• Science / CTE Department

    (Engineering and Auto)

     

    Mission Statement

     Embrace Your Curiousity By Questioning Everything You Observe

     

Mr. Alexander Aschoff

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Mr. Alexander Aschoff

Mr. Alexander Aschoff began his teaching career here at Proviso East in August of 2004.  He is certified to teach Chemistry and Physics.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry Education from Illinois State University and he earned his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University of Chicago.  He has coached the Wrestling and Golf Teams.  He was the a former sponsor for the Rock Club and the National Honor Society.  Mr. Aschoff currently serves as the Science / CTE Department Chair as well as the Empower Liaison and Mastery Connect Specialist.  His goal is to expose students to the amazing wonders that science brings to our everyday lives through fun and challenging experiences.  Embrace your curiosity by questioning everything you observe.

Mr. Aschoff resides in Lombard with his lovely wife and three children.  As a family they love to travel and their favorite spots involve water and lots of sun.  Mr. Aschoff has traveled to 45 different states and several provinces of Canada.  His favorite thing to do (other than chemistry experiments with fire) is to ride one of his two motorcycles anywhere with a road. 

Ms. Cathy Hillegonds

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Ms. Cathy Hillegonds

I have taught in the science department for three years at Proviso. Proviso East is a school with a long and interesting history. I have been lucky to teach a wonderful group of students whose curiosity and excitement makes coming to work each day a pleasure.

In addition to teaching biology and chemistry I have had the opportunity to sponsor Ecology Club. These students have worked on making sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic bags, gone on field trips to clean up Maywood, and even eaten cricket cookies.

I grew up Tinley Park which is a suburb south of Chicago. I attended South Suburban College and Governors State University. I now live in Orland Park with my husband, three children, three dogs, and a leopard gecko. My two oldest girls are in high school, and my youngest son is starting fifth grade. I love to read and spend time with my family.

Ms. Crystal McAllister

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Ms. Crystal McAllister

Nature and science have been a passion of mine since childhood and drove me to become a science teacher.   I have always been interested in understanding and identifying living things within my environment.  For example, I had a pet praying mantis in elementary school and brought it to school to show and describe to my classmates.  

I have been at Proviso since 2004 and worked at Proviso West for 6 years before coming to Proviso East.  I went to Plainfield High School, Joliet Junior College, Southern Illinois University, and Miami University.  I have always taught Biology and love teaching freshmen, but I've also taught Physiology and excited to teach AP Environmental Science this year.  

One of my favorite lessons to teach to my freshman Biology students is an earthworm inquiry lab teaching the scientific method through inquiry.  While completing my masters through the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), I found myself fully engaged when I completed my own inquiries at Brookfield Zoo.  I also volunteer for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC) and created and continue to coordinate a volunteer program to help document and identify fungal diversity throughout the FPDDC.  

Ms. Ann McElhatten

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Ms. Ann McElhatten

Ms. McElhatton ("Mack-el-hat-in") is a newcomer to Proviso East in the fall of 2018. She is excited to bring her passion of the natural world to students at Proviso with hands-on biology and earth science demonstrations again after relocating from the Washington, D.C. region in 2017. She grew up along the coast of south Jersey where she received her undergraduate degree in Marine Science. She traveled south to Florida for her Master’s degree in teaching. Ms. McElhatton enjoys bringing her love of environmental education to families and communities as well with her outreach programs with Beach Chair Scientist (www.beachchairscientist.com). She can also be found gardening, running, or juggling family-life with her dog, two kids, and husband.

Mr. Justin Moore

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Mr. Justin Moore

This is my first year teaching at Proviso East. I look forward to learning about Proviso’s history and working with the students and community. I am an Earth & Space Science teacher with an endorsement in Biology. Prior to teaching, I had a career in business focusing on technology consulting and served as an Air Force Communications Officer for 4 years. My adventures on the Appalachian Trail and travels to Lake Superior in Canada, Yellowstone and Olympic National Parks, and Colorado’s Collegiate Mountains led me to pursue my passion for geology and teaching. I graduated in 2018 with a Master’s degree and a Professional Educator License in Geology from Northern Illinois University. I enjoy learning, listening to podcasts, exploring new places, and spending time outside with my wife and two young children.

