• English Department

     

    Mission Statement

    It is the mission of the English Department to develop reading, writing, thinking skills, effective communication and social awareness skills in our students to prepare them for life after high school. Whether our students attend college or enter the workplace, it is our goal to help them become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

     (Please note:  Ninth Grade Teachers are noted with a double asterisk (**)

     

     

    Grading Procedure

    For clarification about the grading procedure in the classes with an asterisk, please consider the following:

     

    1. Student work is graded on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 being the highest.

     

    1. The single (*) asterisked teachers have included measurement topics that are taught at the honors level.  Students who are successful with these topics will earn honors credit in the course taught by those teachers.  ALL students are encouraged to complete the honors measurement topics.

     

    1. Students may retake and redo assignments or assessments as often as needed to demonstrate mastery of measurement topics. 

     

    1. The English course is comprised of 15 specific measurement topics; however, students must perform at a level three or higher in order to pass the course.

     

    1. All students assigned to a teacher with an asterisk are encouraged to submit their own ideas about how they can demonstrate mastery of a topic.

     

 Patrice A. Reiger, PhD*

Phone: 708-202-1660

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Patrice A. Reiger, PhD*

Department Chair

 Ashley Avila*

Phone: 708-202-9586

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ashley Avila*

 Catherine Bojalad-Baginski**

Phone: 708-202-1275

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Catherine Bojalad-Baginski**

 Courtney Clay

Phone: 708-202-1276

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in English Literature and African/Black Diaspora.

Courtney Clay

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Ms. Courtney Clay is committed to student success not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.  She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in English Literature and African/Black Diaspora. She has been an educator for the last six years, serving the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Courtney is an advocate of equity, celebrating diversity, and developing partnerships. She firmly believes that success in education is all about building strong, lasting relationships.

 Ashley Glickman*

Phone: 708-449-9084

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ashley Glickman*

 Patricia Gonzalez

Phone: 708-202-6940

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Patricia Gonzalez

 Lynn Harris*

Phone: 708-449-1577

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Lynn Harris*

 Karen Hayslett

Phone: 708-449-9588

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Karen Hayslett

Emergent Bilingual

 Catherine Josephs**

Phone: 708-449-3592

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Catherine Josephs**

 Brandon Kujawa

Phone: 708-449-2670

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Brandon Kujawa

 Andre Moffett**

Phone: 708-449-3495

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Andre Moffett**

 Jennifer Moore

Phone: 708-449-3498

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Jennifer Moore

 Ilija Sisarica

Phone: 708-449-9565

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree

Ilija Sisarica

Emergent Bilingual

Mr. Ilija Sisarica joined the staff at Proviso East in 2010 as an ELL teacher.  He has taught all levels of ELL. He holds a Master’s Degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College.

Mr. Sisarica is committed to student success and to increase student literacy. “Teaching in ELL is so rewarding to see the impact and difference you make in a student.  In many ways teaching ELL is a lot like acting because it transcends language barriers.  Facial expressions, hand gestures and body language are essential elements of how we communicate with one another.” In addition to ELL, Mr. Sisarica is the current sponsor of the Multicultural Club. 

In his free time, Mr. Sisarica loves to read.  During the summer he loves to travel to the Balkans to visit family and explore the natural beauty and historical sites of the peninsula.  He is also very active in the Serbian church community in the Chicago area. 

 Victoria Therriault, PhD

Phone: 708-202-1609

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology, Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Master of Science degree in Education (specializing in Instructional Technology), Doctor of Philosophy degree (specializing in Instructional Technology), Professional Educators License in 6-8 Social Science; 9-12 History, Sociology, and Anthropology; K-12 Library Information Specialist, currently pursuing ELL endorsement

Victoria Therriault, PhD

Librarian

Dr. Vicki Therriault is honored to be the Librarian serving the students and staff of East.  Having been in education for over 8 years, Dr. Therriault prides herself on supporting all students and staff in any information resources that they might need, collaborating with all in the introduction of not only physical resources but also electronic resources. 

 Diane Weiner*

Phone: 708-202-1637

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Diane Weiner*

 Tabitha Wordlaw-Franklin

Phone: 708-202-9050

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Tabitha Wordlaw-Franklin

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