Our 2018-2019 Teachers and Schools

We welcome our 2018-2019 teachers to Pilot Light and thank them for their commitment to making food education a priority for their students:

Ashburn Community Elementary School, Ashburn
Principal: Ms. Jewel Ann Diaz
Lisa Hackett
Peggy Hooker
Letitia Scott
Miisha Smith

Bass Elementary School, West Englewood
Principal: Ms. Carolyn Jones
Carmella Boyd
Robin Cosey
Judith Hill
Nicole Kerr
Raven Redmond
Ariana Seals
Courtney Smith

Burke Elementary School, Washington Park
Principal: Ms. Lauren Norwood
Jakil Hill-Turner
Hohn Idlas
Latiya Mcgee

Claremont Academy Elementary School, West Englewood
Principal: Ms. Mary Beth Padezanin-Zonca
Kell Fortenberry
Tara Gaud
Beverly Nunn
Kiana Shaw

Disney II Magnet, Kedvale Campus, Old Irving Park
Principal: Ms. Kathleen Speth
Bonnie Hoffman
Judith Martin
Kathryn Noggle

UCharter Charter-Donoghue, Bronzeville
Director: Ms. Erin Gilmore Slack
Corinthian Bethel
Arnell Thompson
Donyale Wallace

Earle STEM Elementary School, West Englewood
Principal: Mr. Cederral Petties
Diann Johnson
Mellanie Redmond
Deborah Riddle
Phillip Sanders
Erin Schave
Shugg Selvie-Norment

Mitchell Elementary School, West Town
Prinicipal: Ms. Nicole Milberg
Becky Benkiser
Laura Kautz
Annemarie Strom Robinovitz
Alicia Schoenbeck
Erich Somen

The Montessori School of Englewood, Englewood
Prinicipal: Ms. Rita Nolan
Maria Barksdale
Kathy Burgess-Lowery
Edith Glenn
Kathy Tsang
Caleb Wagner

Morill Math & Science Elementary School, West Englewood
Principal: Mr. Martin Anderson
Tamika Hutchinson-Mahone
Tiffany Parson
Kyna Simpson
Hortensia Smekal

Ray Elementary, Hyde Park
Principal: Ms. Megan Thole
Cynthia Annorh
Vicki Drewa
Chandra Garcia
Stacy Horgan
Eleni Lemberis
Abby Markert
Eleanor Sweeney
Mikrya Toney-James

Smyth Elementary School, University Village
Prinicipal: Dr. Ronald Whitmore
Alicia Alvelo
Debra Ellis
Aileen Lopez
Amanda Martin
Ann Mcghee
Casey McGuire
Linda Sudduth

2016-2017 Cohort at the Pilot Light Institute

Pilot Light celebrates the work of its inaugural cohort of teachers and thanks them for their commitment to bringing food education to their students.

Mr. Nana Amponsah, 4th Grade

“I wish to empower students with knowledge of their culture’s cuisine.”

Ms. Maria Barksdale, 4th-6th

"I want my students to make and advocate for healthier food choices."

Mrs. Myriah Brown-Rivera, 5th Grade

“I feel an obligation to help my students develop a positive relationship with food.”

Ms. Meghan Dolan, 3rd Grade

“I want to give my students the opportunity to embrace food education and I want to expand my own thinking about how food relates to curriculum.”

Ms. Vickie Drewa, 4th Grade

“I want my students to understand that food not only provides nutrition, but also a communal experience and has emotional/spiritual meaning.”

Ms. Debra Ellis, 5th Grade

“I hope that my students will learn how to make better choices about food and then be able to advocate for what they want and need.”

Ms. Kristie Friar, 5th Grade

“I want my students to gain deeper appreciation for cultures other than their own.”

Mrs. Chandra Garcia-Kitch, 3rd Grade

“I want to help my students understand how food choices impact their lives daily and in the future.”

Ms. Jamie Knight, 4th-6th Grade

“I want my students to view food as a cultural vehicle, scientific tool, and a piece of history.”

Ms. Eleni Lemberis, 5th Grade

“I want to raise students’ food awareness and knowledge of food/nutrition, food industry, and practices, and have them use this information in their lives.”

Mrs. Aileen Lopez, 3rd Grade

“I want my students to know how they can make a difference in their own lives as well as others by becoming more knowledgeable about health and nutrition and what they can do to bring healthy foods to their community.”

Ms. Amy Peterson, Instructional Coach

“I want our students to experiment with food and make healthy choices, both at home and at school.”

Ms. Amina Sayeed, 4th-6th Grade

“I hope my students will learn to enrich their lives and connect to others through food.”

Mrs. Alicia Peshel-Schoenbeck, 4th Grade

“I want my students to learn about more ways to make healthy food choices.”

Mr. Erich Somen, 4th Grade

“I want my students to learn that they themselves can make a positive change- not just for themselves but also for their communities.”

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