Meet Ancona’s Faculty and Staff

We are an inspired team of committed individuals who work hard to make the Ancona School an extraordinary educational experience. We believe that passion has no textbook and neither does life. We continuously look for cutting-edge thinking and best practices in education to keep Ancona fresh, relevant and inspired. Just like our students, we allow curiosity and collaboration to lead us towards our goals and critical decision making. We too strive to never lose the power of thinking critically and creatively – truly inspired by the genius of the children who enter our doors each day!

Administration


Angie Martinez
Assistant Director of Institutional
Advancement
773.924.2356 Ext. 223
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Ari Frede, Head of School
Ari Frede
Head of School
773.924.2356 Ext. 237
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Bonnie Wishne, Head of the Ancona School - Emertia
Bonnie Wishne
Head of School - Emerita
773.924.2356 Ext. 222
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Elaine Wackerly
Director of Institutional Advancement — External Affairs
773.924.2356 Ext. 226
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John Peña
Facilities Manager
773.924.2356 Ext. 220
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Jerome Shannon
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs
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Jon Stoper
Director of Technology
773.924.2356 Ext. 228
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Laurie Ortega-Murphy
Marketing and Communications Manager
773.924.2356 Ext. 224
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Mary Nwabueze
Staff Accountant
773.924.2356 Ext. 247
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Melanie Ahmad
Interim Director of Admissions and Enrollment
773.924.2356 Ext. 227
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Nancy Nassr
Assistant Head of School
773.924.2356 Ext. 253
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Patricia Erington
Business Manager
773.924.2356 Ext. 229
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Quierra Stuckey
Executive Assistant to the Head of School
773.924.2356 Ext. 236
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Rachel Esser
Technology Support Specialist
773.924.2356 Ext. 239
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Reginald Walker
Director of Finance and Operations
773.924.2356 Ext. 238
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Taffener Smith
Office Assistant
773.924.2356 Ext. 221
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Faculty


Angela Ford
Art, Primary Grades
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Bert Rice
Assistant Teacher, 3rd / 4th Grade
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Chris Weber
Outdoor Learning Educator
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Christina Kuszewski Rouches
Head Teacher, World Language Middle School; 7th/8th Grade Advisor; Middle School Dean
773.667.1015
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Christiane Westhelle
Head Teacher, World Language K-4th Grade
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Elizabeth Bruner
Head Teacher, 5th / 6th Language Arts and Social Studies
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Elizabeth Hamlett
Music
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Ellen Cole
Head Teacher, Early Childhood
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Heather Black-Alexander
Head Teacher, 3rd / 4th Grade
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Ivan Rice
Assistant Teacher, 1st / 2nd Grade
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Jacki Neistat
Dean of Student Services
773.924.2356 Ext. 248
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Jane Paha
Head Teacher, Early Childhood
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Janet Gray-McKennis
Head Teacher, 3rd / 4th Grade
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Janet Musich
Art, Middle School
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Jenny Hempel
Head Teacher, 1st / 2nd Grade
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John Zurbrigg
Assistant Teacher, 1st / 2nd Grade
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Kathy Yates
Learning Specialist
773.924.2356 Ext. 245
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Katrina Pommerening
Head Teacher, 7th / 8th Grade Mathematics & Science
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LaJuanda Arnold
Head Teacher, 1st / 2nd Grade
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Liz Iverson
7th/8th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies
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Marsha Stewart
Librarian
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Mary Wickramasekera
Assistant Teacher, Early Childhood
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Moira Geary
Assistant Teacher, Early Childhood
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Myriam Guillen
Head Teacher, Early Childhood
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Peggy Malone
Head Teacher, Early Childhood
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Rachel Bomher
Learning Specialist
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Scott Roberts
Assistant Teacher, 3rd / 4th Grade
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Sylvia Glassco
Head Teacher, 5th / 6th Grade Mathematics and Science
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Tayé Brown
Physical Education
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Tony Gleason
School Counselor
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Wayne 'Mr. B' Baldwin
General & Instrumental Music
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Yolita Ray
Assistant Teacher, Early Childhood
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