Meet our Staff

Below are brief bios about the incredible staff who are commited daily to the success of our students. If you are interested in joining our team, follow the link to learn more.
 
 

Ms. Augustiny-Multi Studies/English 4/ maugustiny@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Augustiny grew up in and graduated from high school in Los Angeles after which she moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago. She majored in English and worked in an elementary school in Bronzeville during her four years at UChicago, and gained an appreciation for the city and its many neighborhoods. In her spare time, she still loves exploring Chicago, spending time with friends, watching movies and reading.

Mr. Bardin- Learning Specialist / jbardin@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. Bardin is a Learning Specialist at Golder College Prep. Mr. Bardin grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, studied English and American Literature at New York University, and then taught 9th grade English Language Arts at South Tech Academy in Boynton Beach, Florida. Mr. Bardin is currently earning his Masters of Arts in Teaching through the Relay Graduate School of Education. In his spare time, Mr. Bardin enjoys reading and going to the lake on a nice day. 

Mr. Batdorf- Choir Instructor / dbatdorf@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. Batdorf grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania where his fondest memories include jumping from barn rafters into bins of grain and making music with his four older siblings. Mr. Batdorf graduated from Wheaton College where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While at Wheaton Mr. Batdorf studied both French Horn and Voice after giving up trying to chose between the two. Outside of school Mr. Batdorf loves playing volleyball, cooking, long distance running and seeing his many nieces and nephew as often as he can. 

Mrs. Bennett - Alumni Coordinator / cbennett@goldercollegeprep.org

Mrs. Bennett earned her Bachelors in Secondary Education from Indiana University, and her Masters in Curriculum from DePaul University.  Mrs. Bennett joined the Golder family  in 2011 as a U.S. History teacher.  A proud advisor to 2015  graduates and 2019 future Golder alum,  Mrs. Bennett currently works to support all Panthers in their life after Golder through college and career.   Mrs. Bennett resides in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s southside with her husband and two sons. 

Mrs. Buchanan - 12th Grade English / abuchanan@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Buchanan graduated from North Park University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Arts degree in English Literature and from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a Masters Degree in Teaching.  Ms. Buchanan joined the staff in 2013 and has been teaching senior reading since then.  When she's not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, growing things, and reading.  

Ms. Calvillo - Office Manager/Enrollment Coordinator / jcalvillo@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Calvillo grew up in the northwest suburbs of Wood Dale with her 5 brothers and 2 sisters.  She graduated from Robert Morris University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  Before working for Golder College Prep, she worked for a professional liability insurance company for 7 years. Ms. Calvillo loves to spend time with her family and enjoys helping staff, students and parents.

Mr. Carpenter - PE Instructor / jcarpenter@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. Carpenter joined the Golder College Prep team as a Physical Education Teacher in January of 2016 and he recently accepted the role as the Head Football Coach. He comes to Chicago from Indianapolis, Indiana where he was a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer for a privately owned facility, Indy Core Wellness & Fitness. Mr. Carpenter earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Performance and Exercise Science from Marian University in Indianapolis and played football during his time at Marian. He will be completing his Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership and Management at Concordia University-Chicago this fall. Sports and physical fitness have always been a big part of Mr. Carpenter’s life and he is passionate about teaching and coaching students to healthier, more fit lifestyles.

Ms. Chelew - College Counselor

Ms. Chelew earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, Ms. Chelew moved to Detroit, MI where she taught Spanish to elementary and middle school students. During this time Ms. Chelew received her Master's of Arts in Teaching- Secondary Education. In 2014, Ms. Chelew returned to St. Louis and worked for a local education nonprofit and eventually returned to school full-time to pursue her Master's in Social Work. Ms. Chelew has joined the Golder College Prep team to support students in their pursuit of postsecondary success. Outside of Golder, Ms. Chelew enjoys yoga, being outdoors, exploring new places, and trying new things.

