Grade Levels

  • All Pulaski International School of Chicago teachers are of the highest caliber. Teaching in Chicago, in a community-supported IB World School authorized program is an attractive prospect which is not open to many Chicago Public School teachers. This has enabled Pulaski to be highly selective in offering teaching positions to the most experienced, highly qualified and committed of teachers. Teachers are supported by a dedicated team of educational leaders and staff.

  • Pre-K

  • Ms. LaCour

    PreK – Room 108

    Ms. Phyllis LaCour received her BA in Early Childhood Education with a focus area in Visual Arts from Columbia College Chicago.  She received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL Endorsement from Concordia University Chicago.  Ms. Phyllis is dedicated, caring, and passionate about her work with young children.  Ms. Phyllis is a Legend of Early Childhood Education and a Golden Apple Teacher.  Her work with young children has been presented at Professional Development conferences. She also does mentoring and consultant work in the field of early childhood education. Ms. Phyllis has 5 cats; Za, Zimba, December, Pum Pum, and Moonpie, and loves them dearly.  She also loves spending her summers in Louisiana with her family.  She looks forward to another exciting year at Pulaski International School of Chicago!

    Contact Ms. LaCour

  • Mrs. Maldonado

    PreK – Room 105

    Mrs. Maldonado has been working at Pulaski International School of Chicago as the PreKindergarten Teacher in room 105 for the past eighteen years. She received her Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood at National Louis University. She received her  Masters of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction with an endorsement in ESL (English as a Second Language) and Bilingual Education at Concordia University. Her past educational job experience consists of working at Christopher House as a Head Teacher and Director of Head Start, Daycare and after-school programs. She also taught at St. Augustine College and taught ESL at the Puerto Rican National Guard in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. Her hobbies include sewing, puzzles, swimming, crafting, and camping with her family. She has an open door policy and welcomes her prekindergarten families to volunteer. Her passion is working with young children and their families and looking forward to a great school year.

    Contact Mrs. Maldonado

  • Kindergarten

  • Mrs. Mangelsdorf

    Kindergarten – Room 001

    This is Mrs. Mangelsdorf’s eighth  year at Pulaski.  Mrs. Mangelsdorf is a native Chicagoan who grew up in the Logan Square/Humboldt neighborhoods and has resided in Bucktown for over 35 years.

    Mrs. Mangelsdorf is a graduate of NEIU where she majored in elementary and middle school education with minors in math and science.  Mrs. Mangelsdorf also holds a  Masters in Education Technology from National Louis University. Mrs. Mangelsdorf also holds five certifications from Microsoft and truly enjoys technology.

    Mrs. Mangelsdorf is happy to be teaching Kindergarten again this year. There will be all sorts of new and exciting things to learn and do. There are sure to be adventures in learning and books will be written and published. There will be discoveries in math and science. Learning is so much fun!

    When not at school, Mrs. Mangelsdorf can be found working on projects (with a lot of assistance from a most kind and loving husband). She also enjoys playing with two grandchildren, making nifty Halloween costumes, reading, discovering and creating new art and learning new things. In addition, Mrs. Mangelsdorf is a proponent of kindness to others, because “Nice Matters”. She is very excited to meet her new class and help them build their classroom family. While we are starting school remotely, Mrs. Mangelsdorf believes that love can cross a digital divide and our community will be stronger than ever!

    Contact Mrs. Mangelsdorf

  • Ms. Ramos

    Kindergarten – Room 002

    A native of Chicago and raised in Bucktown, Ms. Ramos is a graduate of Casimir Pulaski Elementary School. Her daughter also graduated from this same school.

    Ms. Ramos earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Her college education included studying abroad at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. In 2009 she obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Reading from Northeastern Illinois University.

    As a teacher for the Gifted Bilingual Program, she enjoys designing and implementing creative and developmentally appropriate interdisciplinary and multicultural lessons. She feels that while it’s important to teach Kindergarteners to read, it is just as important to provide children with sensory experiences and role-playing in their learning in order to positively impact them for life. Ms. Ramos also promotes the importance of being bilingual.

