2017-18 New Staff

District 28 Welcomes New Staff for 2017-18


Dr. Kristin Raitzer - Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Kristin Raitzer replaced retiring Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathy Horvath. Dr. Raitzer comes to Northbrook with a broad background in education, holding leadership positions in Minneapolis, MN; Louisville, KY; Zion and St. Charles.
She was previously Area Assistant Superintendent for St. Charles District 303, supervising 12 elementary schools and an early childhood program. As assistant superintendent in Zion, she was responsible for all aspects of curriculum, instruction and assessment. As a principal Lowe Elementary School in Louisville, Dr. Raitzer’s school was awarded the Kentucky School of Excellence for achievement in the top 1% of schools in the state. 

Vicky Mazur - Data Specialist
Mrs. Mazur was the administrative assistant at Greenbriar School. She moved to the District Office as the Data Specialist, replacing Barb McMillan, who retired.

Nora Geraghty - Asst. Director of ELS/Student Services
Nora Geraghty was appointed May 23 to a newly created position to oversee the development of the district’s Educational Life Skills program.
Ms. Geraghty stepped over from Northern Suburban Special Education District where worked since 2007 as an intervention specialist and program supervisor. She received a Specialist in Education advanced degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Illinois at Champaign. 

Cailin Melka – Social Emotional Learning Coach, Elementary Schools

Ms. Melka joins the District as the new Social Emotional Learning Coach and will support all three elementary buildings. She will be housed at Greenbriar School. Ms. Melka has spent the past three years working as a school psychologist in Arlington Heights, crafting the Tier 2 behavior procedures and supporting student behavior needs. Ms. Melka earned a degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in school psychology from Valparaiso University.

Greenbriar School

Megan Roberts Esterling – 2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Roberts Esterling is filling a one-year maternity leave as a second-grade teacher. Ms. Roberts Esterling has 10 years of teaching experience including first grade, fifth grade, and special education positions. She is dually certified in elementary education and special education with degrees from the University of Illinois-Chicago and Loyola University. She previously worked at Chicago Public Schools.

Debbie Floss - School Administrative Assistant
Debbie Floss joined Greenbriar after working for two years as a school secretary at an elementary school in Norridge. She holds a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University and has experience as an early childhood Montessori teacher.

Jessica Hulings - Technology Support Specialist
Jessica is the new Technology Support Specialist for Greenbriar School. Jessica has worked as a long-term sub and classroom aide at Meadowbrook for the past two years.

Kelly Melzer – Speech Pathologist,

Ms. Melzer comes from the Special Education District of Lake County where she worked with students ages 3 through 12 with a variety of communication needs. Prior to that, Ms. Melzer worked as an intern at Lake Forest Hospital, Deerfield School District 109, and Meadowbrook Elementary School.

Casey Murman - Head Custodian
Mr. Murman is the new head custodian at Greenbriar School. He has worked as custodian at Northbrook Junior High since 2012.

Kasey Ockerlund - Special Education
Ms. Ockerlund earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University. Kasey has worked at Westmoor School as a long-term substitute for one of our special education teachers. Prior to this role, Kasey completed student teaching experiences in a variety of settings including resource support in an elementary school and therapeutic day support in a high school.

Haley Sachs, R.N. is the new school nurse.

Laura Scott – 4th Grade
Laura Scott finished her second year of teaching at St. Emily School in Mount Prospect as a fourth/fifth grade teacher in 2016-17. Laura received a master’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University after working in communications for a few years after receiving a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois in communications.

Corrie Tucker –5th Grade
Corrie Tucker joins District 28 after four years of teaching first through fifth grades in Oregon. She also worked as an art specialist at the Children’s Art Institute in Oregon for 12 years. She is returning to the area where she has family and is familiar with Northbrook after having worked at the Northbrook JCC. Ms. Tucker has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree and an English Learner Endorsement from Marylhurst University, Portland.


Katherine Robison – 4th Grade
Ms. Robison attended Greenbriar and NBJH as a student and returns as a teacher in 2017. She comes to District 28 after teaching fourth grade in District 34. Ms. Robison served as a student teacher at Meadowbrook, and has special endorsements in math, reading and language arts.

Shamsha Rupshi – 2nd Grade

Ms. Rupshi has worked as an elementary teacher in District 54 since 2005. She earned both her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and master's degree in Bilingual Literacy from Northern Illinois University. She also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Roosevelt University.

Shana Silver - 1st Grade

Ms. Silver graduated from the University of Hartford in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught second grade at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School in Skokie for the past two years. In addition, Ms. Silver is currently working on her master's program with a focus on English learners.

