Mr. Kent Giardini

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Mr. Kent Giardini

Kent Giardini is the Specialized Services Department Chair. Kent was a teacher at Proviso West for 8 years and became the Department Chair at the start of the 2018/2019 school year.  When he is not working Kent prefers to spend his time outside camping/hiking with friends or riding bikes and playing with sidewalk chalk with his daughters; summer months are spent at his family's cabin in Wisconsin. Did you know Kent married his high school sweetheart?

Mr. Don Abernathy

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Mr. Don Abernathy

My name is Don Abernathy and I am in the Specialized Services Department. Don teaches and co-teaches in the math department. Don has been a teacher at Proviso West High School for 8 years. Don coaches football and wrestling at Proviso West for 7 years. When he is not working Don prefers to spend time with his family.  A fun fact about Don is that he can leg press 600 lbs.

Mr. Dan Biniewicz

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Mr. Dan Biniewicz

Dan Biniewicz is a Specialized Services History Teacher and Freshman Success Coach.  Dan has been a teacher at Proviso West since 2017.  When he is not working, Dan prefers to spend his time working out, going on hikes, and studying history.  Did you know that Dan has been a teacher in three different states?

Ms. Gina Capasso

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Ms. Gina Capasso

My name is Ms. Gina Capasso and this is my 9th year as an educator in the Specialized Services Department at Proviso West High School. In my time away from district 209, I enjoy reading, walking o& bicycling outdoors, playing scrabble, building raging fires (not in random places LOL) but in my fire pit, and I am a horse-racing enthusiast! A fun fact about myself is I am a fire loving Sagittarius and all my grandparents all immigrated here from Italy. I currently have one fiancée and his name is Tom & one cat named Simba – they are both spoiled rotten! LOL.

It is my sincerest privilege to call District 209 home!

Mr. Satyam Contractor

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Mr. Satyam Contractor

Satyam Contractor has been at Proviso West High School for 10 years. He has one Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in ELL and another Master’s Degree in Special Education. When he isn’t working tirelessly for his students, you can find him next to his grill or his garden. Did you hear that he may have a pet elephant?

Ms. Grady

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Ms. Grady

Resides in South Suburbs 

B.A. Human Services, National Louis University

M.A. Social Work, Loyola University

CADC Illlinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional

15+ years at Proviso School District

 

I love being a Mother, a Gigi 

Ms. Devon Harris

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Ms. Devon Harris

Devon Harris a teacher at Proviso West for 8 years, in which she teaches Co-taught and Specialized services Biology. In her third year at Proviso West, Devon earned a recognition from ISBE’s Those who Excel Awards.  She has been involved in different activities in the building which includes, talent show and graduation co-coordinator, and sponsor for Girl’s League-an active girls’ group that focuses on positive girl interactions within Proviso West High School.  In her free time, Devon enjoys playing UNO with her two children, board games with the family, reading, puzzles, bike riding and hanging out with friends and family. Fun fact: Devon is a graduate of Proviso East High School.

Ms. Laura Elk-Weist

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Ms. Laura Elk-Weist

Laura Elk-Weist is a Social Worker at Proviso West High School. Her goal is to help each student be healthy, happy and successful in school and life. Ms. Elk-Weist has over 10 years of experience working with students of all ages and is passionate about the role of mental health in learning with an emphasis on stress and trauma. When she isn’t at Proviso West, you may find Ms. Elk-Weist hiking, camping, reading, crafting, gardening or spending time with her son. She especially likes being outdoors. Ms. Elk-Weist has an adventurous side and hopes to buy another motorcycle one day.

Mr. Steve Ford

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Mr. Steve Ford

Mr. Ford has been teaching at Proviso West since 2001. Did you know Mr. Ford has a college credit in Break Dancing? See you on the dance floor!

Ms. Beverly Hughes

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Ms. Beverly Hughes

My name is Beverly Hughes and I am in the Specialized Services Department. I am the Program Coordinator and have been at Proviso West for 10 years. I am a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelors degree in Education and a graduate of Roosevelt University with a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. I also have an Approval in ELL. When I am not working, I prefer to spend time with my family and my dog Musiq! I enjoy reading, bike riding going to the gym and aqua aerobics. A few fun facts about me is that I have won awards and trophies for playing volleyball and I grew up in Maywood and graduated from Proviso East High School!

