Diverse Learners

  • 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.

  • Diverse Learners

  • Ms. Grober

    Diverse Learners – Room 012

    Ms. Grober is excited for her second year of teaching at Pulaski!! Ms.Grober has taught diverse learners for 7 years and is up to the challenge of teaching remote! She believes in building an environment in which all students feel confident and respected. Ms. Grober received a B.S. from Marquette University in 2010 and a Masters Degree in Community Mental Health/Special Education Support from Duquesne University in 2012. Before teaching, Ms. Grober worked with individuals with disabilities in an array of positions: Academic Therapist, Community Support Therapist, Case Manager, Early Intervention ABA Tutor, and Milieu Therapist at a psychiatric hospital. These experiences prior to teaching gave Ms. Grober tremendous insight on how to support students outside of the classroom. Ms. Grober enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and being outside (when the weather permits, haha). Ms. Grober looks forward to a unique school year!

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  • Ms. Gilson

    Diverse Learners – Room 012

    Ms. Gilson is a recent graduate from DePaul University with a BS in Special Education. She began teaching at Pulaski last year, teaching ELA resource for K-2nd grade and math for grades 1, 4, and 6! She is excited to continue her professional career at Pulaski International School of Chicago! Ms. Gilson completed her student teaching at Pulaski, and has grown to love and appreciate the students and staff who have played a pivotal role in her development as an educator. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Ms. Gilson ventured to Michigan to study special education for two and a half years at Central Michigan University, specializing in low incidence and cognitive disabilities, before transferring to DePaul where she completed her degree. Outside of school, Ms. Gilson’s interests include: spending time outdoors and the arts, particularly theatre, as she worked in lighting and technology for Central Michigan’s School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts. Ms. Gilson is eager to begin sharing ideas and collaborating with all of the Pulaski teachers, students, and families!

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  • Ms. Savin

    Diverse Learners – Room 012

    Ms. Savin is a former, experienced teacher from Romania and has received the M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University with high honors. She has also received the LBS1 and ESL/ BIL endorsements from the same university. Ms. Savin strongly believes that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education. She is committed to build a strong, positive learning community where all students are accepted, loved and celebrated for their own uniqueness.

    In her spare time, Ms. Savin enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, making artisan soap and spending time with her husband and their little daughter. 

    She is very happy to be a member of the Pulaski family and can’t wait to start working with such  amazing kids, parents, and colleagues.

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  • Ms. Furia

    Diverse Learners – Room 308

    Ms. Furia teaches diverse learners in elementary grades. She grew up in India and moved to the U.S. a few years ago. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Mumbai and a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia. Ms. Furia firmly believes in the importance of providing early special education services and interventions in order for every student to succeed. 

    When she is not working, Ms. Furia likes to cook and spend time with family. She also loves to travel and has visited several cities in the U.S. In addition to teaching all the academic subjects, Ms. Furia lives her passion for Chess by coaching the after school Chess Club. Ms. Furia is looking forward to finding innovative ways to teach students and support parents in the highly unusual circumstances that present this school year.

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  • Ms. Nolan-Spohn

    Diverse Learners – Room 313

    Ms. Nolan-Spohn teaches diverse learners, with an emphasis on middle school. Ms. Nolan-Spohn is passionate about supporting student voice and self-advocacy. She is the advisor for “Outside the Box,” Pulaski’s literary magazine. She holds a Bilingual/ESL endorsement from Roosevelt University, an MAT from National-Louis University, and a BS in Environmental Geoscience from Boston College. 

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  • Ms. Chang

    Diverse Learners – Room 

    Ms. Chang is originally from New York City. She received her Bachelor’s from Wesleyan University in Literature and Government. While in New York, she worked with several publishing houses as an Editor, and continued her editorial work when she moved to Chicago. She received her Master’s in Teaching from National-Louis University. This will be her 5th year at Pulaski as a Diverse Learner teacher. She enjoys growing vegetables in her container garden and playing with her rambunctious cats. Ms. Chang is ready to make the 2020-21 school year a collaborative learning experience for all of her kiddos!

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  • Mrs. Hirsch

    Diverse Learners – Room 214

    Mrs. Hirsch brings over 22 years of teaching experience to Pulaski.  She has taught in school systems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and now Chicago.   She has taught in every grade from 1-6 with a wide set of learners and school settings from inner city to suburban schools.  Mrs. Hirsch went to West Chester University in Pennsylvania and followed with graduate courses at Temple in Philadelphia and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  She is married and has three adult sons.   Out of school hours, she enjoys traveling, reading, sewing and trying new foods. 

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  • Ms. Henry

    Diverse Learners – Room 214

    Ms. Henry arrived at Pulaski to teach Diverse Learners in 2009 and has enjoyed working with a variety of grade levels over the years with a focus on 4th-8th. Ms. Henry loves to integrate her personal hobbies into her work and organize fun activities for the students. She directs the annual school play and talent show, coordinates Field Day and the OST programming, and facilitates the Saber Council and cooking clubs. She received her BA in English and German at Grinnell College in Iowa and MAT from National-Louis University. 

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  • Ms. Ruscitti

    Diverse Learners –

    Ms. Ruscitti grew up in Lithuania and has been living in Chicago for over 25 years! Prior to starting at Pulaski last February, she has taught diverse learners on the South Side of Chicago. She has high expectations for her students and works hard to support them. Ms. Ruscitti is excited to use her Wilson training to teach students with dyslexia. She has earned a B.A. degree in Sociology (Roosevelt) and M.A. in Special Education (NEIU).

    When not teaching, Ms. Ruscitti enjoys road trips, skiing, gardening, knitting and she loves reading! 

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