Meet the LRC Staff

Mrs. Katie Contreras

Library Information Specialist

Mrs. Contreras is in her second year as our school librarian. Previously, she taught C of C LA for two years at Emerson and spent another six years teaching language arts before coming to District 64. Her main roles include encouraging a love of reading in students, developing a strong collection that represents student interest and the curriculum, and teaching information literacy skills among different media. Mrs. Contreras holds a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Mrs. Alice Beauvais

Library Assistant

Mrs. Beauvais is in her fourth year at Emerson. She enjoys seeing all the middle school students each morning and assisting them with all their projects. When she is not in school, she enjoys being with her family, running, biking, yoga, and of course, relaxing with a good book.

Mrs. Beth Rihtar - website

Instructional Technology Coach

Mrs. Rihtar is in her fifth year with D64 as an Instructional Tech Coach and her 23rd year of teaching. Her main role includes coaching staff with technology integration in the classroom . She has her Bachelor of Music from DePauw University, a certificate of advanced study in Instructional Coaching from Northwestern University, and graduate work from Purdue University and Colorado State-- Pueblo. She is a Google Certified Educator and a certified EdTechTeam Teacher Leader.

Mr. Dan Pacurar


Mr. Pacurar has worked in the D64 Technology Department for over 9 years. His main roles at Emerson are repairing student devices and maintaining technology equipment throughout the building. He also serves as a District Technologist throughout D64.