    Her hobbies include playing acoustic guitar and sewing.

    Una nativa de Chicago y criada en el barrio de Bucktown, la Sra. Ramos es una graduada de la escuela primaria Casimir Pulaski. Su hija Tambien se graduo de esta misma escuela.

    La Sra. Ramos obtuvo su licenciatura en administración de empresas de la Universidad de Illinois en Urbana – Champaign. Su educación universitaria incluye estudios extranjeros en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Río Piedras. En 2009 obtuvo su Maestría en lectura de la Universidad de Northeastern Illinois.

    Como profesora del programa bilingüe de niños sobresalientes, ella disfruta en diseñar e implementar lecciones creativas, interdisciplinarias, multiculturales y apropiadas para el desarrollo del niño. Ella siente que es importante enseñarle a los estudiantes a leer, pero igual de importante es proporcionarle experiencias sensoriales y ofrecerles juegos en su aprendizaje que impacten sus vidas positivamente. La Sra. Ramos también promueve la importancia de ser bilingüe.

    Sus pasatiempos incluyen tocar la guitarra acústica y coser.

    Contact Ms. Ramos

  • Mrs. Harris

    Kindergarten – Room 003

    Mrs. Harris grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and is a graduate of Duke University (BA) and Manhattanville College (MAT).  She has been teaching at Pulaski for eight years but has been a Pulaski parent even longer (both of her sons started in Ms. Phyllis’ PreK class; her oldest graduated last spring and her youngest will be in seventh grade).  Mrs. Harris loves pina coladas and getting caught in the rain – and she IS into yoga. 

    Contact Mrs. Harris

  • Ms. Keen

    Kindergarten – Room 004

    Ms. Keen has lived and taught in Chicago for the last eight years, and this will be her eleventh year in education. She has her heart in primary grades, and is excited to be back in Kindergarten to start off the 2020 school year. Though she will miss her Pulaski family, starting in October she becomes a mom to her second baby and will have a wonderful sub in her place to finish the year. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders/Speech Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!), and is currently working on coursework toward a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education. Ms. Keen grew up just outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul, but has also lived in Guatemala City, Austin, TX, and Madison, WI. Ms. Keen speaks fluent Spanish and is a certified bilingual teacher, so feel free to speak or practice with her anytime!  

    Along with being a teacher, Ms. Keen loves to spend every minute she can outdoors. Whether it is paddle-boarding, hiking, camping, biking, running, swimming, or just going for a walk, she enjoys fresh air as much as she can get it. She lives in Noble Square with her husband, almost three year old daughter, son (coming in October) and dog. They hope to go on many more travel adventures around the world in the coming years, and love to take on a “big” trip at least once per year. Can’t wait to see what unique experiences the next year brings! 

    Contact Ms. Keen

  • First Grade

  • Mrs. Gaeding

    First Grade – Room 009

    Mrs. Gaeding, now a 1st grade teacher in room 009, used to teach Pre-K and 2nd grade at Pulaski, with her focus being on the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education along with adapted ideas of Montessori and IB. Her beliefs about young children and what they are capable of is unwavering. “Children have the potential to learn so much if we just let them express themselves in multiple different platforms.”

    Mrs. Gaeding has her bachelor’s in Speech Communication and her Masters in Early Childhood Education. This is her 10th year at Pulaski International School of Chicago. She loves the thrill and excitement that comes from working with children.  She is dependable; loves kids and has a happy and enthusiastic attitude for learning more. Mrs. Gaeding has her hands full; she is a mother of 3 boys- Nathan (6), Nicholas and Nolan (4 1/2).  Mrs. Gaeding’s hobbies include baking, crafting and surrounding herself with friends and family.

