Niles North

Sarah Barney

Email: sarbar@d219.org
Website: Mrs. Barney's Website
Phone Number: (847) 626-2237
Bio:  Mrs. Barney is a 1999 graduate of Saint Mary's College in Indiana with a BA in mathematics and a minor in secondary education.  She earned an MA in Educational Leadership in 2005 and achieved National Board Certification in 2009.  Mrs. Barney's favorite thing to do is hang out with her husband, a social studies teacher at Maine West, and their two sons. 

James Behling

Email: jambeh@d219.org
Website:Mr Behling's Homepage
Phone Number: 847-626-2451 
Bio: Mr. Behling graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  After 18+ years with Accenture, he changed careers and became a math teacher.  He earned a Masters in Teaching & Learning from DePaul University in 2009.  Mr. Behling and his wife have two daughters and one cat.

  Gary Chu

Email: garchu@d219.org
Website: http://url.d219.org/garchu
Phone Number: (847) 626-2743
Bio: 
Gary Chu started his collegiate career as a biology and chemistry major at Loyola University Chicago, though eventually found his calling for mathematics education after his third year of school (better late than never, right?). He transferred to Northeastern Illinois University, where he earned his degree with honors in mathematics, secondary education. Gary has been teaching in D219 since 2011, and has been involved in extracurricular activities such as Relay For Life, Filipino Club, as well as contributing to the Niles Herald-Spectator (and other local Sun-Times affiliates). Gary enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, and you can regularly spot them walking around their neighborhood home in Skokie. Aside from teaching, Gary is a self-proclaimed epicurean and gourmand, and can often be found at the latest restaurant opening around the city.

   Sean Delahanty

Email: seadel@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/delahantymath/
Phone Number: (847) 626- 2752
Bio: Mr. Delahanty knew pretty early on that he wanted to teach high school math because in addition to loving math and kids, he loves so many other things.  That is probably why he is currently involved with coaching math team and the Biking Vikings!  Mr. Delahanty's teaching career has given him a wide variety of experience.  He first taught in rural Louisiana and then at an all boys private Catholic school in Chicago.  Mr. Delahanty finally found a home here in Skokie where he has taught for the last 12 years.  Cajun cooking, mountain biking and solving good math problems are some of his favorite hobbies. Says Mr. Delahanty, "It continues to be my privilege to serve the students and parents of this great community."

  Christine Erickson

Email: chreri@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/mrs-christine-erickson/home
Phone Number: (847) 626-2253
Bio: Christy graduated from Lake Forest College with a BA in Secondary Education, a BA in Mathematics and a minor/endorsement in Music. She continued her studies as she began teaching and earned an MA in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University followed by an MA in Gifted Education from Northeastern University. She has served in many capacities around the school including AMC coordinator, Math Team coach, Class Board, and chaired several School Improvement Committees. She has a passion for teaching and a zeal for life. Christy is grateful for every new day that she can enjoy her fabulous husband, two beautiful little girls, great church and church family, artful mathematics, and diverse workplace. After all, when you find something that you love doing, make it your life and you will never have to work.
  

 
Katherine France

Email: katfra@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/katherine-france/home
Phone Number: (847) 626-2239
Bio:  Ms. France has been teaching at Niles North High School since 1994. Having become a teacher following a career in business and engineering, she earned her B.S. from the University of Illinois in Business with a specialization in Marketing and her M.S. from the University of Illinois in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Operations Research. One of her favorite things to do is to scour the New York Times for wonderful sources of data, survey results, survey interpretations and great stories about experimental design -- and then bring these stories to her students to expand their thinking, questioning and synthesizing abilities. According to Ms. France, diving into a data set and trying to make sense of it is one of the most enjoyable things you can do in life! Her greatest wish is to encourage her students to have a passion for questioning, wondering, hypothesizing, experimenting, sampling and life-long learning. The students of Niles North High School are future leaders of our world and it is a great honor to be their teacher.


Arielle Galante

Phone Number: 847-626-2252
            Bio:  Arielle earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University last year and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami                 in 2010. Arielle finished covering a maternity leave last month at Northbrook Junior High, where she taught 6th grade. She completed                         her student teaching at Fenton High School in Bensenville, after having spent about four years substituting at various districts and realizing that              she really enjoys teaching math. Arielle is a harpist, jazz vocalist and songwriter. Even more, she is a graduate of Niles North, and                                 coincidentally, one of Shana’s former students. Arielle will be teaching Shana’s 2nd and 3rd period classes for the remainder of the school                     year. Shana’s former students. Arielle will be teaching Shana’s 2nd and 3rd period classes for the remainder of the school year.

