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New Faces Coming To School District 63

There are two incoming principals, an assistant principal and interim Special Ed director; also, here's a list of those who retired.

 

If your child attends Nelson or Mark Twain Schools or Gemini Junior High in Niles, Melzer School in Morton Grove, Apollo or Stevenson Schools in Des Plaines, or Washington School in Glenview, they'll be seeing some new faces soon.

There are also teachers and other staff they won't be seeing, because they retired at the close of school. 

Here are some of the changes: 

  • Gregory Bublitz was promoted from current special education facilitator to the role of interim Director of Special Services.

Earlier:

Bublitz received his M.A. in writing at Depaul University and then began teaching in alternative and therapeutic settings while studying for an M.A. in Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University. He's working toward Ed. D at Loyola University. He taught Special Education Resource students at Gemini Junior High for five years, then was named facilitator and has served in that role for four years.  

Bublitz said, "We will continue our work toward a better Least Restrictive Model.  I would also like to focus on supporting staff with classroom and behavior management as that is often a primary concern for teachers when supporting the diverse needs of students in general education classes. Of course, we will continue to support our staff in developing skills for educating all children regardless of ability."

  • The district did not find a new technology director, so Judy Satkiewicz agreed to delay her retirement by one year and stay on in that role until next June.
  • At Apollo School, Amy Presker will start as principal on July 1.
  • At Gemini Junior High, Richard Groeling is coming in as principal on July 1.
  • At Nelson School, Timothy Grivois-Shah will become assistant principal on July 1.
  • Also at Nelson, school psychologist Ella Farmer has left, and a replacement for her has not yet been named. 

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Teachers who retired include:

  • Mona Bellino, working in School District 63 since 1993.
  • Teri Dobkin, working in School District 63 since 1994.
  • Bill Gibson, working in School District 63 since 1972 at Gemini, as athletic director and teacher.
  • Janet Halperin, working in School District 63 since 1989.
  • Dr. Scott Herrmann, working in School District 63 since 1996.
  • Marilyn Jayko, working in School District 63 since 1976.
  • Jan Katzman, working in School District 63 since 1987.
  • Carolyn Kueffner, working in School District 63 since 1987.
  • Beri Nass, working in School District 63 since 1988.
  • Brooks Nelson, working in School District 63 since 1977.
  • Sue Rome, working in School District 63 since 1993.
  • Clara Talkowsky, working in School District 63 since 1993.
  • Marla Turofsky, working in School District 63 since 1979.
  • Mary Van Ness, working in School District 63 since 1983.
  • Judi Voller, working in School District 63 since 1982.
  • Katherine Zlogar, working in School District 63 since 1992. 

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