    Mrs. Gaeding’s hopes and dreams for this year are to inspire the youth of tomorrow with creative lessons, high energy and get the students excited to learn while introducing them to school culture. She wants to inspire the students to be excited about learning and have fun while doing it!

    Contact Mrs. Gaeding

  • Ms. Chagoya

    First Grade – Room 010

    Ms. Chagoya is the first grade Gifted Bilingual teacher. She has a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in Bilingual Education, as well as a Masters in Language, Literacy and Specialized Instruction.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from DePaul University and has been teaching over 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and visiting new places.
    She looks forward to teaching her wonderful students about the world and how interconnected it is. Her favorite unit of inquiry is Sharing the Planet because students get super excited learning about different types of animals and habitats. 

    La Sra. Chagoya es la profesora del programa bilingüe de niños sobresalientes de primer grado. Tiene una Maestría en Currículo e Instrucción con un enfoque en Educación Bilingüe y también una Maestría en Lenguaje, Alfabetización e Instrucción Especializada. Recibió una Licenciatura en Ciencias de Educación Primaria de la Universidad DePaul y ha estado enseñando más de 10 años. En su tiempo libre le gusta viajar y conocer nuevos lugares.

    Ella espera poder enseñar a sus maravillosos estudiantes sobre el mundo y lo interconectado que está. Su unidad de investigación favorita es compartir el planeta porque los estudiantes se emocionan mucho al aprender sobre diferentes tipos de animales y hábitats.

    Contact Ms. Chagoya

  • Mrs. Allen

    First Grade – Room 011

    Mrs. Allen moved to Chicago in 2008 when she was accepted into the Chicago Teaching Fellows program and earned her master’s degree in elementary education from National Louis University. She taught as a teacher of students with disabilities for five years. This is her seventh year teaching the first grade in CPS and her seventh year at Pulaski. Mrs. Allen is a National Board Certified teacher in reading and language arts and she has endorsements in ESL and bilingual instruction. Mrs. Allen’s love for teaching began while managing a daycare center in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala upon her graduation from Miami University in 2006.

    Mrs. Allen loves to travel and has made it a lifelong goal to travel to a new country and/or city in the U.S. every year. This past year she traveled to Paris, Amsterdam, and Düsseldorf, Germany and camped in the Badlands National Park and Yellowstone National Park. 

    Besides travel, you can usually catch her coaching 5th and 6th grade cross country or track and field. Running has been a passion of Mrs. Allen’s since she was fourteen and she loves to run along Chicago’s gorgeous lakefront. Also, you may see her at some of your favorite Chicago races. Make sure you say hi!

    Contact Mrs. Allen

  • Ms. Shah

    First Grade – Room 013

    Hi, my name is Ms. Shah!  I am so excited to join the first grade team at Pulaski International School of Chicago.  This is my 11th year of teaching and I love my job!  I’ve taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and ESL resource.  I have my Master’s in education and an ESL endorsement.  I’m passionate about teaching my students about social justice, kindness, empathy, and I love teaching kids different cultures and holidays around the world.  My priority is to make sure kids learn how to use their voice, be creative, and to encourage curiosity.
    In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking healthy meals, trying new cuisines, relaxing at the lakefront, and exploring all the different neighborhoods in the city.   One of my favorite places I have traveled to is Istanbul, Turkey.  Ecuador, Cuba, Costa Rica, Argentina, Croatia, Spain, and Vietnam are on my bucket list of places to go to next.  
    I am looking forward to working with you and your kids this year!
  • Second Grade

  • Mrs. Kalnicky

    Second Grade – Room 005

    This is Mrs. Kalnicky’s (formally known as Ms. Rosado) 8th year teaching at Pulaski International School of Chicago. She is a second grade gifted bilingual IB teacher and is extremely excited to continue being part of such a great educational community. Mrs. Kalnicky graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. She also currently has an endorsement in Middle School Social Science, a Gifted Teaching Certification and a Bilingual Certificate. As a teacher, Mrs. Kalnicky strives for academic excellence through creativity and collaboration.  She recognizes the importance of developing inquiring and compassionate life-long learners. Her hobbies include playing sports such as softball or a mean game of corn hole, spending time with friends and family and cuddling with her dog Tito. She enjoys organizing special events for the Saber family for all to enjoy. Be ready for this year’s Staff vs. Students softball game!

