Faculty Spotlight

New Faces at EA

We have a few new staff members that have yet to be introduced to the EA community. We are delighted to have the following three talented women on campus. Please extend a warm EA welcome to the following individuals:

Venessa Arnold begins her day as the assistant for Morning Extended Day and then moves on to assist with our morning Early Childhood class. She is a Bartlett High School graduate and holds a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo. Ms. Arnold has worked as a lead teacher or teacher assistant in early learning and childcare centers in Ohio, Arkansas, and Illinois.

Carla Sanchez joins us As the assistant for afternoon Early Childhood and Extended Day. Ms. Sanchez has extensive experience working with young children. Most recently she has been an open gym assistant for the Hanover Township After School program in Bartlett. She has also worked as a teacher assistant at two south Elgin Early Learning and Childcare facilities. She is a graduate of Larkin High school and is currently taking education classes at Elgin Community College

Rose Johnson will divide her time between two very important offices on campus. She is the administrative assistant for both the Admission Office and the Athletic Department. You can find her at the reception desk in the Rider Center 3rd Floor Lobby.  Ms. Johnson is well qualified for both positions with ten years of experience as an administrative assistant to a high school Athletic Director and five years of experience as an elementary school secretary.

New Faces at EA

We have a few new staff members that have yet to be introduced to the EA community. We are delighted to have the following three talented women on campus. Please extend a warm EA welcome to the following individuals: Venessa Arnold, Carla Sanchez, Rose Johnson

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Julie Janik
Middle School Social Studies, Language Arts, and Theater
Master of Arts, National Louis University 
Master of Arts, Bowling Green State University Master of Music, University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Music, University of Cincinnati 
"Middle school kids are a joy to teach. Their critical thinking skills and academic independence are just starting to blossom at this age, and they are contemplating topics and issues in new ways and at deeper levels."
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Elizabeth Stemn

Kindergarten Teacher
Bachelor of Arts, Minnesota State University-Moorhead

Kindergarteners find joy in the ordinary. It doesn't take much but a little encouragement and a smile to change a frown upside down or dry a tear.

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Jeff Martin

MS & US Videography
Bachelor of Arts, Franklin & Marshall College

"I love how kind the students are to one another at EA."

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Jessica Brown

Middle School English
Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York-Cortland
Master of Science, Nazareth College
Master of Arts, DePaul University

"By teaching and guiding students through basic skills, they are better able to take control of their learning."

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Amy Maly

Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor of Science, Illinois State University

"We can use our tools that we learned at a young age to celebrate success and work through challenges over the course of a lifetime."

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Doug Sept

Upper School Director & College Counselor
Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri
Master of Science, University of Kentucky

"There is a palpable sense of joy at Elgin Academy."

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Peggy Veltri

Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri
Master of Business Administration, Loyola University
Master of Arts in Teaching, National Louis University

"When we learn about things like the Silk Road in social studies, we don't just read about it, we take interactive journeys along it, trading as we go."

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Rick Williams

Director of Athletics and
Varsity Boys Head Basketball Coach
Bachelor of Arts, Judson University
Master of Science, Capella University

"By playing hard, having fun and getting better we let everyone know what it means to be a Hilltopper!"

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Heather Giebel

PS-8 Grade Music
Master of Music, New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music, University of Massachusetts

"I wouldn't want any child to miss out on a musical education."

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Jim Kidston

Technology Director, Upper School Computer Science
Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan
Master of Arts, University of Chicago
Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago

"My goal is to make myself unnecessary."

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Adeline Moon

4th Grade Teacher
Bachelor of Science at University of Illinois

"We have a Twitter page that allows the weekly student "Tweeter" to showcase what is going on in the classroom."

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