Our Teachers and Staff

Administration

Mira Weber – Principal
Michele McNally – Assistant Principal
David Rench – IB Coordinator Designate

Instructional Staff

Taylor Christensen – ESL Endorsed
Melissa Swanson – National Board Certified
Lisa Starring
Carly Wallace
Freeda Pirillis – National Board Certified,
Hope Street Fellow

Katherine Hosanna
Stefanie Curry
Akemi Taguchi
Neil Mikota
Cathy Fitzsimons
Tiffany Mohiser
Hillary Welsh
Meg Esterling
Lauren Fish
Amy Correa – ESL Endorsed
Josie Pierson
Maryanne Flanigan
Toni Robertson
Christine Alvarado
Esther Velazquez – ESL Endorsed
Rebecca Rosenberg
Mary Peasley
Pam Hoffman
Beth Rice – Reading Specialist
Kelsey Altieri
Rachel Feldkamp
Marosa Kachaochana
Meg Tanabe – Reading Specialist, ESL Endorsed
Julie Hines-Lyman – National Board Certified, Reading Specialist
Calli Leventis
Nicholas Hall – Reading Specialist
Jan Heyn-Cubacub

Main Office

Marilyn Caro – Clerk
Charles Harris – Security

Professional Support

Julie Anderson – Counselor
Dwayne Adams – Psychologist
Dana McNichols – Speech Pathologist
Jenelle Harden – Social Worker
Thomas Liberto – Occupational Therapist
Rodney Weir – Physical Therapist

Paraprofessionals

Connie Cardenas
Luis Figueroa
Christian Foy
Estrella Hernandez
Susie Jackson
Theodora Kontos
Sandy Lopez
Martha Maldonado
Mark Stoga
Joe Tinich

 

Classrooms

Visit our classrooms page for a listing of classroom websites.

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Meet Our Principal

Mira Weber, Principal

Mira first became interested in education very early in life. Her father was an avid reader and read to her daily. He spent hours with her at libraries and would ensure that no matter what the day held there was time for a good book. When Mira was three, her twin siblings were born three months premature and Mira watched both of her parents advocate fiercely for the special education services they both received. Throughout life her father, instilled in her the firm belief that education is the key to success, it should be available to all students and it should be designed to fit their individual needs.

Mira began her career with CPS as a special education teacher. She has had the rare but special opportunity to teach in the same school that she is now principal. At Agassiz Mira has taught special education for middle school and general education for primary age students. She has proudly served as the Agassiz principal for the past nine years and is honored to call herself an Agassiz parent of two boys.

Entering her tenth year in this role, Agassiz is in a completely different place than it was when she started. Today it is among the top performing schools within CPS and an International Baccalaureate candidate school. Mira credits the collaboration between staff, parents and community for the gains made over her administrative tenure. Mira’s vision includes fostering team cohesion amongst staff and parents to help students grow. To her, the true measurement of student growth is whether the school has fulfilled its promise to develop students into life long learners by cultivating their positive distinctions whether they be academics, arts, or athletics.

Meet Our Assistant Principal

Michele McNally, Assistant Principal

Michele has worked as an elementary school teacher since 1989, and the last 24 of those years have been at Agassiz School. She has taught in several different capacities: primary grades, low incidence program (students diagnosed with autism), media center and as IB coordinator. Michele says she has thoroughly enjoyed all her roles at Agassiz and is committed to all the students and families, and is very fortunate to have moved into the role of assistant principal this year.

On an interesting note, Michele met her husband at Agassiz, who started his teaching career as a substitute in our school. Their two children, Michael and Meghan, attend Agassiz and can't say enough about all the wonderful things that teachers in every grade and subject have done for them.
Agassiz prides itself on providing a strong academic, artistic, and athletic foundation for students. As the assistant principal, Michele looks forward to supporting those expectations, and creating a positive experience for all students.