 Shoshana Goldman

Email: shogol@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/goldman/home
Phone Number: (847)626-2223
Bio:  Ms. Goldman began her teaching career at Niles North in 1996 after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and her Type 09 Secondary Education Teaching Certificate. After her first year of teaching, she enrolled in the Master of Arts in Mathematics Education program at DePaul University Chicago, and graduated with distinction in 2000.  Upon earning her Master’s degree, Ms. Goldman was offered an adjunct mathematics faculty position at DePaul University where she taught evening classes for the next six years in addition to teaching full-time at Niles North.  In 2006, Ms. Goldman received a second graduate degree, a Master of Arts in School Leadership, and a Type 75 Administrative Certificate. While she has the credentials to pursue an administrative position, Ms. Goldman enjoys teaching. Thus, her most recent pursuit has been the attainment of National Board Certification in 2009.

 Tina (Helms) Nocella

Email: tinhel@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/miss-helms-website/
Phone Number: (847) 626-2217
Bio: 
Mrs. Nocella has had the pleasure of teaching at Niles North since 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in Secondary Mathematics Education and has a minor in Spanish. Mrs. Nocella is currently pursuing her Master's from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Nocella also loves sponsoring Dance Marathon, reading, mathematics research, technology, and baking

 Ankur Joshi

Email: ankjos@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/ankur-joshi-website/home
Phone Number: 847-626-2251
Bio:  Mr. Joshi graduated from Niles West High School in 1996. He earned all of his current degrees from Loyola University Chicago starting with a B.S. in Mathematics in 2000, accompanied by minors in Philosophy and Statistics (also completed Pre-Med, it’s a cultural thing). He earned a Departmental Honors in Mathematics and in turn went on and earned an M.S. in Pure Mathematics in 2001. After teaching part time as an adjunct professor at Elgin Community College and Daley College he went on and earned his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Math Education in 2005. Mr. Joshi has been working at Niles North since 2005 and apart from the grading, he loves his career!

 Amy Koning

Email: amykon@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/amy-koning/
Phone Number: 847-626-2231
Bio:  Mrs. Koning was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV.  She earned her BA from the University of Nevada in Reno in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics and Spanish.  She earned her MEd. in Administration from DePaul University in Chicago and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in River Forest.  She has been teaching at Niles North for 13 years and has been involved in various extra-curricular activities such as Relay for Life, Homecoming, Senior Class Board, and Student Association.  She loves being part of such an exciting district as D219 because of all of the progressive learning opportunities, and she embraces the fact that she is a lifelong learner.  She loves teaching, spending time with her family, traveling, reading and anything to do with Chicago.  Mrs. Koning always tries to share her desire to learn with her students.

  Shawn Martin

Email: shamar@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/mrmartin/
Phone Number: 847-626-2225
Bio:  Mr. Martin was born and raised in Skokie, IL and attended Niles North High School. After high school, he attended the University of Michigan on a gymnastics scholarship and received a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He then attended Northeastern Illinois University and earned a Masters in Mathematics. Mr. Martin taught five years at Fenton High School in Bensenville, IL and has been at Niles North since 2008.

 Richard Meyer

Email: ricmey@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/ricmey/
Phone Number: 847-626-2226
Bio: Mr. Meyer grew up in Prospects Height, IL.  He attended Wheeling High School and did his undergraduate work at Arizona State University.  He served as the school mascot (Sparky the Sun Devil) for a year and a half, during college.  He did his graduate work at Loyola University, Chicago.  He began teaching high school mathematics at Warren High School, Gurnee. He has called Niles North his second home since the fall of 2006.  He is also the Head Coach of the Boys Gymnastics Program.


Ryan Murphy

Email: ryamur@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/mr-murphy-s-math-website/
Phone Number: 847-626-2228

Bio: Mr. Murphy started teaching in the fall of 2005 and has been excited to call Niles North home since the fall of 2012. He previously taught for two years at the Chicago High School for the Arts and five years in Iowa.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in science and endorsement to teach secondary education mathematics from Mt. St. Clare College (now Ashford University) and his Master’s Degree from DePaul University in curriculum and instruction.  Mr. Murphy is currently an assistant coach with Boys Basketball at Niles North.  In addition,  Mr. Murphy enjoys sports, the arts, travel, and concerts.