    Contact Mrs. Kalnicky

  • Ms. Needleman

    Second Grade – Room 007

    Mrs. Needleman teaches second grade at Pulaski International School. She received her Elementary Education degree from the University of Maryland and her Masters in Reading Education from Concordia University. She is Nationally Board Certified in Early Childhood Education. This will be her nineteenth year of teaching. Reading with her daughter, cooking with her son and kayaking with her husband are among her favorite activities.   

    Contact Ms. Needleman

  • Ms. Weston

    Second Grade – Room 008

    Ms. Weston is starting her third year teaching at Pulaski International School of Chicago. She is a second grade bilingual educator in Room 008. Having grown up in the neighborhood, she continues to show her appreciation for the community. Having attended LaSalle Language Academy and Lane Technical High School, she continues to show her dedication to the Chicago Public School system at Pulaski. She furthered her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor and endorsement in Spanish. In her free time, Ms. Weston enjoys traveling to exciting places, spending time with family and friends, indulging in arts and crafts, and exploring what Chicago has to offer. She is excited and ready to start the year with remote learning with her new students! Ms. Weston pushes her students everyday to build on their daily inquiries within the IB framework. She is ecstatic to continue working with such inquisitive and dynamic students at Pulaski!

    Contact Ms. Weston

  • Mrs. Ward

    Second Grade – Room 014

    Adrienne Ward joins the second grade team here at the Pulaski International School of Chicago after teaching at Skinner West Elementary (CPS) for the past 5 years.  Prior to that, she taught for 10 years at New York City Public Schools.  Adrienne has lived in the Bucktown community since moving to Chicago and is thrilled to have an opportunity to deepen her involvement in the Bucktown community by teaching at the same school that her children attend.  Adrienne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, running, reading, and cooking.  Adrienne grew up in Michigan and she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and later returned to MSU to complete her masters in Curriculum Development.  

    Contact Mrs. Ward

  • Third Grade

  • Ms. Alley

    Third Grade – Room 200

    Ms. Alley is thrilled to start the new school year! Together, we can do virtually anything! This is her eighth year at Pulaski, and seventh year teaching 3rd grade! This year she will be teaching humanities, which includes Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. Coming from a family of teachers, Ms. Alley is passionate about education. It is her goal to instill a love for learning in every student. She works hard to create authentic and engaging learning experiences, as well as a caring classroom community built on connection, empathy, and inclusion. Ms. Alley makes it a priority to give students a voice and choice in their learning, and encourages her students to be curious and creative thinkers!  
    Ms. Alley grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Northwestern University where she received her bachelor’s in History. As a former NU lacrosse player, you’ll be sure to catch her cheering on the Cats! 🙂 Ms. Alley then worked on Obama’s ’08 campaign, which led her to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Obama Administration – both at the White House and U.S. Department of Education. Then, she received her masters in Elementary Education at Northwestern University, with a middle school endorsement in social studies. Outside of school, Ms. Alley enjoys running, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends! During the summer of 2020, Ms. Alley did a lot of reading and played a lot of golf!  Ms. Alley is a proud resident of Bucktown, so you may see her around town or running on the 606! She is confident that it will be a fun, adventurous, and successful school year!!

    Contact Ms. Alley

  • Ms. Barbosa

    Third Grade – Room 204

    This is Ms. Barbosa 9th year of teaching at Pulaski International School of Chicago. She has taught 5th grade for 7 years and is returning to 3rd grade for the second time of her teaching career. Ms. Barbosa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is working on her Master’s degree for TESOL. In her spare time, Ms. Barbosa loves to read, dance, bake, and spend quality time with her family.  Last year Ms. Barbosa traveled to Europe for two months and she believes that learning is an adventure, which she wants to take her students on. 

