her horizons and continue on a path in the elementary education field.  She feels very lucky to have found Bennett Day along with her coaching position as the Whitney Young HS Girls Lacrosse head coach where she can share her love of lacrosse with high schoolers in the city.

Allison is looking forward to building upon the relationships she already has with her class and to helping provide enriching experiences that will spark learning and joy in her students.

Amy Burzotta

Senior Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher

Flagship  Campus

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Amy is ecstatic to be joining Bennett Day this year as a primary grades apprentice teacher. Ever since she was in elementary school herself, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. Amy graduated in 2014 from Elon University in North Carolina. She finished with her Bachelor’s degree in both Elementary & Special Education. Since graduating, she has been teaching upper grades at a private school in North Carolina. Amy has had the opportunity to grow at her previous school through various leadership positions, co-teaching after school clubs, and creating a writing curriculum. However, earlier this year, Amy decided to leave North Carolina and fulfill her dream of living in Chicago. She is thrilled to be apart of the Bennett Day staff and is looking forward to a fantastic year!

Kari Camacho

Junior Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Kari Camacho is eager to begin her first year at Bennett Day as an Apprentice Teacher in a JK classroom. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood minor. She has 7 years of teaching experience in various early childhood settings which have solidified her passion for early childhood education. Before moving to Illinois from central Wisconsin, Kari worked in a Reggio Emilia inspired school; this experience altered her career path from traditional education to progressive. She is excited to gain more experience in a progressive school and enhance her understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She is especially looking forward to collaborating with colleagues and families at Bennett Day.

 

Heather Carlisle

Senior Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Heather Carlisle can’t wait to join the Bennett Day School faculty for the 2017-2018 school year.  She loved getting to know so many Bennett Day students in the spring of 2017 as a substitute and is looking forward to continuing to build relationships with Bennett Day families.

Heather is a graduate of Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College, and has extensive experience in environmental education.  As an educator in a variety of settings including nature centers and public schools, she has worked with kids of all ages and loves to encourage their natural sense of inquiry.  She is passionate about learning by exploring and is excited to discover new things alongside Bennett Day students this year.  

 

Clare Cunningham

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Clare is thrilled to be returning to the Bennett Day community as a PreK teacher this fall. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, she took a lead teacher position in a preschool three-year-old program in Chicago and has loved every minute of teaching for the past eight years. The value of exploration deeply influences Clare’s practice, as she truly sees children learn when exploring their environment. Allowing the time for children to deeply invest in explorations allows for a deeper understanding and discovery, and these are the moments when Clare has found it most rewarding to teach young children. After spending time in the classroom, Clare was inspired to continue her education at Erikson Institute, where she recently graduated in 2016 from Erikson Institute with a M.S. in Child Development.

Katie Gertler

First Grade Lead Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Katie is excited to be returning to Bennett Day School, looping with her class to First Grade. Katie has always had a passion for children and feels incredibly fortunate to have found her calling as a teacher. Prior to Bennett, she spent three years as a Second Grade Assistant Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago and has held numerous leadership/director roles at summer camps. While in college, Katie volunteered in several charter schools in New Orleans, furthering her devotion to education.

She graduated from Tulane University in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology and received her Masters’ in Elementary Education from DePaul University in March 2016. Katie grew up in downtown Chicago and is an alumna of the Latin School of Chicago. She looks forward to another fabulous year in a school that provides a progressive education through the exploration of our city while collaborating with the students, their families and the faculty at Bennett Day School.

Rebecca Gordon

Pre-Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Rebecca Gordon is joining the Bennett Day School after having a successful three years as a preschool Assistant Teacher at Catherine Cook School. She loves and enjoys surrounding herself with children, soaking up all the big and little lessons being around them can bring. Rebecca received her B.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in Children and Family Portraits. She not only uses these skills in and out of the classroom, but also uses her other artistic skills ranging from singing to painting. She found her passion for teaching preschoolers and a great desire to go into Early Childhood education after being in the classroom. She is so excited to be joining the Bennett Day community as Apprentice Teacher for Pre-K and to be on the road to progressive learning and cultivation.

Peter Granquist

Music Teacher

Cross-Campus

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Peter is thrilled to return for his second year at Bennett Day School, bringing his passion for helping students realize their creative potential.

