Our Incredible Staff

Our hiring process is in-depth and highly competitive. The result is a group of administrators, teachers, and integrated service providers who are not only extremely well-qualified, but who have the outstanding skills, enthusiasm and dedication needed to bring out the best in our students.
LD Specialists

The Learning Disability Specialists at HPDS are the facilitators of the learning environment. They co-teach with a team of educational specialists, regular education teachers, and professional artists. Together, they create an educational environment that fosters achievement, embraces diversity, and leads to students acquiring strategies for actualizing their potential.
We believe that co-teaching provides for a richer and more integrated educational experience for our students. At HPDS, regular education teachers, LD specialists and professional artists often work together. In addition, we offer consultation to regular education teachers to ensure a smooth transition for students returning to their home school.

Hyde Park Day School’s strength is directly related to the best-in-field quality of our faculty.

Pamela Adelman

Executive Director Emerita

Ph.D. Reading and Language Development, Northwestern University

M.A. Learning Disabilities, Northwestern University

B.S. History/Secondary Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Julie Barrera

Development Associate

M.A. Communication, Purdue University Northwest

B.A. Organizational Communication, Purdue University Northwest

Ashley Bean


M. Ed. in Elementary Education, Texas State University

M.S. in Exercise Science, Georgia State University

B.S. in Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

Janine Brown

Administrative Assistant

B.A. Human Social Services and Behavioral Studies, National Louis University

Meagan Boyle


Ed.D. Reading and Language, National Louis University

M.Ed. Special Education, Vanderbilt University

B.S.S.P. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern

Deirdre Byrne


M.A. Reading, Concordia University

B.A. in English/Education, University of Iowa

Mackenzie Carnow


M.Ed in Special Education, High Incidence Disabilities K-8, Vanderbilt University

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders; Psychology, Northwestern University

Marisa Churchill


M.A. Language, Literacy, Society and Culture, University of California, Berkeley

B.S. Secondary English Education, Indiana University

Patricia Clancy


M.A. Reading Specialist, Concordia University – River Forest

B.M. Music Education; Music Therapy, Wartburg College

Kelli Corkle


M.A. Learning Disabilities, Northwestern University

B.A. History, Northwestern University

Casey Crnich

Executive Director

Ed.D. Educational Leadership, National Louis University

M.A. Education, DePaul University

B.S. Special Education, Northern Illinois University

Carolyn Dean

Occupational Therapist

B.S. Occupational Therapy, St. Louis University

Lenore Deutsch

Social Worker

M.S.W. Social Work, Loyola University

B.S. Speech Pathology, Illinois State University

Casey Dwyer


B.S. Special Education and Elementary Education, Salve Regina University

Kathy Eslinger


M.A. Education, Literacy Specialist, DePaul University

B.S. Elementary Education, Spanish, Marquette University

Olivia Fairclough


M.A. Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities, Furman University

B.A. Elementary Education, Furman University

Laura Friedlander

Social Worker

M.S.W. Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.S. Physical and Health Education, University of Iowa

Jamie Friedman

Occupational Therapist

M.S. Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire

B.S. Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire

Sheridan Geller


M.A. Education, Antioch University Los Angeles
B.A. Government, Smith College

Jennifer Gilbert


M.S. Science Education, DePaul University

B.S. Special Education/Learning Behavior Specialist Certification, Northeastern Illinois University

Jessica Goldman


M.A. Secondary Education, University of Michigan

B.A. Classics, Grinnell College

Abbey Greenburg

Transition Specialist

M.S. Education, Language Literacy and Specialized instruction, DePaul University

B.A. Developmental Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Evan Hammontree

Chicago Principal

M.A. Educational Supervision and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.A. Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University

B.A. Psychology, Alma College

Jade Henchel


M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Olivet Nazarene University

LBS1 Certificate, St. Francis University

B.S. in Elementary Education, Trinity Christian College

Lynn Hiatt

Administrative Assistant, Northfield Campus

Heidi Holladay


M.A. Curriculum and Teaching, Michigan State University

B.A. Elementary Education, Michigan State University

Laura Holton


M.Ed. Reading and Learning Disabilities, DePaul University

B. A.  Communicative Disorders, University of New Mexico

Sarah Imboden

Instructional Coach

M.Ed. Technology in Education, National Louis University, Chicago

B.S. Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities, Southeast Missouri State