Ms. Jenny Keene

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Ms. Jenny Keene

Jenny Keene is a School Psychologist in the Special Education department at Proviso West. She has worked for the district for 5 years with the primary role of evaluating students for Special Education services within the building and across the district. She is an advocate for data-based decision making and determining the best possible placements and services for students in the school. To relax, Jenny enjoys going to the movies and taking nature walks. Some of her favorite entertainment revolves around Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Disney, and the Hallmark Channel. Jenny's interest in social psychology was sparked by her high school teacher's passion for the subject and as a high school student herself, knew she wanted to be a support to teens in the future.

Ms. Donna Kuchera

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Ms. Donna Kuchera

Kuchera is a School Social Worker at Proviso West High School, provided by Proviso Area for Exceptional Children (PAEC).  She has worked as a Social Worker for 16 years in a variety of placements including a Psychiatric Hospital, Therapeutic Schools, and Elementary through High School working with General Education and Special Education students.  Ms. Kuchera is also a Certified Teacher.  In her free time she enjoys singing with a Contemporary Ensemble and going on trips with her family.

Ms. Bria Laudo

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Ms. Bria Laudo

Bria Laudo has been a Teacher's Assistant since 2017. When she isn't working in the classroom she's often working with our student athletes in the world of cheerleading as the Cheer Coach. Aside from work Bria loves devoting her time to her church family Grace Central of Westchester. Bria is the Event Coordinator where she often leads her church in many community service related projects/church events, she's the Youth Praise Dance Instructor and often works along side the church administrator making sure things are in their proper places for Grace Central to run smoothly. Bria is married and apart from work, cheerleading and church activities she loves a nice dinner date, adventurous activity or island resort getaway with her husband. Did you know that Bria was a graduate and former cheerleader of Proviso West from 2007-2011?

Ms. Kim Lindsey

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Ms. Kim Lindsey

Kim has been the Specialized Services Administrative Assistant since 11/2012. Kim enjoys sports, gospel & jazz concerts, travelling, baking/cooking but most all spending time with her family. Kim is a Licensed Chaplain/Minister. Fun Fact: Did you know that Kim sang in her Family's Gospel Group? The Jackson Gospel Singers

Mr. Anthony Longstreet

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Mr. Anthony Longstreet

My name is Anthony Longstreet.  I attended Crane High School and Northeastern Illinois University (B.S. Education).  I was a P.E. Teacher for more than 25 years with Chicago Public Schools.  I also coached boys basketball for more than 25 years and in 2003 won the Boys City Championship.  In 2005, my team made it down state.  During my coaching career I have sent 4 players to the NBA, Kevin Garnett being one of them.  I have been a T.V. commentator for the Illinois Boys State Basketball Tournament.  This year was my third year as a substitute teacher/teacher's aid at Proviso West

Ms. Tina Lira

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Ms. Tina Lira

Tina has been a special education teacher for 24 years, spending the last 20 at Proviso West High School. She has taught in many different types of classrooms and subjects over her tenure at West. Most recently she can be found in the math department teaching Integrated Math II. When not teaching Tina can be found with her family. She has been married for 23 years to her high school sweetheart and has two daughters. In her free time Tina enjoys watching her oldest daughter paly collegiate softball or her youngest daughter on her travel bowling team.

Ms. Hannah Maurer

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Ms. Hannah Maurer

Hannah Maurer is a Social Worker at Proviso West High School. She first began working at Proviso West as a PAEC employee in the fall of 2016, was hired by the district in 2017 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2019. She has a thirst for knowledge, experiences, and connection, and has found that with a little bit of open-mindedness, self-awareness, and compassion, personal and social change is possible. She enjoys working with adolescents and young adults who struggle with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral limitations but who thrive due to their many other personal strengths. Finally, she seeks to provide all students the tools and platforms necessary to determine their own paths and to tell their own stories. When she is not working, she enjoys submersing herself in Badger and Packer culture, including but not limited to attending football games, consuming any and all cheeses, and hiking or exploring the outdoors with her husband and dog-son, Leo.

Ms. Montoto Vega

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Ms. Montoto Vega

Ms. Montoto Vega has been working in the Proviso Township area as a School Social Worker for 23 years. She began with Proviso Area for Exceptional Children (PAEC) in District 87 and is now with Proviso Township High Schools District 209. She has experience working with students and families in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and High School. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is also a founding member of Alpha Psi Lambda - Zeta Chapter at UIC which is a Latino oriented co-ed fraternity. In her spare time, Ms. Montoto Vega enjoys spending time with her family and friends and often volunteers to mentor college students who aspire to be social workers.