Peter received his Bachelor of Arts degree in musicology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Moving to the vibrant progressive education community of San Francisco, Peter worked for 5 years as a 3rd grade teaching assistant at The San Francisco School while simultaneously being mentored in the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education.  After teaching music at various Bay Area schools, he spent the last 2 years establishing and growing a music program at The Presidio Knolls School, a mandarin immersion, Reggio Emilia-inspired independent school.  He has completed all three levels of the Orff Certification Course with the world-renowned teachers of the San Francisco International Orff Course.  Peter brings a joyful energy and a firm belief in Orff’s power to develop the mind and uplift the soul.  When not teaching, Peter gigs as a professional drummer and vocalist.

Yvonne Villafuerte

School Counselor and AfterCare Teacher

Cross-Campus

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Yvonne is happy to join Bennett Day as the School Counselor. She graduated from Erikson Institute in Chicago with a Masters in Child Development with a Specialization in Infancy and New Language Learning. Yvonne is passionate about working with children and families and specifically worked with bilingual families, children with autism, and other developmental delays. She has experience in various settings such as schools, daycares and parenting education classes, and has created and implemented early childhood curriculum and parenting workshops. Yvonne believes that family relationships play a critical role in a child’s development, and that collaborating with families directly impacts the progress the child makes. She feels that a child’s learning can be enhanced by incorporating therapeutic strategies into daily routines. Yvonne is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Nathan Gygar

First Grade Lead Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Growing up in and around Brisbane, Australia, Nathan had ample access to the great outdoors, making the natural surroundings a formative part of his own learning and lifestyle. After graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Leisure Management in 2003, Nathan went on to spend many years involved in community development organizations, events coordination and service related industries, while pursuing a personal passion for creative arts. During this time, Nathan’s work involved diverse groups of people with a variety of interests, backgrounds and cultures. It was when he moved to Thailand in 2011 that he discovered the rewards of teaching, completing a Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning in Early Years through the Association for Early Childhood Educators Singapore (AECES) in 2015.

Nathan has spent the last 6 years working in kindergarten classrooms. Following the creativity and curiosity of his students, he has a strong belief in the incorporation of physical exploration in spaces where children’s thinking can be visible. He continues to support children’s opportunities for inquiry based learning, drawn to the ideas and values fostered in progressive learning environments. Since arriving in Chicago in August of 2016, Nathan has remained engaged with educators moved by similar forces. Nathan is thrilled to become a member of our First Grade teaching team and ready to join in the community building that takes place at Bennett Day School.

Emily Homa

Junior Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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A native of the Chicagoland area, Emily received her B.A. from DePaul University and her M.S. in Child Development from Erikson Institute. She previously worked at a cooperative nursery school in Lincoln Park, and has most recently been the Assistant Director of a birth to 5 year old Early Head Start program in Evanston, IL. Emily has a breadth of experience in working with children of all abilities is passionate about facilitating the development of lifelong learners. A lover of both children and adult books, Emily enjoys watching the energy and excitement young children have surrounding books and stories. Watching the stories come to life in dramatic play or through artwork are truly her favorite classroom activities.

Emily still lives in Chicago and if she’s not out of town, you’ll find her spending time with her pup, Cassie or having dinner at a new downtown restaurant.

Nicolette Jackson

Assistant Director of Admissions

Flagship Campus

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Frances Judd

Early Childhood TESLab Teacher/Special Projects Leader

Cross-Campus

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Frances Judd teaches TESlab classes for early childhood students in PK, JK and SK grade levels. As Special Projects Coordinator of Bennett Day School, her work includes fostering student-inquiry projects, faculty innovation, and unique collaborations between Bennett Day School and other organizations such as Northwestern University’s TIDAL Lab (Tangible Interaction Design and Learning).

Frances Judd’s undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Art Education were completed at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon moving to Chicago she pursued training in K-1st literacy instruction at DePaul University, and then attended Erikson Institute for her graduate studies in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. Frances’ connections with Erikson Institute remain strong through her recent collaborations with the TEC Center at Erikson Institute and her founding of the Tangible Tech Collaborative.

Ms. Judd taught for over 25 years at Francis W. Parker School’s JK, and before that her work was primarily in SK, 4th Grade and roles of Curriculum Coordination. Frances Judd also served as a freelance designer/consultant with Playskool Toy Company, Arrow Toys, Hasbro Inc., and KBooM! Games (developing the iPad app series “Mrs. Judd’s Games”). Current research/advisory work includes “Osmo Coding,” “Osmo Coding Jam,” and new forms of computational literacy in the early years.

Naomi Kaplan

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Deeply committed to harnessing children’s natural curiosity while fostering and supporting their empathy and understanding of themselves and others, Naomi eagerly returns to the Bennett Day School team as a lead teacher. She believes in addressing all children’s individual needs and interests and strives to facilitate engaging and meaningful learning experiences through exploration and play.