Ms. Cozzi - Learning Specialist and Case Manager grades 11 and 12 / acozzi@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Cozzi is the Case Manager and 12th grade Learning Specialist at Golder College Prep. Ms. Cozzi was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and has been a proud Panteher since 2014. After earning her Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University in English - Secondary Education in 2010, she went on to earn her LBS1 from the University of St. Francis. She co-sponsors the Knitting and Crocheting enrichment with Mrs. Maicher in the Spring. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, and fitness.

Mr. Crocker - 11th Grade Math / rcrocker@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. Crocker grew up in rural Arkansas and attended Hendrix College, where he received a degree in Applied Mathematics. Following graduation, he immediately moved to Chicago to begin teaching math to high schoolers. After teaching for two years on the south side, Mr. Crocker came to Golder, where he now teaches juniors.

Mr. Elsik - 11th Grade Composition / celsik@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. Elsik graduated from Creighton University in 2012 with a degree in both English and Secondary Education. Mr. Elsik then earned his masters degree from National Louis University in June of 2014. Mr. Elsik teaches AP Language & Composition and English III to juniors. He is also the the soccer coach at Golder for both boys and girls. In his spare time, Mr. Elsik likes to travel, cook, and play with his dog.

Mr. French –Dean of Instruction for Math & Science / chfrench@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. French has loved the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field ever since he began tutoring other students in third grade at Collierville High School just outside of Memphis, Tennessee. He started teaching math in the fall of 2008 as a graduate student at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). While there, he earned his Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in mathematics with a focus on combinatorics and graph theory. After graduating, he spent two years teaching in St. Louis before moving to Chicago and teaching at Golder for five years. In his current role, Mr. French supports math and science teachers, teaches AP Calculus, and coaches tae kwon do. 

Ms. Horning- Director of College Counseling / jhorning@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Horning joined the Golder family in the fall of 2013. She was born and raised in Chicago's Humboldt Park/Logan Square neighborhood. Ms. Horning attended Knox College where she received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and then returned to Chicago to complete her Master's in Education in School and Community counseling at DePaul University. Ms. Horning started at Golder as the Collegiate Seminar instructor and a college counselor. Currently, she is the Director of College Counseling.

Mrs. Hynes – Assistant Principal of Operations / ahynes@goldercollegeprep.org

Mrs. Hynes is a founding staff member of Golder College Prep.  She has been in the field of education since 2003.  Before working at Golder, she taught Science and Reading at Darwin Elementary. She hails from Columbus, OH, but has made Chicago her home since 2000.  Mrs. Hynes graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and also holds a masters degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University.  Currently, she is in school to receive another master's degree in Educational Leadership.

Ms. Jefferson- Learning Specialist and Case Manager grades 9 and 10 / ajefferson@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Jefferson is a 10th grade Learning Specialist and Case Manager for grades 9 and 10. She is originally from Southern California and recently moved to Chicago. Although she will miss the warm California weather, she is excited to call Chicago and especially Golder, her new home. Ms. Jefferson graduated from Biola University where she majored in Sociology and minored in International Studies, and is currently working on her Master’s in Special Education at Dominican University. Outside of school she enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Jernberg- 10th Grade English / aroidt-jernberg@goldercollegeprep.org

Prior to working at Noble she taught at several charter schools as well as the recovery school district in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Ms. Jernberg originally grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her bachelor’s degree in English.  After moving to New Orleans in 2008 she received her teaching certificate from Tulane University and is currently finishing her master’s in English through the University of New Orleans.  Ms. Jernberg loves traveling and recently returned from teaching in Bucaramanga, Colonia this past winter.

Ms. Maas – 12th Grade Physics/ mmaas@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Maas joined Golder College Prep in the summer of 2016. She is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago with a degree in Chemistry. Following graduation, Ms. Maas moved to La Union, Honduras where she taught science for a year. She moved back to the United States to join Teach For America in Massachusetts, where she taught Chemistry for two years. While living in Massachusetts, she took classes at Boston University for her Master's in Curriculum & Instruction- Science Education. In her free time, she can be found running, hanging out with friends, and looking up science jokes to share with her students. 

