Homer 33C Mentoring teams honored for hard work, dedication

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Feb. 2, 2017


Mentoring teams honored for hard work, dedication

Gather for mid-year celebration

Mentoring teams gather for a mid-year celebration at Hadley Middle School on Jan. 31.



Hard work and dedication were honored this week as Homer School District 33C hosted a mid-year celebration for its mentoring teams.

Hadley Middle School teacher and mentor Wendy Pangrazio introduces her mentee, Heather Martello, a sixth-grade teacher at the school.


Teachers gathered in the Multi-Purpose Room at Hadley Middle School on Jan. 31 to reflect on their accomplishments and share examples of their innovative work.


“Thank you for your hard work and dedication,” Kathleen Robinson, assistant superintendent for instruction, told the group of 78 teachers and staff members.


When the district hires a new teacher or staff member, the new employee is immediately teamed up with a mentor who offers guidance, support and assistance throughout the school year and beyond.


The mentoring teams meet weekly, discussing everything from goal setting and lesson planning to classroom management and communicating with staff, students and families.


Paired at the schools this year are:

Homer School District 33C teachers and staff members reflect on their accomplishments this year during a mentoring celebration at Hadley Middle School on Jan. 31.

Homer Junior High School

  • Maxine Pavlovich and Deb Fleming, 7th grade science
  • Sarah Collins and Diane Blaskey, 7th grade math
  • Alexis Hirsch and Jackie Clarke-Sigel, Instructional
  • Keith Decker and Kelly Zurek, Instructional
  • Sawsan Jaber and Sara Devenney, 7th grade reading
  • Caroline Risum and Shannon Schroeder, 8th grade reading
  • Erin Sagon and Mallory Bazant, 8th grade math
  • Christine Janssen and Lora Kocanda, READ 180
  • Colleen Crabbe and Karen Musial, Special Education


Hadley Middle School

  • Katie Bevering and Jadwiga Kaminska, 6th Special Ed
  • Jamie Bouche and Jenny Donohue, 5th/6th Special Ed
  • Kaleen DeFilippis and Danielle Evans, 5th grade
  • Matthew Hull and Craig Crafton, 6th grade
  • Heather Martello and Wendy Pangrazio, 6th grade
  • Matthew Muir and David Rush, 5th ELA
  • Dawn Scuderi and Kelly Klosak, Library Media
  • Cortny Yanowsky and Jon Grill, 5th/6th Special Ed
  • Sarah Brusokas and Katie Coopman, Special Ed
  • Michelle Biciste and Carol Dicksen, 5th/6th grade


Butler School

  • Jaclyn Crawford and Jarid Dyal, PE
  • Kathleen Gorecki and Eileen Schulz, 2nd grade
  • Teri Fisch and Sandy Parus, TPI


Goodings Grove School

  • Stacey Schmeckpeper and Daniel Gilbert, 3rd grade
  • Janet Peters and Mary Ellen Ferguson, Reading
  • Heidi Van De Voort and Tammie Ebel, Music
  • Rosalie Leitelt and Dorota Stasik, TPI


Schilling School

  • Brittany Bartosz and Tasha Ohotzke, 3rd grade
  • Ashley Nelson and Alisha Neil, 4th grade
  • Kristen Rekruciak and Terri Pellizzari, 2nd grade
  • Katherine Sisto and Chrissy Murphy, TPI
  • Ed Malley and Carrie Jermolowicz, TBE
  • Michelle McNulty and Jessica Schweers, 1st grade


Young School

  • Jordana Fink and Ellen Buckley, 4th grade
  • Taylor Ketelaar and Elyse Maloney, 4th grade
  • Leah Rarick and Karen Kraynak, 3rd grade
  • Jennifer Kohler and Juli Reiniche, EC
  • Raquel Purpura and Julie Reiniche, EC
  • Allison McCann and Stephanie Wierenga, 3rd grade
  • Kari Olson and Lisa Estes, 3rd grade


The mentoring teams meet regularly for two years, but often continue to collaborate on a less frequent basis as their careers progress and challenges arise.


Additional support is offered at each school through Head Mentors, who serve as the backbone to the district’s mentoring program.


The district’s Head Mentors are: Kim Littmann at Homer Junior High; Wendy Pangrazio at Hadley School; Sandy Parus at Butler School; Daniel Gilbert at Goodings Grove School; Chrissy Murphy at Schilling School; and Ellen Buckley at Young School.


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