Naomi is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C. where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance. After some time in the business and legal world, Naomi went on to pursue a degree that combined her true passions; children and education, obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from National Louis University. Previously, Naomi taught third and fourth grade in Chicago charter schools and spent five years as a preschool and Junior Kindergarten teacher at Sinai Preschool. Naomi’s energy and enthusiasm spreads to all children, as well as families, enabling her to develop strong relationships and establish a loving, safe, and thoughtful classroom environment that promotes social-emotional development.

David Kaplan

First Grade Apprentice Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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David joins Bennett Day School as an Apprentice this year, supporting Katie Gertler in her first grade classroom. As a graduate of Francis W. Parker School (1997), David is deeply versed in the dynamics of a progressive education. While as a father of three (Rex, Jasper, and Hazel), he brings a heightened sense towards the special responsibility of guiding students and communicating with their families. Throughout his life, David has worked with children as a coach, counselor, lecturer, and volunteer and now feels privileged to advance his passion for helping young people.

David received his Bachelor of the Arts degree in English from The University of Vermont. After working 15 years in the creative and financial fields, he is excited to share the lessons from his personal and professional experiences throughout the Bennett community. David is also proud to serve on the board at Illinois Humanities Council. When he is not teaching or changing diapers, David enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, reading, writing, and snowboarding.

 

Simon Lockwood-Bean

Senior Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Armed with a passion for exploration and discovery, Simon is delighted to be a part of the  team at Bennett Day School. With a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Elementary Education from DePaul University, Simon brings a unique and exciting perspective to Bennett Day.

As a native Chicagoan and product of a progressive education, Simon is a staunch proponent of the progressive learning approach. He believes that learning happens in a multitude of ways and that play is vital to children’s growth and development. Simon encourages his students to ask questions, investigate the world around them, and reflect on the process of finding solutions. He is thrilled to be part of a community that values a hands-on method of problem solving and employs the practices of Reggio Emilia.

Derry MacDermott

Junior Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Derry MacDermott is thrilled to be returning for his second year to Bennett Day School family as a JK Apprentice Teacher. He is a recent graduate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he studied Elementary Education and Theatre. Focusing both on the arts and education while in school, Derry developed a passion for introducing creativity through the arts in classrooms. He started working with a theatre company, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, in 2011 to help children develop a love for performing.

Derry was fortunate enough to be placed in many different grade levels throughout his college experience, but quickly learned that the early childhood classrooms were where he loved being. He is excited to learn from the families, faculty, and students at Bennett Day School and grow as an educator throughout the school year.

Eddie McClendon

Physical Education Teacher

Cross-Campus

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Eddie is excited to be returning to Bennett Day School  for his second year as the PE instructor. Eddie earned his B.A in Sports Journalism and Communications from Olivet College.

Passionate about sports and mentoring youth, Eddie decided to join a private school in Ann Arbor, MI after college as a lead instructor and after school mentor. In addition, he coached football and basketball for community leagues. Those positions fueled his interests and he decided to move to Chicago for greater opportunities to work with youth.

Following the move to Chicago, he accepted a position as a coordinator and coach for two CPS elementary schools. Eddie is thrilled about the opportunity to be a part of the Bennett Day School faculty and looks forward to working with the students, staff and parents this fall.

Amanda Meyer

Third Grade Apprentice Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Amanda is thrilled to return to Bennett Day School team as a third grade apprentice teacher. Amanda is a recent graduate of the Early Childhood Education/Special Education Master’s program at The University of Illinois at Chicago.

After working as a nanny in the Chicago area for years, and developing a passion for working with young children in early intervention, Amanda enrolled at UIC to pursue early childhood education as a career. Throughout her time at UIC, Amanda gained hands-on experience in PreK classrooms as well as the Chicago Public School system in all primary grades.  Amanda looks forward to the exciting challenges which take place in second grade, and her role in helping to provide a positive environment which promotes social emotional development and inquiry-based learning.

Celia Neidow

Front Office Administrator/Camp Coordinator/AfterCare Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Celia will be returning to the Bennett Day Early Childhood Campus as the Front Office Administrator, Summer Camp Coordinator and AfterCare Teacher.  Celia graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Intervention and a minor in Business Administration.  