    Contact Ms. Barbosa

  • Ms. Freedman

    Third Grade – Room 208

    This is Ms. Freedman’s 2nd year at Pulaski, and 5th year teaching 3rd grade in CPS! Ms. Freedman received her bachelors from Temple University in Philadelphia and her Masters of Teaching with bilingual and ESL endorsements from Dominican University. Along with education, Ms. Freedman’s other passions are yoga (she is a certified yoga instructor and teaches vinyasa classes and practices acroyoga in her free time), cooking (Ms. Freedman has been a vegetarian since she was 8 years old and loves trying new cuisines), traveling (she has visited 11 countries on 5 continents including spending a semester studying in Barcelona and a summer teaching in India), reading and spending time outdoors, especially by the water or on a mountain. During the summer of 2020, Ms. Freedman found a new love of camping! In Ms. Freedman’s class you can expect social justice lessons, mindfulness techniques and collaborative communication practices in her desire to support students as leaders in their own educational journey and foster active global citizenship.This year will present many new challenges, but through perseverance, inquiry, collaboration and open communication this can be a transformative 3rd grade year! Ms. Freedman lives in Lakeview with her fiancee and very loud cat, PD.

    Contact Ms. Freedman

  • Ms. Berdis

    Third Grade – Room 209

    My name is Ms. Berdis and I’m excited to be teaching 3rd grade this year! I believe that every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can be! I enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through their education. I believe every child should be valued, treated with respect, and enjoy learning every day.

    Growing up with two parents who were teachers, they both instilled in me a love for learning. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and then continued on to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Governor’s State University. I have continued pursuing my educational dreams and recently earned my English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement this fall. During my down time, I enjoy doing Crossfit, playing with my dog Payton, spend time at my lake house with family and friends and traveling! I recently had the opportunity to visit London, Ireland, and Iceland, and I’m already planning my next adventure! I look forward to being part of the Pulaski team and look forward to an amazing year in 3rd grade!!

    Contact Ms. Berdis

  • Fourth Grade

  • Mr. Klein

    Fourth Grade – Room 203

    Mr. Klein received his undergraduate in Marketing from Ramapo College in 2001. and his MAT from National Louis in 2012. This is Mr. Klein’s ninth year teaching, and his sixth at Pulaski International. Mr. Klein has lived in Chicago for the past 16 years with his wife and two children. When he’s not teaching, Mr. Klein enjoys traveling, spending time with his friends and family, as well as DJing all types of music. Mr. Klein is passionate about reaching all of his students and their different learning modalities.

    Contact Mr. Klein

  • Ms. Sompheth

    Fourth Grade – Room 206

    Mrs. Sompheth is looking forward to learning and growing alongside her students as we kick off the school year virtually. This is her seventh year at Pulaski and ninth year teaching in CPS. This year she will be teaching Humanities, which includes the subjects of Reading, Writing and Social Studies. Mrs. Sompheth is passionate about instilling a love of reading and inquiry in her students. She believes in the power of student choice and enjoys engaging her students in project-based learning, empowering them to take ownership of their learning. 

    Mrs. Sompheth lives in the South Loop with her husband and two precious dogs — Mac, a 12-year old Chihuahua and Fawkes, an 11-year old Husky. Mrs. Sompheth grew up in Champaign and graduated from the University of Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Arts in Teaching. She taught English in South Korea for two years before moving to Chicago. In her leisure time, she loves reading, knitting, and walking her dogs. This summer she has enjoyed dining out at so many wonderful restaurant patios in Chicago. She looks forward to traveling internationally again (hopefully) someday soon! She tries her best to maintain her mental and physical health through daily exercise, yoga and meditation. Mrs. Sompheth is looking forward to another fantastic year at Pulaski teaching action-minded learners.