Mr. Dale Pijut

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Mr. Dale Pijut

Ms. Veronica Raceala

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Ms. Veronica Raceala

Hello!! My name is Veronica Raceala. I’ve been teaching various science classes at Proviso East since 2014. I’m happy to be a part of this awesome team and to be able to teach our wonderful students.  I was born and raised in Romania. I’ve earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and I’m certified to teach Biology and Psychology. I love teaching science and making long lasting connection with my students. In my free time, I like to travel to new places and meet new people. I love nature in general but I’m especially in love with the sea. I also like to read and spend time with family and friends. Learning is a life long journey! Let’s all make it a joyful one!!!

Mr. Donald Robinson

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Mr. Donald Robinson

Hello, my name is Don Robinson. I have worked at Proviso East for one year now as the Auto Technology and Principles of Technology teacher. I was born and raised in Oak Park and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. I am a father to two daughters, and love to travel with them when I am not working. Last year I started a Vex Robotic Club which meets after school. This year I will be starting an afterschool Automotive Club. I am looking forward to another outstanding year at Proviso East.

Mr. Oliver Speller

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Mr. Oliver Speller

Dr. Veronica Rundell

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Dr. Veronica Rundell

Dr. Veronica Rundell earned a BA in biology from Northwestern when the internet was in its infancy, and a PhD in physiology and biophysics from UIC when dial-up was a thing. Since then, she's had four sons, a career in experimental science, taught college, and went back for her Masters in education. She's certified to teach biology, chemistry and physics and makes a habit of visiting Chicagoland attractions and museums whenever possible. 

Dr. Rundell's teaching philosophy is to draw on students life experiences to demonstrate how science is a part of our ordinary lives each and every day.  

Mrs. Tina Vega

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Mrs. Tina Vega

I am very proud to be a member of the Proviso East science team! I look forward to bringing my science background into the classroom as I incorporate my real-world experiences with activities that engage students and help make learning science both fun and relevant to their everyday lives. I went to Moraine Valley Community College for my associate degree in biology, then transferred to St. Xavier University for a bachelor’s in science with a concentration in environmental science. With this degree I went on to work at the Brookfield Zoo as an animal care specialist for 12 years. I have worked with over 70 species of animals from butterflies to bears!
From my work at the zoo, I soon learned that education was a major factor in getting people to care and protect our world. I then went on to get a master’s degree from Miami University with a focus on conservation education. I used this degree to work with the zoo in their education department, but I still did not feel like I was making the impact that I wanted to. So, I went back to St. Xavier University on a graduate level and received a teaching certification for secondary education.
 I was lucky enough to be able to join this team and look forward to sharing everything I know with the next generation. As our students’ study and prepare for the real world, it is my mission to make sure they understand their role in caring for the planet and how the power of one can make a great impact.

Mrs. Harriet Naylor

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Mrs. Harriet Naylor

Hello,  My name is Ms. Harriet Naylor and I have been working for Proviso School District for almost five years.  I worked for Proviso West High School for two years and this is my third year at Proviso East.  I love working for Proviso East because of the supportive staff and there are some awesome students that attends and have attended here.  I’m a only child and I grew up on the Westside of Chicago.  I attended Charles P. Steinmentz High School and I received my High School Diploma,  I went on to attend Robert Morris University and received my Associates Degree in Computerized Business and Accounting, I then attended Triton College and took some courses for A+, from there I went on to attend DeVry University and I received my Bachelors Degree in Technical Management and Security, and as of now I’m currently enrolled to attend school at the University of Phoenix to receive my Maters Degree in Special Education.  My hobbies are doing Genealogy and spending time with my family and friends. I have traveled and done family history for different families as well as mine.   I have always had a great love for science and I enjoy teaching children, showing them a new way of looking at science, and letting them know that science is a part of our everyday lives.