Prior to joining Bennett Day School, Celia taught at CHALK Preschool and Bright Horizons Lakeview from 2008-2016 as a teacher and then later on as the Assistant Director and Education Coordinator.   Celia’s experiences with children are relevant, unique, and extensive.  She is extremely passionate about teaching children and places a high standard on helping each child learn and explore at their own pace.  She possess a positive understanding of children’s ideas, needs, and desires and enjoys the special bond she shares with each child.  In addition to administration, Celia will also be collaborating with Yvonne Gutierrez on Tuesdays and Fridays in our AfterCare program and Bennett & Beyond program at the Early Childhood Campus.  Celia is looking forward to meeting and building relationships with all the new and returning faculty and families of Bennett Day School.  Let’s make it a great year!

 

Shay Phee

Second Grade Lead Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Shay Phee is excited to be returning to the Bennett Day School family for her third year.  Shay’s first year at Bennett Day she was a Co-Lead Teacher in the First Grade classroom.  During Shay’s second year at Bennett Day, she experienced her first loop where she served as the Second Grade Lead Teacher with her existing class.  She is excited to be the Second Grade Lead Teacher again using her previous experience at this specific age group to further expand on the Reggio Emilia approach to education.

Shay graduated from National-Louis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Psychology.  Prior to joining the Bennett Day School team, Shay taught First Grade for six years and co-taught Science and Social Studies in 1st and Second Grade at a school with emphasis on ESL students.  Shay has been involved in helping execute summer programs that included, reading, math, science, art, and teaching the fundamentals soccer.  She also participated in school committees such Box Tops, BSF scholarship, and tutoring programs.  Shay’s accomplishments in the classroom were recognized with the 2012 Symetra Hero in the Classroom Award for Outstanding Leadership and Instructional Skills, presented in association with the Chicago Bears.

Shay’s passion for teaching includes instilling lifelong skills through social emotional development as well incorporating hands on activities that involve inquiry-based learning.  She is looking forward to another year of engaging with students to provide an enriched learning environment in a progressive school, meeting the individual needs of all students, collaborating with faculty, and developing relationships with families as well as the overall community.

Amber Powell

Junior Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Amber is a dedicated educator with a passion for children’s learning and care.  Amber has 13 plus years of experience with families and children.  Her experience has been in both educational and home environments, with children aged birth through second grade. Amber fell in love with working with children at a young age as she frequently visited her grandmother at the various schools she worked at as a Special Needs teacher before retiring.

Amber has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College. She also attended Lewis University, where she completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership. She is creative, enthusiastic and sensitive to children’s individual needs.  She believes that the quality of education and care a person receives in the early stages of life, is essential in bringing out that child’s potential and that all children should have access to quality learning and care. Amber is thrilled to join Bennett Day School and she looks forward to working with other passionate educators and families as well.

Ally Rindone

First Grade Apprentice Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Dedicated to the development and growth of tomorrow’s leaders, Allyson Rindone is grateful and enthused to join the Bennett Day School team in the First Grade classroom with her co-teacher.

Allyson grew up in Geneva Illinois, a West Chicago suburb. She received her degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The University of Alabama. She is dual certified to teach special education as well as general education. Most recently, she served the Batavia School District as a Special Education teacher. Allyson wrote Individualized goals, and Education Plans based on the unique learning styles of each student.  While Allyson’s experiences and education have prepared her well, she is committed to her ongoing education. Allyson looks forward to providing a collaborative, meaningful, interactive, and engaging environment for her students to thrive in.

Molly Simmons

Pre-Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Excited to use her passion for a Reggio Emilia, play-based learning experience, Molly is eager to join the faculty at Bennett Day. Molly found her love for Reggio education at Syracuse University’s child care center, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While spending a brief time in San Antonio, TX, Molly helped pilot one of the nation’s first city-funded preschool programs in the country. The challenge of working with the underserved community of San Antonio only deepened her love for quality, responsive education. In this time, Molly realized the importance of a social and emotional focus on preschool learning.

 

Molly is from the Finger Lakes of NY and has been living in Chicago for just over a year, most recently in Lakeview.. Molly can be found out running with her dogs at the lake and picnicking at movies in the park.

Katie Smulkstys

School Nurse

Flagship Campus

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Katie is very excited to be returning to Bennett Day School for her second year as a school nurse. Before joining Bennett Day, Katie was a school nurse at The Catherine Cook School for two years. She received her Master’s in Nursing from Rush University and has a passion for working with children and families. Her previous nursing experience includes working as a postpartum nurse at Rush University Medical Center and as a pediatric nurse at Northwestern Children’s Practice.

With school nursing, Katie believes she has certainly found her niche. She loves the challenge that is school nursing and the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of children and their families.

Carmen Suarez

Spanish Teacher

Cross-Campus

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Carmen is passionate about Second Language Acquisition and ways to provide plenty of comprehensible input. She feels it’s important to do so during her sessions so students rise steadily in confidence and proficiency. She has taught Spanish to children for 4 years and worked on refining the practice as a Lead Teacher and trainer of others teachers in a private school.