Mr. Kevin Morrow

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Mr. Kevin Morrow

 My name is Kevin Morrow. I am a Special Education teacher at Proviso West High School. I received a Bachelor’s from Ashford University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from National Louis University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. During my tenure at National Louis I also received recognition for completing my training in the National Society of Leadership and Success. I have been a teacher at Proviso West since Dec. 2018 and I have been teaching since August of 2013. I love helping children and seeing them advance their learning and experience.

Mr. Marco Parrott

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Mr. Marco Parrott

Marco Parrott is a Teacher Assistant in the Special Education Department at Proviso West High School.  He has worked for Proviso Township District 209 for 4 years.  During the Summer Marco enjoys going to Museums, spending time with family, and going to Forest Preserves.  Did you know that Marco goes on Scenic Train Rides just for weekend getaways?

Ms. Tracy Quadri

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Ms. Tracy Quadri

English Teacher/Specialist, Freshman Academy Lead, Freshman Success Coach

Room: D317

Courses this year: English 1 & ACCESS

Degrees:  Masters in Art of Education from Dominican University, Certificate for Technology Specialist from Dominican University, Certificate for Teaching English Language Learners from Dominican University, BA in Special Education from Northern Illinois University, Certified Learning Behavior Specialist Type I and II

Something about me:  I enjoy incorporating social-emotional learning into my daily instruction, I was nominated for the Golden Apple award in 2015, and I am passionate about kickboxing as a stress reliever

I am an active member of the Career Academy/Freshman Design, Curriculum/Instruction and Crisis teams, serve as a district teacher mentor, and have enjoyed nearly 15 years of collaborative work with colleagues to improve my craft.

Ms. CharHarie Riales

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Teachers Assistant

Former student of Proviso West

My passion is singing and always helping others

Ms. Lauren Robertson

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Ms. Lauren Robertson

Lauren Robertson, a Proviso West Alumni, class of 2007, Prairie View A&M University graduate, class of 2011 and currently a student in the Masters of Counseling Program at Concordia University and mother of 1, is a teacher’s assistant in the Special Education Department.

Ms. Gail Suffredin

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Ms. Gail Suffredin

Gail Suffredin currently is a teacher in the Transitional Skills Training Program. She has also served District 209 as a teacher in the instructional program and as the Department Chair for Special Services. She began her teaching career here at Proviso West in August of 1986 and found a second home – she has been here for all 34 years. Gail is married and has three adult children. One thing that Gail is known for is her summer vegetable gardening. Her love of gardening translates into a love of cooking, and she is looking forward to doing more of both of those things once she retires.

Ms. Dayna Truger

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Ms. Dayna Truger

Dayna Truger is a social worker at Proviso West. Dayna attended the University of Missouri as well as the University of Illinois. She is passionate about making sure the students feel heard, valued and are advocated for. When she is not at work, you can catch her at the gym or spending time with her family and friends. Did you know that Dayna loves to travel?

Ms. Monique Villasenor

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Ms. Monique Villasenor

Monique Villasenor is the Speech Language Therapist serving at Proviso West High School since 2015. When not at work, Monique finds her Zen in running, biking, hiking, playing sports, and hanging out with family. Every summer her and her family gather in northern Wisconsin for a big family vacation! Although born on the south side of Chicago, she is a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan!

Ms. Kinikka Wade

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Ms. Kinikka Wade

Kinikka Wade is a teaching assistant at Proviso West. Her hobbies include shopping, going to the park with her son, and watching Ozark on Netflix.  

Ms. Caryn Weldon

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Ms. Caryn Weldon

Caryn Weldon has been part of Proviso West’s Specialized Services department for 5 years. When Caryn is not at school, she enjoys traveling around the United States and has visited 48 of the 50 states. Caryn also enjoys playing with her dog Madison and buying crocs – which she has 100 pairs of. Her favorite sport is baseball – Cubs all the way!!!!

Ms. Becky Wilson

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English Teacher

Classroom: C 314

Courses this year: English 1 and English 3

Degrees:  Bachelors Degree Illinois State University, Masters as Reading Specialist from Concordia University Chicago, ESL endorsement from Dominican University.

Something about me:  I enjoy reading, podcasts, Pure Barre classes, spending time with my dog. 

I started teaching at West in 2011.

Dr. Taliah Ziyad-Nau

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Doctorate- School Psychology Master's-Educational Leadership Specialist-School Psychology Bachelor's-Education/Major: Psychology/Minor

Dr. Taliah Ziyad-Nau

Dr. Nau has served as a school psychologist for District 209 since January 2011. She has been a school psychologist for Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA and out of district programs.  Aside from her responsibilities for assessment and behavioral interventions, Dr. Nau has most enjoyed serving as a consultant for administrators and programs throughout the district.