Catherine (Katie) Myers

   Email: catmye@d219.org
Website: http://url.d219.org/catmye
Phone Number: 847-626-2458
Bio:  Catherine (Katie) Myers. Katie is an enthusiastic and thoughtful educator with seven years experience at Nichols Middle School in Evanston. She is a graduate of both Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelors in Mathematics Education, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned a Masters in Urban Policy Studies. Katie has deep interest in creating investigative lessons that promote group work, inquiry and deep levels of conceptual understanding. She creates a classroom environment that demands conversation, exploration, and persistence in problem solving. She is a strong advocate for social justice both within her classroom walls and throughout the community. She shares her love of teaching with college basketball, live music, her dog, and traveling abroad.


   Danny Newman

Phone Number: 847-626-2229 
Bio: Mr. Newman is a graduate of Evanston High School, UIC, and NEIU.  He has endorsements in ESL & Bilingual Education.  He is sponsor of the Bicycle Club. Mr. Newman lived in South America and is fluent in Spanish. He also enjoys bikes, basketball, and travel.

Crystal Penn

Email: crypen@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/crypen/
Phone Number: 847-626-2232
Bio: Crystal comes to us most recently from Willowbrook High School where she has been teaching math since 2009.  A Golden Apple Scholar, Crystal earned her BS in mathematics at Illinois Wesleyan University where she was a teaching assistant, math tutor, and member of the Math Society, the Black Student Union, Intercultural Leadership Alliance and another club that promotes awareness of issues multicultural women face.  Crystal is an educator who is committed to bringing out the voices of our historically most under-served students and who is passionate about the potential in all students.  Her experience includes creating an after-school tutoring center, creating a hip hop dance team, coaching girls' softball, and frequently attending workshops to aid in her professional development.

 David Ruth

Email: davrut@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/mrruth/
Phone Number: 847-626-2227
Bio:  Mr. Ruth earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL and has Master's Degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. He began his career at Maine East H.S., then taught at Loyola Academy, and has been teaching Math at Niles North since 1996. Mr. Ruth also teaches the AP Computer Science courses and has developed a college-level curriculum for an unprecedented course in Video Game Programming. Students in this course are creating web based games in Java, PC games that use the Wii remote as well as the Xbox Kinect sensor, four player games for our originally designed arcade cabinet, and several are creating games for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

 
Cecilia Serrano

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/cecser/
Phone Number: (847) 626-2214
Bio: Mrs. Serrano graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Secondary Math Education.  She also earned an endorsement in Middle School Education.  For the lat two years, Mrs. Serrano has worked with students from low income families to prepare them for the academic challenges of a university education.

 Matt Sokolowski

Email: matsok@niles219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/matsok/
Phone Number: 847-626-2238
Bio: Mr. Sokolowski earned a  B.S. in Mathematics Education, with a minor in Political Science, from Illinois State University in 1999 after earning an A.S. degree from William Rainey Harper College in Palatine Illinois.  He then started his teaching career at Lake Zurich High School and later moved to Niles North, where he has been teaching since 2000.  While teaching at Niles North, Mr. Soklowski has earned an M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Northern Illinois University and an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership (Type-75 degree) through Northeastern Illinois University.  Mr. Sokolowski coached football at Niles North for ten years and baseball for two years.  Most of his time outside of school is spent enjoying time with his wife and three young boys.  Together they enjoy fishing, water sports, biking, playing sports, traveling, skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, and many other outdoor activities. 

  Lisa Stone

Email: lissto@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/lissto/
Phone Number: 847-626-2224
Bio:  Ms. Stone joined District 219 in 2004 after teaching in District 128 for eleven years.  She earned both a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in School Administration from Northwestern University.  Ms. Stone spends her free time (what little of it exists) scrapbooking the many events shared with her wonderful, big family.

  Andy Swedberg

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/andswe/
Phone Number: 847-626-2234
Bio: Mr. Swedberg has been teaching young adults at Niles North since 1994 using the field of mathematics as an inspirational tool.  Mr. Swedberg graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and has earned three additional Master's degrees in Education, Administration and Counseling over the past several years.  He has recently figured out the answer to the question that so many members of teenage nation ask:  "When am I ever going to use this math?"  He is proof that you NEVER know.  As a 1982 graduate of Niles North, Mr. Swedberg has one more thing to say:  "Go Vikings!!"

