D64 celebrates 2018-19 career milestones for staff members

D64 celebrates 2018-19 career milestones for staff members

As the 2018-19 school year draws to a close, School District 64 is celebrating career milestones of 48 teachers and staff members.

District 64 announced the retirements of 21 staff members, including two with 35 or more years of service to District 64.

“Saying good-bye to dedicated staff members who have devoted their time and talent to making District 64 a District in which children are engaged learners is never easy,” according to Superintendent Laurie Heinz.

“Each year, as we say goodbye to another group of high quality educators and staff members, we extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for their years of service and devotion to our students, schools and their colleagues. On behalf of the Board of Education and my administrative team, I wish them all the joy, laughter, rest and wanderlust a retirement journey should include. While this group of professionals will be missed, we wish them all the best,” Dr. Heinz added.

District 64 also honored 18 staff members who have attained 25 years of service, including one who is also retiring.

In addition, Board of Education members at the May 20, 2019 meeting honored 10 teachers who achieved tenure. According to the Illinois School Code, a teacher is considered probationary for the first four years they work full-time in a district.

“We strive to attract, engage and retain educators who will work to meet the needs of all learners,” Dr. Heinz pointed out.

“Through our mentoring program, their engagement in professional development, informal classroom visits and formal observations conducted throughout a four-year probationary period, these talented educators have demonstrated that they meet District 64’s high expectations for instructional rigor, advocacy for students, and professionalism. We couldn’t be more proud to welcome them to our tenured teacher ranks,” she announced.

The staff members reaching career milestones this year include:

Carpenter School

  • Tamara Fehrman – 25 years of service, 2nd grade teacher
  • Barbra Kronborg-Mogil – retirement, Learning Resource Center assistant, 18 years of service to District 64
  • Maribeth Mancuso – retirement, teacher assistant, 16 years of service to District 64
  • Kevin Michael – tenure, Instructional Technology Coach
  • Harley Tom – 25 years of service, physical education teacher
  • Matthew Toren – 25 years of service, 4th grade teacher

Educational Service Center (ESC)

  • Allison Blum – (also Jefferson School) retirement, District Web Technologist, 20 years of service to District 64
  • Walter Gansz – 25 years of service, District maintenance worker
  • Bernadette Tramm – retirement, Public Information Coordinator, 13 years of service to District 64

Emerson Middle School

  • Curtis Clay – retirement, custodian, 18 years of service to District 64
  • Katherine Contreras – tenure, Library Information Specialist
  • Annamarie Donato – 25 years of service, intervention teacher
  • Nancy Golbeck – 25 years of service, family and consumer science teacher
  • Pamela Zasky – 25 years of service, foreign language teacher
  • Carol Zydek – retirement, math teacher, 21 years of service to District 64

Field School

  • Liliana Bran – 25 years of service, teacher assistant
  • Sally Ann Civinelli – retirement, special education teacher, 24 years of service to District 64
  • Michelle Fiore-Cwiertniak – 25 years of service, Channels of Challenge teacher
  • Jeanne Gibbons – retirement, 2nd grade teacher, 20 years of service to District 64
  • Suzanne Herguth – 25 years of service, 4th grade teacher
  • Claire Kirchner – tenure, 5th grade teacher
  • Jacqueline Mayer – tenure, foreign language teacher
  • Michael O'Malley – 25 years of service, intervention teacher
  • Jocelyn Ortiz – tenure, psychologist

Franklin School

  • Carole Cirillo – retirement, special needs teacher assistant, 14 years of service to District 64
  • Julie Dinverno – tenure, 5th grade teacher
  • Donna Hapeman – retirement, teacher assistant, 17 years of service to District 64
  • Laura Mabrito – 25 years of service, 1st grade teacher

Jefferson School

  • Lynne Bonahoom – 25 years of service, teacher assistant
  • Therese Dieschbourg – retirement, health assistant, 28 years of service to District 64
  • Nancy Jensen – retirement, speech language pathologist teacher, 26 years of service to District 64
  • Ellaine Kiriluk– retirement, speech language pathologist teacher, 23 years of service to District 64
  • Diane Kosinski – retirement, speech language pathologist teacher, 20 years of service to District 64
  • Paula Levin – retirement, extended day kindergarten assistant, 35 years of service to District 64
  • George Ludkowski – retirement, custodian, 6 years of service to District 64

Lincoln Middle School

  • Robert Barker – 25 years of service, physical education teacher
  • Mary Condon – 25 years of service, social worker
  • Brian Jacobi – retirement, instrumental music teacher and Curriculum Specialist for instrumental music, 29 years of service to District 64
  • Tim Moore – retirement, industrial technology teacher, 18 years of service to District 64
  • Michelle Wasilewski – tenure, science teacher

Roosevelt School

  • Christina Botsis – tenure, special education teacher
  • Margaret Figgins – 25 years of service, kindergarten teacher
  • David Mabrito – 25 years of service, custodian
  • Lauren McTague – tenure, 4th grade teacher

Washington School

  • Keith Engeriser – tenure, physical education teacher
  • Pat Jasinowski – 25 years of service and retirement, building technologist
  • Kathryn Lucas – retirement, 1st grade teacher, 18 years of service to District 64
  • Henry Mryczko – retirement, custodian, 40 years of service to District 64