She brings a BA in Literary Studies from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, in her native Colombia, where she also studied photography, radio and television.  She applied her varied background to a multidisciplinary project for the Colombian Ministry of Culture by spending six weeks living with a tribe in the Amazon region. There she worked as a writer-recorder and photographer of the indigenous dietary traditions of that zone. At times she has done freelance text editing of Spanish documents. She is currently pursuing her Master of Teaching Spanish in the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ayesha Sumbal

Third Grade Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Campus

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Ayesha is thrilled to be joining the Bennett Day family as the 3rd grade lead teacher. Ayesha graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English; minor in Child Development, attended Eastern Michigan University for her elementary teaching certificate and received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She also holds her National Board Certificate in English As A New Language; Early and Middle Childhood.

Ayesha brings ten years of teaching experience with her to Bennett Day. She has taught in a variety of locations, as well as teaching contexts. She began her teaching career in Phoenix, Arizona where she spent five years teaching primarily 2nd and 5th grades. During this time, she also held an instructional coaching role in which she was able to collaborate with several  teachers district-wide on best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Her next teaching position took her to Shanghai, China. She spent two years focused on learning the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme at an American-style International School attended by children of expatriates. This is where Ayesha’s love for an inquiry-based, student-centered approach was realized. With a desire to repatriate back to the United States, Ayesha decided to return to the Midwest. She  worked at both The Ogden International School of Chicago and Darwin Elementary within the Chicago Public School System upon her return. She taught 4th and 5th grades during this time. Ayesha was charged with organizing the PYP Exhibition, the Primary Years Programmes’ culminating project for her 5th grade students. During this process, she realized the importance of a project-based teaching approach that heavily incorporates student interest.

Zak Thompson

TESLab Teacher

Cross-Campus

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Zak Thompson is excited to be joining Bennett Day School this fall in the Tinker and Engineering Sciences lab. After receiving a degree in political science from Illinois Wesleyan University and a time coaching youth sports and leading a community center for the Park District of Oak Park, Zak pursued a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was drawn to that program’s focus on urban, constructivist education with an emphasis on social justice.

Following UIC, Zak accepted a position at an elementary school in Chicago Public Schools. He has been a homeroom teacher for fourth and fifth grade, but found his true passion to be in the school’s technology lab. As an educational technology and IB Design teacher, Zak transformed a computer lab that was once simply a space for math facts and typing practice into a design lab and makerspace where students created, designed, sculpted, 3D printed, and more. Zak is thrilled to be joining a school where every classroom embraces creativity, encourages making, and rewards curiosity.

 

Sara Violante

Senior Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Flagship Campus

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Through a strong desire to provide children with a loving and caring environment to learn and play in, Sara joined the Bennett Day School team as an SK Teacher in fall of 2015. After looping with her children to First Grade last year, Sara is excited to be back in SK this year with a whole new group of students.

Sara is a graduate of Santa Clara University in Northern California where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. During this time, she worked at the University’s Daycare and Preschool center where she was an assistant teacher and helped provide meaningful experiences while learning alongside with her students. After graduating, she lived and worked as an Au Pair for a French family in Paris. While there she enjoyed travelling and spending time with the family she worked for. From her experiences, she realized her dream of becoming a teacher and moved back to Chicago in 2011. Soon after she enrolled at Erikson Institute and earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education with specializations in both ESL and Special Education learning.

Sara is looking forward to working with her co-teacher in the SK classroom, collaborating with her students and families and facilitating experiences that spark her students’ natural curiosities and inspire them to be lifelong learners.

Lisa Weber

Art Teacher

Cross-Campus

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Being raised by two artists that met at the American Academy of Art, Lisa always knew her journey in life would be an artistic one. Lisa attended five years at Columbia College in Chicago, where she studied art of several mediums and earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Art. Her interest in Art History lead her to pursue a minor in the subject while taking courses abroad in Florence, Italy.   Lisa went on to National Louis University and received her Masters of Art in Teaching. While at National Louis, she spent a year-long internship studying and practicing the teaching styles of Baker Demonstration School.

Since her time at National Louis, Lisa has been the art teacher for Holy Family School in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood. While teaching Kindergarten through 8th grade Art, she also runs an art based after school program, assists struggling students in a Saturday learning academy, and spends her summer with an Adventures in Learning program. Lisa will be continuing her work with Holy Family on days that she’s not getting messy in the art room with Bennett students.