Meadowbrook Teacher Feature

Teacher Features
Posted on 09/08/2017
Teacher FeatureFeatured in the Meadowbrook Star, check out the profiles of our teachers, created by PTO President Julie Weinberg.
 Mr. Thome with wife and sons

Pat Thome has an admission to make.  “It’s sad to say,” concedes this avid Green Bay Packers fan, “but the Bears will beat the Packers on Sunday.  I would put money on it.”  He’s even predicting the score: 23-10.  You’ll see him wearing the winning team’s tie on Monday.  All kidding aside, Meadowbrook’s principal says moving to Bears country was the best decision he ever made.

Ms. Mazzarella  Kathryn Mazzarella didn’t always know she wanted to be a teacher. She did know she didn’t want a desk job and tested her skills in business as a manager of an Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store.  Ultimately, she decided she wanted to be in a more academic setting with greater variety and interaction. It seems she found what she was looking for because after 14 years at Meadowbrook, she says, “You never know what can happen here!” Read the full article.
 Mr. Shea, with wife and son Mr. Jeremy Shea knows firsthand what it’s like to face the challenges of elementary school, especially as a student with a disability.

When he was in third grade (the same grade he teaches now,) Mr. Shea says he couldn’t read, and tests determined he was dyslexic. Read the whole profile.
 John Stark John Stark, Meadowbrook’s Head Custodian, has a wide range of interests that have taken him on several adventures, but his passion keeps him rooted in Northbrook. Read more 
 Mr. Rosenbaum

Tom Rosenbaum has worked as a Physical Education teacher at Meadowbrook for 25 years, but he doesn’t consider it a job.  It’s simply his passion.  “I’ve always loved kids, sports, and teaching,” he said.

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 Mrs. Wetter and family Fourth-grade teacher Katy Wetter never applied for a job at Meadowbrook, but now her "life revolves around it!" Read more
Mrs. Verne and Ms. Lifshitz 

Stacey Verne loves math.  Jessica Lifshitz loves literacy.  Together, they make up a fifth grade team that covers it all.  They are in their fifth year teaching together, swapping students half-way through the day so their fifth graders see Mrs. Lifshitz for Literacy and Miss Verne for Math, Social Studies, and Science.  Both teachers say it’s an ideal arrangement for them, and in turn, their students. Read more

 Ms. Benz  

Monica Benz seems like she’s read every book in the school library, so it’s surprising to hear Meadowbrook’s librarian of 11 years say she “hated reading” as a kid. Read more

 Ms. Robison  

Kate Robison is a proud graduate of District 28 schools and is thrilled to be back as a fourth grade teacher at Meadowbrook.  “I have felt nothing but welcomed,” she said.

Shamsha Rupshi    Shamsha Rupshi credits her family and a few personal experiences with leading her to a second grade classroom at Meadowbrook.
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 Ms. Silver  Shana Silver is Meadowbrook’s newest teacher.  She stepped in as a first grade teacher just one week before the start of school.  
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