    Contact Ms. Sompheth

  • Mr. Araujo

    Fourth – Room 211

    Mr. Araujo is excited to teach Fourth Grade at Pulaski International School, and is celebrating his 11th year teaching! 

    Mr. Araujo is a native of the Chicago-land area, and has completed his undergraduate studies in Secondary Education and History at DePaul University, and has completed coursework for a graduate degree in K-12 Bilingual Education from The American College of Education. Having previously taught second grade for three years, and 8 years teaching Kindergarten; he is prepared to engage students at all points in his students’ academic careers with a wealth of experience. 

    As a classroom teacher, Mr. Araujo a huge advocate of literacy, technology, and fostering our students’ home cultures in the classroom to motivate student learning. Using a variety of multi-modal approaches to target specific learning styles, he brings enthusiasm in learning through videos, games, music, and in other hands-on and student-centered ways.

    Mr. Araujo resides in Avondale with his wife Ashley and his teeny toddler, Caspian. In his spare time he likes to play guitar, tinker with computers, and can be seen riding his bicycle all over the city. 

    Contact Mr. Araujo

  • Ms. Rodriguez

    Fourth Grade – Room 213

    Ms. Rodriguez is this year’s 4th grade Gifted Bilingual teacher and couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming school year!

    Ms. Rodriguez graduated from DePaul University with a M.Ed in Elementary Education. She is also endorsed in Social Science, Spanish, and Bilingual education.  Prior to this she obtained her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated Cum Laud from the Honors College.

    On her free time, Ms. Rodriguez loves to travel and learn about different places and cultures from around the world. She hopes to instill this international mindset into her students and show how we are an interconnected global society.

    She is looking forward to an exciting year full of questioning, researching, and analyzing to help students become critical thinkers and global life long learners.

    Contact Ms. Rodriguez

  • Fifth Grade

  • Ms. Jonas

    Fifth Grade – Room 304

    My name is Mrs. Jonas and this is my second year teaching at Pulaski. Before teaching in CPS, I taught in the Cicero Public Schools for 8 years. My bachelor’s degree was in Elementary Education from Bradley University and I got my master’s in Bilingual-Bicultural Education from Northeastern Illinois University. I grew up in Chicago and have spent many years living here, but also lived abroad in The Gambia, Costa Rica, and India. In my free time, I like to go camping and hiking but my absolute favorite thing to do is curl up somewhere with a good book!

    Contact Ms. Jonas

  • Mrs. Padilla

    Fifth Grade – Room 310

    Welcome to 5th grade! My name is Mrs. Padilla, and this will be my 21st year of teaching at Pulaski. I taught 4th grade for two years and the rest of my teaching experience has been in the 5th grade, almost entirely in the gifted bilingual program. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Reading. I enjoy integrating the arts into the curriculum and finding new ways to facilitate trans-disciplinary learning in the classroom to support the school’s IB program. The social-emotional health of my students is a priority, so mindfulness practices are integrated into the curriculum every day.  Learning is a life-long journey, and I’d like to inspire this love of learning in my students. 
    In my spare time, I love to travel, bake, and spend quality time with my family. On most weekends, you will find me at a soccer game, enthusiastically cheering on my sons, Javier and Andres, while they play for the Chicago Fire Juniors.

    Contact Mrs. Padilla

  • Ms. Sheley

    Fifth Grade – Room 312

    Ms. Sheley is ecstatic to join the Pulaski team this year! Ms. Sheley focuses on creating a nurturing environment where all students feel supported to become risk takers. Ms. Sheley integrates mindful and restorative practices within daily instruction, and she believes in engaging students in project and inquiry based learning. She hopes to instill a love for learning, literacy, and inquiry within her students, so they become lifelong learners. 

    Ms. Sheley graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and an endorsement in reading. Currently, Ms. Sheley is pursuing a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. This will be Ms. Sheley’s third year teaching in Chicago Public Schools. 