   Georgia (Makris) Taxakis

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/geotax/
Phone Number: 847-626-2219

Bio: Mrs. Taxakis graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in Math Education and a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in Secondary Education.  She earned a Masters of Arts with Distinction from DePaul University in Math Education in 2011. Mrs. Taxakis has been at Niles North since 2008 and has had the opportunity to work with an amazing staff and student body. She is currently the Niles North Hellenic Club Sponsor and the Girls JV Soccer Coach.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, decorating, and dancing with the Orpheus Folkloric Society all over Chicago, America, and Greece!  OPA! Mrs. Taxakis believes that nothing can ever stop you from achieving your dreams.  Whatever you put your mind to, you can do!

Jody Trapani

Email: jodtra@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/jodtra/
Phone Number: 847-626-2218
Bio:  Mrs. Trapani graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education.  She earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently working on a certification to teach English language learners mathematics.  She has been a teacher at Niles North for the past 9 years and bleeds purple and white like only a former cheerleading coach can.  Mrs. Trapani lives in the northwest suburbs with her husband, two little girls, two dogs, and two cats.


   Nevin Van Roeyen

Email: nevvan@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/nevvan/
Phone Number: 847-626-2230
Bio:

Dav
id Wartowski

Email: davwar@d219.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/wartowski_algebra1/
Phone Number: 847-626-2270
Bio: David Wartowski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Economics from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Education from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. David has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, AP Statistics, Writing, Social Studies, AVID and Database Architecture. He holds a Type 75 School Leadership certificate and a Type 9 Teaching certificate with dual certification in math and economics. David began teaching in South Central Los Angeles in the year 2000 after a brief career as a management consultant and is proud to call himself a Niles North Viking. David is currently teaching Algebra 


Ellen Ho (Para)

Email: ellho@d219.org
Phone Number: (847) 626-2216
Bio: Ellen Ho graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Math, certification in Secondary Education, and Minor in French. She is starting her second year as a math paraprofessional at Niles North High School and will be co-sponsoring Chinese Club.  Her hobbies and interests include anime, cats, traveling, and music to name a few.  She strongly believes that the sky's the limit as far as what you can do, so just go for it!

  John Nasshan 

Email:  johnas@d219.org
Phone Number: (847) 626-2463
Bio: John graduated from Bradley University in 2014 with an Education Degree and a concentration in Mathematics. He is very excited to begin his career at Niles North High School. John was a graduate of Niles West High School and will also be coaching baseball at Niles West this year. 


Arlene Sagan

Phone Number: (847) 626-2213
Bio: Ms. Sagan has joined Niles North as a Math Paraprofessional in our algebra and geometry classrooms.  Formerly Dr. Sagan, retired from a rewarding career in medical practice to allow for more involvement with her children during their middle and high school years, while preparing to become a math teacher.  She had teaching experience in mathematics prior to her medical training, and returned to math teaching as a volunteer tutor and a paid instructor at a private high school in recent years.  Ms. Sagan embarks upon her second career with enthusiasm, eager to combine her lifelong love of mathematics with her dedication to teaching.  Along with teaching, Ms.Sagan enjoys bird watching, family gatherings, jogging, biking and gardening.

Anne Wadzinski

Email:  annwad@d219.org
Phone Number: (847) 626-2463
Bio:  Anne Wadzinski joins the math team at Niles North this year as a paraprofessional. Anne grew up in Bloomington,Indiana and went on to                                      graduate from Indiana University in 2013 with a Bachelors in Mathematics Education. After moving to Chicago in 2013 and working at a Catholic                                  school in the city, she is ecstatic to join the Viking community this year at Niles North. Outside of school she enjoys exploring her new Chicago                                  home, Netflix marathons with her cat, Monkey, and rooting for her Indiana Hoosiers. 

Joseph Yim

Email:  josyim@d219.org
Phone Number: (847) 626-2463
Bio: Mr. Yim graduated from UIC with a BA in Urban Education and a concentration in Mathematics. Although he has graduated from Niles                                         West he very excited to be part of the Niles North family. He is currently a Mathematics paraprofessional and also an assistant varsity football                                     coach. His hobbies include coaching, watching, and playing football, barbecuing, and spending time with friends and family."