 Ms. Maicher - Math 1 and 2 / French / emaicher@goldercollegeprep.org

Mrs. Maicher from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a Bachelors Degree in French and Francophone Studies in 2006.  She also finished her Master's Degree in Educational Technology at the University of Connecticut in 2014. This school year, Mrs. Maicher will be teaching two classes of Math I and the AP and Honors sections of Math II. She will also be co-coaching the Volleyball Team.  Mrs. Maicher moved to Chicago in July 2013 from the East Coast, where she had been teaching for six years.  She is excited to start her tenth year of teaching and to see all her students again this year!

Ms. Maldonado – Learning Specialist / lmaldonado@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Maldonado is new to Golder College Prep. She was born and raised in Chicago. Ms. Maldonado is a graduate of Noble Street College Prep. She started her college career at Northern Illinois University, but finished at Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She is excited to return to Noble, but this time as a teacher. Ms. Maldonado plans to start working toward her master's degree in secondary education.

Mrs. McCabe- 11th & 12th Grade Dean of Students / mmanna@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. McCabe graduated from Bradley University in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education-History and from Concordia University in 2013 with a Masters Degree in School Leadership. From 2007-2013, Ms. McCabe taught World History and Collegiate Seminar at Pritzker College Prep. In 2013, Ms. McCabe joined the staff at Golder as Director of College Counseling and became Dean of Students for 11th and 12th grades in 2015. 

Ms. McDaniel – Biology / imcdaniel@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. McDaniel has been at Golder College Prep since the fall of 2013. She received her bachelors degree in biology from Scripps College. After college, she pursued a career in scientific research and received a masters in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her masters of arts in teaching at the University of Chicago, through the Urban Teacher Education Program. Ms. McDaniel is originally from Alaska, and if requested she will be happy to share a story or two about bears or dog-mushing!

Ms. Mullen – Dean of Instruction for Humanities / jmullen@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Mullen supported seven start-up high schools in Detroit, MI around teaching and learning  before joing Golder College Prep.  Prior to moving to Michigan, Ms. Mullen worked at UIC College Prep from 2009 – 2013 as a freshmen literature teacher.  There, she served as the ninth grade team leader for two years and the Reading Department Chair for a year.  Previous to teaching in Chicago, she worked at the Edward W. Brooke Middle School in Boston.  She started her career in education through the DC Teaching Fellows – teaching fifth grade in Southeast Washington, DC for two years.  Ms. Mullen received her B.A. from Bates College, a Masters in the Art of Teaching with Elementary certification from American University, and a Masters in the Art of Teaching with High School English certification from Simmons College.

Mr. Ortiz – Digital Arts / joortiz@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. Ortiz is the Digital Arts teacher at Golder College Prep.  He is also the assistant coach of the girls’ basketball team, and the yearbook enrichment teacher. Mr. Ortiz has been involved in the field of education since 2005, where he started as a tutor/mentor in seven different CPS high schools.  Born and raised in the city of Chicago, he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago in 2010 where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in Media Arts and Animation.

Mr. Pagan- Dean of Culture / jpagan@goldercollegeprep.org

Mr. Pagan has been at Golder College Prep since the Fall of 2014. He is a graduate from Morraine Valley Community College with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in the same field. He started to work as a disciplinarian at Noble Street College Prep in 2010 and became the Assistant Dean of Culture in 2013. In the fall of 2014, Mr. Pagan became the Dean of Culture at Golder College Prep. Mr. Pagan has been a Chicago resident since early childhood and enjoys spending quality time with family and serving in his community church.

Ms. Race – 11th grade Spanish / mrace@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Race teaches junior and senior Spanish teacher and the ESL coordinator.  She has been in the field of education since 2006 and can’t imagine doing anything else as a career.  Ms. Race grew up in River Forest, IL, attending high school less than ten miles from GCP.  She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving her degree in Spanish and Secondary Education and then continued on to Dominican University to receive a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language.   Although not a native Spanish speaker, Ms. Race developed her language skills with living in both Spain and Argentina.