    In her free time, Ms. Sheley enjoys trying new restaurants or cooking healthy recipes. You may spot Ms. Sheley running, as this is one of her new favorite hobbies! Ms. Sheley relaxes by taking yoga classes or getting lost in mystery novels. When there are breaks in the school year, Ms. Sheley travels to escape in nature and experience new cultures. 

    During this unpredictable time, Ms. Sheley hopes to provide constant communication and a positive outlook to support learners and families navigate through remote learning.

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    Contact Ms. Sheley

  • Ms. Tryboski

    Fifth Grade – Room 314

    Ms. Tryboski is excited to be starting this year as a 5th grade Humanities teacher at Pulaski International School of Chicago.  Ms. Tryboski graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Major in Elementary Education and a minor in Anthropology. She returned to school to complete a Master’s Degree in Reading, and received a Gifted and ESL Endorsement.  Ms. Tryboski has been working for Chicago Public Schools for 22 years, focusing primarily on instruction in grades fourth and fifth.

    Ms. Tryboski enjoys reading, spending time with family, arts and crafts, and traveling.  Before pursuing education, Ms. Tryboski was a travel agent and has had the opportunity to travel the world enjoying architecture and learning about different cultures and history.

    Contact Ms. Tryboski

  • Sixth Grade

  • Ms. Issen

    Sixth Grade – Room 300

    Ms. Issen teaches 6th grade math and language & literature.  This year is her third at Pulaski and fifth year teaching in Chicago. Ms. Issen has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bradley University. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, bike riding and catching up on TV shows. Although she has no pets, she loves cats and dogs.

    Contact Ms. Issen

  • Ms. Adame

    Sixth Grade – Room 302

    Mrs. Adame teaches MYP 1 Individuals & Societies and Language & Literature in Room 302.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in Bilingual Education.  She is a product of the Chicago Public School system and graduated from Pulaski.  She is happy to give back to the Saber community and looks forward to the new school year. Mrs. Adame is married and has two amazing kids who she loves spending time with.  In her spare time, she loves to read and watch Netflix (Stranger Things!!). =)

    Contact Ms Adame

  • Ms. Abdallah

    Sixth Grade – Room 306

    Ms. Abdallah will be teaching 6th grade Science and Language Arts at Pulaski International School of Chicago. This will be her sixth year teaching in CPS. Ms. Abdallah graduated from Northeastern Illinois University, in which she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Middle School endorsements in Science, Language Arts, and Social Science. Ms. Abdallah went on to obtain a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in English as a Second Language at the University of St. Francis. During her free time, Ms. Abdallah enjoys reading, going on walks, and spending time with family and friends. 

    Contact Ms. Abdallah

  • Seventh Grade

  • Ms. McNamara

    Seventh Grade – Room 301

    Welcome to a new school year. Ms. McNamara is very excited to be teaching 7th grade Language Arts and Math this year at Pulaski. This is her 11th year teaching at Pulaski, prior to that Ms. McNamara taught in Pilsen. Ms. McNamara has been teaching Math in CPS for the past 18 years and she is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Math. Ms. McNamara grew up on the south side of Chicago, graduated high school from Mother McCauley and attended Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana, where Ms. McNamara earned her degree in business administration. In 2002, Ms. McNamara earned her type 09 teaching degree from National Louis University. 

    Ms. McNamara believes that the middle school years are challenging years that ask students to not only increase his/her skills and knowledge, but to independently demonstrate skills acquired, explain strategies used, and support ideas with references from the text and other resources. She believes that these skills will help create global learners. Ms. McNamara enjoys spending time with family and friends, is an avid reader and enjoys traveling.

