January: Mr. McGuire
I am excited and honored to be recognized as the January Teacher of the Month! The staff at Bateman is truly a family and I am fortunate to be a part of it.
Although I was born in Florida, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with my twin brother and older sister. I attended Illinois State University where I obtained my teaching degree with a concentration in Special Education. My career as a Chicago Public Schools' teacher began in the Little Village neighborhood where I taught 7th and 8th graders.
Five years later, I had the opportunity to join the staff at Bateman. Over the past two school years, I've had the incredible opportunity to support eighth grade students and their families. One phrase that we like to keep in mind in 8th grade is, "Practice Makes Better," because none of us are perfect, but we can always try to be and do better.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading new books, spending time with my family and friends, and being active. I am currently reading Michael Vey: Rise of Elgen, My favorite spot to vacation is a cabin in Michigan surrounded by nature, and my favorite work out right now is playing Friday morning basketball at Bateman School.
November: Ms. Nubel
I am thrilled to be recognized as November's teacher of the month! I love working at Bateman because I truly feel our community lives by our core values. This is my second year at Bateman and I feel so lucky to work with amazing colleagues and students every day.
I was born in Illinois but grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. I moved back to Illinois to pursue a college education and graduated from Loyola University with certifications in general education, special education, and ESL. Now I live in Albany Park, so I get to walk to school and see some of my students along the way.
This year I've had the opportunity to work alongside my amazing co-teachers to support 4th and 5-graders in math. I never thought I would grow up to be a math teacher because it was really hard for me in school, but now I love teaching it!
When I'm not teaching, I like to travel and spend time with my friends and family. I also am a debate instructor in the summer, which is something I've been doing since I was in high school.
October: Ms. Woods
I am so honored to be Bateman’s October Teacher of the Month! Being a part of the Bateman staff has been a joy and I have learned so much from my colleagues over the last two years.
Before moving to Chicago, I attended Clemson University where I earned a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. After graduating, I began substitute teaching at the school where my mom worked. I realized there the importance of providing equal access to education and decided to become a teacher. In order to further my education, I moved to Chicago to pursue a Masters Degree in Special Education. Since my move, I have fallen in love with the great city of Chicago and the opportunities, diversity, and culture it offers.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time outdoors, visiting family and friends, and traveling to different countries. I have loved my time at Bateman and am looking forward to a great year with my great students!
March: Ms. Gage
February: Ms. Kronthal
I am so excited to be recognized as Bateman Elementary’s February Teacher of the Month. I have had the pleasure of being a teacher of diverse learners at Bateman for the past three years. I love teaching at Bateman, and I love the Bateman students who continue to motivate me to be a better teacher each day.
Through my time at Bateman, I have developed a great passion for teaching reading. My passion has motivated me to pursue a certification in the Wilson Reading System, which is a multi-sensory, research based, intensive reading intervention. After a year of study and practice, I am now a qualified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, and I am so grateful that Bateman afforded me this opportunity. It is great to be able to apply what I have learned each day to help my students improve their reading ability.
Prior to teaching at Bateman Elementary, I taught in both New York and New Jersey public schools since 2008. In 2014, I received a Master of Science in Teaching for Special Education from Fordham University. However, I am certified in both general education and special education.
Since I joined the Bateman Family, my life has changed quite a bit. I have gotten married, and we moved into our first home. In my free time, I listen to audiobooks, cook, and spend time with my husband.
January: Ms. Slota
I am so honored to be nominated for Bateman’s Teacher of the Month. Bateman has been my home for all of my 18 years in teaching. In those years, it has been my pleasure to have taught Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade. I have seen students grow, graduate, and return to visit as adults. It has been incredibly rewarding to see our students evolve and our school flourish.
Like many, I went through a few college majors before choosing education. I realized that all my volunteer work was in education. I tutored juvenile inmates working toward their GED; I coached writing for high school students; and I taught water skills at my local Chicago Park District. It was clear that education has always been my calling.
I found my family here at Bateman and they have been with me through my life milestones. I wed my best friend and became a mother of three. Brooke is 11 years old, Reese is 8, and Dylan is 6. All of my children attend a CPS school. I am a proud public school teacher and believe in public education.
I am so honored to be chosen for Bateman's December Teacher of the Month! This is my 3rd year at Bateman and I love how the community really makes me feel like part of the family. I grew up in Southern Illinois and went to school for Elementary Education and Special Education. I knew in high school that I wanted to be a teacher and work with students who had unique challenges when it comes to learning. I taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at my first teaching job in Arizona and fell in love with teaching older students. After my husband and I moved back to Chicago, I searched far and wide for the perfect school and found Bateman. I started Bateman teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in a variety of subjects. I continue to love working with middle school and this year I am able to spend most of my time teaching Math (My favorite!).
I love working with all kinds of students and creating engaging activities that are accessible for all of our students. I am also currently working on getting my English as a Second Language endorsement from Northeastern University. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, friends, family, and our three cats. I also love being outside, playing board games, and the occasional puzzle.
November: Mrs. Lucien
I am honored to be nominated as November's Teacher of the Month. I have never wanted to be anything other than a teacher, and it is a privilege to do so at Bateman School. I was inspired to be a teacher by my grandmother and two of my aunts who were teachers, as well as several special teachers that made a difference in my life.
I grew up in rural, central Illinois and graduated from both Lincoln Christian College and the University of Illinois in Springfield. I completed my graduate studies in bilingual and bi-cultural education at Chicago State University. This is my 13th year teaching at Bateman Elementary School and my 14th year teaching. I taught in a 3rd grade classroom for 11 years, and this is my 3rd year teaching 1st grade. I love working with English language learners, as well as learning new languages. I speak English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, and I hope to begin learning French soon!
Over the years, it has been my pleasure to coach volleyball and softball, lead the ballroom dance team, and teach in a variety of after school programs. I truly enjoy being a part of the Bateman community.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially my husband and two children, ages 4 years and 20 months.
September: Ms. McKeague
June: Ms Mcknight and Ms. Sorkin
I was born and raised on the west-side of Chicago and was the youngest of four. I attended Siena High School and received my bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University awhile receiving my Master's Degree from Northern Illinois University .
I have been an educator for 38 years. I taught Adult Continuing Education for 6 years at Olive Harvey and Kennedy King College.
I have taught here at Bateman for 31 years and have had the esteemed pleasure of teaching grades: 1st, 4th (gifted), 5th, 6th, presently 7th grade.
Throughout my years here at Bateman, I have had the opportunity to accomplish the following:
· I was the cheerleading coach for approx. 5 years.
·I have had the opportunity to promote literacy, by allowing the 4th grade students to pretend to have a pseudo camping trip in the auditorium. (2001-2013).This annual event was featured in the CPS Newsletter.
·Started the annual 4th grade Entrepreneur Business Fair. (2001-2013).
· I was the Music Director for the 8th graduation for 3 years.
· I started the Bateman Theatrical Dance Ensemble; students would perform in 3-4 assemblies, along with one spring show in the evening. (2001-2013).
· I was nominated the DRIVE Award, by my colleagues
In 2001, my only child died. He was a victim of gun-violence. He was 20 years of age. God has blessed me throughout my entire teaching career, allowing me to make an impact on the lives of many other children. I have had the honor of coming in contact with over 30,000+ kids and young adults to help fill that void of my loss. I have strived to instill within them that they, too, are lifelong learners and can be successful in their future endeavors.
It saddens me think that this will be my last year here at Bateman. You will truly be missed!!!
Teacher Of The Month