Ms. Raeckers – 9th & 10th Grade Dean of Students / craeckers@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Raeckers is originally from Tampa, FL but moved to Chicago in 2008 to pursue a career in the field of education. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics accompanied by a minor in Secondary Education. She is currently completing her masters at Northeastern Illinois University in Educational Leadership.

Mrs. Rogers- 9th Grade Environmental Science / srogers@goldercollegeprep.org

She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Biological Sciences- Secondary Education.  Following graduation, Ms. Rogers was a professional horticulture intern at Disney World where she grew Mickey Mouse shaped pumpkins!  She has a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction- Science Education from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  She taught middle school in Chicago for 6 years before making the switch to GCP last year.  At Golder, she coaches the dance team, looks for ways to make the school more eco-friendly, and loves living the #PantherLife.

Ms. Rozmarynowski- 9th Grade English / jrozmarynowski@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Rozmarynowski earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in English and Secondary Education, as well as an ESL endorsement from Concordia University. This is Ms. Rozmarynowski's second year at Golder College Prep, and she was nominated by her students last year as Freshman teacher of the year. She strives to make learning fun and create an environment in which students desire to be life-long learners.

Ms. Schlueter- 10th Grade English and 10th Grade World Studies / aschlueter@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Schlueter has been at Golder College Prep since the summer of 2015. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and minors in French and Education; she also holds a Master's Degree in Education from Stanford University. At Golder, Ms. Schlueter teaches English II and World Studies to sophomores. In her free time, Ms. Schlueter loves to cheer for the Chicago Bulls, the Green Bay Packers, and the San Francisco Giants!      

Ms. Tavera- Administrative Assistant/ mtavera@goldercollegeprep.org

Mrs. Tavera works in the main office as an Administrative Assistant.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from DeVry University in Chicago.  She is the proud mother of two scholars (Junior and Freshmen) at RCP and a third grader at Otis.  She enjoys spending time with her family doing anything that makes her children happy.  She is excited to once again be part of the Golder Team and looks forward to helping our students with their college preparation needs.

Mrs. Tenorio – 9th grade Multicultural Literature / stenorio@goldercollegeprep.org

Mrs. Tenorio joined Golder College Prep after teaching for three years in Northeast Los Angeles. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Ms. Tenorio earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in ‘10 and a master’s degree in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University in ’12.  Ms. Tenorio loves to be part of the Golder team and looks forward to motivating her students to aim high.

Ms. Trevino- World History/ AP World History/ jtrevino@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Trevino was born and raised in Houston, TX, where she became the first person in her family to attend college. Ms. Treviño earned her BA in International Studies and Communications from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. After college, she joined the Teach For America Detroit Corps and taught Spanish for two years. Afterward, Ms. Treviño moved to Chicago to join the Noble Network as a Social Science teacher. In her free time, Ms. Treviño enjoys watching film, reading, and repurposing materials into art. 

Mrs. Velasco – Learning Specialist / avelasco@goldercollegeprep.org

Mrs. Velasco is a 10th grade learning specialist at Golder College Prep and has been teaching here since the fall of 2009. She graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree- Accountancy (Honors Program) and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for many years. She made the decision to change careers and attended Northeastern Illinois University where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Mrs. Velasco was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Outside of school she enjoys quality time with her husband and son.

Ms. Verdos- 11th and 12th Grade Spanish / cverdos@goldercollegeprep.org

She recently received her Masters in Education in Foreign Language Education. She received her Bachelors Degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Verdos enjoys speaking a plethora of languages during her free time.

Ms. Wells- 9th Grade Environmental Science & 11th Grade Biology / bwells@goldercollegeprep.org

Ms. Wells grew up partially in the Philippines and Denver, Colorado. She first pursued a degree in biology at University of Alabama then transferred to Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Wells earned a bachelor's degree in biology and neuroscience while finding a love for social justice and research at Loyola. She then joined Teach for America and taught in Hammond, Indiana for 2 years. Ms. Wells enjoys trying new foods and kickboxing during her free time.