Therese Jilek

Director of Technology

M.E. Educational Computing, Cardinal Stritch University

B.S. Elementary Education, University of Illinois, Champaign

Nancy Kamin


M.Ed. in Language and Literacy, University of St. Francis

LBS1 Certificate, University of St. Francis

B.S. in Elementary Education, National-Louis University

Tricia Kanellopoulos


M.A. Special Education, National-Louis University

B.A. Psychology, Loyola University

Gloria Konrad


M.A.T. Elementary Education, National-Louis University

B.S. Communication Studies, Northwestern University

Julie Koors

Speech Language Pathologist

M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Miami University of Ohio

Zehava Krauss

Speech/Language Pathologist

M.S. Speech & Language Pathology, Brooklyn College

B.A. Speech & Language Pathology, Brooklyn College

Kathryn Lamermayer

Social Worker

MSW, LSCSW University of Illinois, Chicago

BS Child Development and Family Studies, Northern Illinois University

Tracy Loland


Professional Educators License, Elementary Education, Northeastern Illinois University

M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, Loyola University

B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, DePaul University

Dana Long


B.S. Elementary Education, Illinois State University

Margaret Lu


M. Ed. DePaul University

B.A. Psychology, Pitzer University

Heather Martin

PE Teacher

B.A. Communication, Northern Illinois University

Maureen McCarthy

Director of Development

M.S. Human Services Administration, Spertus Institute

B.S. Music Therapy, Illinois State University

Carly McKeague

Assistant Principal

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University

M.S. in Learning Disabilities, Northwestern University

B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, Northeastern University

Bridget McKenna


M.S. School Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

B.A. Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Katy Mellon


B.Ed. Elementary Education, University of British Columbia

B.A. Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia

Caren Miller

Art Teacher

B.S. Communication, Bradley University

Melanie Mitra

Northfield Principal

C.A.S. Supervision and Administration, National Louis University

M.Ed. Reading and Learning Disabilities, DePaul University

B.A. History, University of Missouri

Tara Montgomery

Instructional Coach

M.A. Learning Disabilities, Northwestern University

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Jerimiah Murray


M.Ed. in Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.S. in Education, Eastern Illinois University

Shawnee Newsome


M.A. Educational Leadership, National Louis University

M.A. Elementary Education, Concordia University

Advanced Certificate, Child Development, Chicago City Colleges

B.S. History, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Maria Pappas

Occupational Therapist

M.S. Occupational Therapy, Rush University

B.A. Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bobbie Pasquesi


M.A. Elementary Education, National-Louis University

B.S. Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago

Jessica Phelan

Admissions Director

M.Ed. in Urban Education, National Louis University

B.A. in Elementary and Special Education, Elon University

Audrey Resnick

Speech/Language Pathologist

M.S. Communicative Disorders, California State University, Northridge

B.A. Speech & Performing Arts, Northeastern Illinois University

Jenice C. Reyes

Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Saint Louis University

M.A. Learning Disabilities, Saint Xavier University

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders and minor in Psychology, Saint Louis University

Chris Rinchich

Art Teacher

B.S. Art, Illinois State University

Becca Rosenbaum


M.Ed. Special Education, University of Illinois

B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois

Jessica Schepers


B.A. Foreign Language and Elementary Education, Roger Williams University

Sarah Scheurich

Speech/Language Pathologist

M.A. Educational Leadership, Concordia University Chicago

M.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders , Illinois State University

B.S. Speech Language Pathology, Illinois State University

Ralph Schwartz

Social Worker

M.S.W. Social Work, Hunter College

B.A. Elementary Special Education, Brooklyn College

Simone Serbin Knowlden


M.S. Early Childhood and Special Education

B.S. Speech Language Pathology, Elmhurst College

Veronica Shenault-Williams

Administrative Assistant, Chicago Campus

Lisa Skiba


M.A.T. Type 03 Certification, Special Education Endorsement (LBS1), National-Louis University

M.B.A. General Management, University of Michigan

M.S.W. Community Organization, University of Michigan

B.A. International Economic Development, University of Michigan

Lisa Skrzypczynski


M.Ed. Reading Specialist, National Louis University

B.S. Special Education, Northern Illinois University

Rachel Slutsky-Kaplowitz

Social Worker

M.S.W. Interpersonal Practice with Children and Families, University of Michigan

B.A. Psychology and Education, Barnard College, Columbia University

Jay Alan Smith

Lemont Principal

M.S. Educational Administration, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

B.A. Elementary Education and Theatre Arts, Beloit College

Alex Sniegowski

Occupational Therapist

M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Governors State University

B.A. in Psychology, Carthage College

Mary Sullivan


M.A. Special Education, Coaching and Academic Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

B.A. Anthropology, Southern Illinois University

Dina Vatcha

Occupational Therapist

B.H.S. Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri – Columbia

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Missouri – Columbia

Pam Weichselbaum

Transition Specialist

M.S.W. Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

Graduate Certificate, Teaching Students with ASD, University of Northern Colorado

B.A. Psychology, St. Mary’s University

Aimee Weiss


M. Ed. Special Education, National Louis University

B.S. Elementary Education, Bradley University

Matt Zakosek


M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

M.A.T. Elementary Education, National-Louis University

B.A., Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

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