    Contact Ms. McNamara

  • Mrs. Hai Syed

    Seventh grade – Room 305

    This is Mrs. Hai Syed’s 7th year at Pulaski International School as a 7th grade Language Arts and Individuals & Societies teacher. Prior to Pulaski, Mrs. Hai Syed taught 6th-8th grade Humanities and 9th-11th grade World History, US History, and Global Studies for over 17 years in the Chicago Public Schools system. Ms. Hai Syed’s extensive experience in teaching high school has served as an asset for her middle school students by preparing them with the skill-sets required for the academic rigors of higher learning.

    Ms. Hai Syed grew up in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan (Hail!) where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Middle School Endorsement. Additionally, Mrs. Hai Syed attended National Louis University in Chicago to obtain a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction as well as a Type 09 Certificate to teach high school. 

    Ms. Hai Syed is a big advocate of a healthy mind and body! She has been a track and field and cross country coach for most of her years at CPS and is an avid runner herself. Mrs. Hai Syed has completed two Chicago marathons and competes in various races throughout the year. Mrs. Hai Syed is also a dedicated yogi and enjoys cuddling up with a good book to unwind.  

    Contact Mrs. Hai Syed

  • Ms. Reardon

    Seventh Grade – Room 307

    Ms. Reardon (married name appears on CPS email as Reardon Carroll) is in her tenth year teaching at Pulaski International School of Chicago as a 7th grade Life Science and Language Arts Teacher.  Prior to Pulaski, she taught Kindergarten, 4th grade, and 6th grade for 5 years in the Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Reardon grew up on the north side of Chicago and graduated high school from Loyola Academy in Wilmette. She attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison and earned a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. In her first three years of teaching Ms. Reardon worked to obtain her Bilingual and ESL endorsements as well as her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on ESL and Bilingual Education.  She is endorsed in Language Arts, Social Studies, Spanish, and Science at the middle school level. 

    Ms. Reardon married her husband, Mark, in October 2017 and has an almost 2 year old daughter, Maeve. Ms. Reardon has completed several Chicago Marathons and Triathlons and enjoys running and working out in her free time.  She is very close to her family as they all still reside in Chicago.  She is also an avid fan of Big Ten Football and Basketball. Go Badgers!

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  • Eighth Grade

  • Mrs. Jackson

    Eighth Grade – Room 303

    Mrs. Jackson teaches 8th grade MYP 3 Science & Language A. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction. Mrs. Jackson holds Illinois Endorsements in Science, Language Arts, and Social Science education. She enjoys traveling, reading, snow skiing and spectator sports. Mrs. Jackson is also a big fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. In both Science & Language A, students will participate in interactive activities which utilize a variety of teaching strategies including cooperative learning, the writing process, academic vocabulary and the use of technology. 

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  • Ms. Jimenez

    Eighth Grade – Room 309

    Welcome to 8th grade at Pulaski International School of Chicago! Ms. Jimenez teaches Algebra 1 and Language Arts. She has been teaching at Pulaski for 23 years. Ms. Jimenez has a Master of Education degree from Columbia College Chicago and a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Spanish Literature from Loyola University Chicago. She is endorsed in middle school math, Algebra 1, Language Arts and Spanish. Ms. Jimenez lived in Madrid, Spain for two years and learned the importance of international mindedness. Living among Europeans and transplanted South Americans truly opened her eyes to the value of diverse perspectives and basic global awareness. As an educator she is excited about the prospect of fostering international mindedness in the classroom so that Pulaski’s youth are better equipped for the challenges of a global community.

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  • Mrs. Williams

    Eighth Grade – Room 311

    Mrs. Williams teaches all MYP year 3 Individuals & Societies and Writing classes at Pulaski International School of Chicago in Room 311. This will be her 15th year teaching in CPS. She has a Master of Education degree from DePaul University in Curriculum and Social Science, and she is a National Board Certified teacher in social studies/history. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is an exciting addition to the middle school grades at Pulaski and students will have the opportunity to use their classroom inquiry to make global connections. Mrs. Williams is available via email at  Please feel free to email her with questions/concerns regarding 8th grade information.

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