Northbrook Junior High School

Sarah Cohen – EL Teacher
Sarah Cohen comes to District 28 with a variety of experience. She was an enrichment teacher, a special education teaching assistant and a second-grade teacher. She earned a master’s degree in bilingual/bicultural education from Northeastern Illinois University and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from University of Iowa. She comes to District 28 from Waukegan District 60, where she was a second-grade teacher for nine years.

Beth Mand – Special Education

Mrs. Mand began her teaching career in District 28 as a sixth-grade special education teacher. She is returning to that position nine years after she left it to move to Texas. She continued to serve as a special education teacher for eight years in Texas before returning to Illinois in 2016. She returns to District 28 after teaching in District 63 since she returned to the area.

Hilary Masterton – 8th Grade Social Studies
Hilary Masterton earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History from Carthage College in Wisconsin. Hilary served as a special education instructional assistant at Glenbard East and Glenbard West High Schools. She worked the past two years at a parochial school in River Forest where she taught social studies for sixth to eighth grade. Hilary also is the head JV cheerleading coach at Glenbrook North.

Krissy Pierce – Instructional Coach

Krissy Pierce earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Carthage College in Wisconsin. She earned her master’s degree in Education Technology Leadership from Concordia University. Krissy spent six years in Zion where she taught fifth- and sixth-grade for four years and then two years as a district instructional facilitator under Dr. Raitzer’s supervision. In 2016-17 Ms. Pierce served as the Instructional Technology Media Specialist in Diamond Lake District 76.

Kyle Pucciarello – Library Media Specialist
Kyle Pucciarello has worked in both school library and public library settings since launching his career in education in 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in library science at Rutgers University. He also holds a master’s degree in education from The College of New Jersey. His experience as coordinator of Youth Services at a public library system in New Jersey, along with his work as a Library Media Specialist at North Brunswick Township School District, will help enhance the learning resources for students.

Jennifer Ross – Spanish

Jennifer Ross began her teaching career in 2005 at Crystal Lake High School District 155 teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Jennifer also volunteers as a bilingual case manager at Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in education from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in Spanish from California State University.

Dallas Sarmento is a new custodian at Northbrook Junior High.

Mary Seeberg – 8th grade Math
Mary Seeberg is a recent graduate from Marquette University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in middle/secondary education in mathematics. A graduate of NBJH and Glenbrook North High School, she comes highly recommended for her interpersonal skills, work ethic and content knowledge.

Melissa Sen – Spanish

Melissa Sen is returning to NBJH after a six-year hiatus. Mrs. Sen began her teaching career in London, England and then returned to her hometown of Northbrook in 2004, where she taught Spanish for five years before her husband was transferred to Arlington, Va. While working for Arlington Public Schools, Mrs. Sen became the World Language Specialist. She returned to District 28 this year as a substitute teacher for a maternity leave. 

Rachel von Holst – 8th Grade Social Studies

Rachel von Holst is a recent graduate from Grinnell University in Iowa where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education and history. She completed her student teaching at South Tama High School in Iowa where she taught U.S. and Contemporary History to 9th and 10th grades. She also served as a tutor for a prison, studied abroad in the UK, home-schooled a student with special learning needs and served as an Instructional Assistant at Field Middle School. This is a homecoming for Rachel, who is a graduate of NBJH and Glenbrook North High School.

Lauren Wenk - Technology Support Specialist

Ms. Wenk is the new Technology Support Specialist. She has worked in support positions for elementary schools for the past four years as a learning resource center assistant, a technology aide, and kindergarten aide.

Westmoor School

Heather DelGrosso – Art
Heather DelGrosso worked in Grass Lake School District for the past four years as the preK-8 art teacher. She also taught at Lockport Township High School and West Elementary in Sycamore. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Northern Illinois University.

Sia Drakoulis – Early Childhood
Sia Drakoulis is joining the Young Explorers Early Childhood program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from DePaul University. She is currently employed as a preschool teacher at Urban Child Academy.

Nick Grigolo – 4th Grade

Teaching is a second career for Nick Grigolo, who left the business world to become a sixth-grade classroom teacher at Elmwood Park School District. He has worked in a K-6 elementary building for the past 12 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Concordia University and a master’s degree in education from National Louis University.

Matthew Kritzberg is the new head custodian for Westmoor School. He has worked as custodian at Northbrook Junior High since 2009.

Helene Josephson - Administrative Assistant
Helene Josephson is the new administrative assistant in the school office. She has worked as a substitute teacher for District 21 and at a preschool. She was a special education instructional aide at Northbrook Junior High ending in 2002 and as a first grade teacher for two years.

Laura Rzewnicki – kindergarten
Laura Rzewnicki has worked for the past six years at River Grove Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University and a master’s degree in literacy education from Northern Illinois University. She also holds certificates in Early Childhood and Reading Specialist.