Our goal is to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education that prepares them for success.
Diverse learners are those students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), or students with a 504 plan (a plan for students with disabilities that provides the student with accommodations and supports to help the student meet academic success).
At Ravenswood, we strive to use an inclusive teaching model in which we have two certified teachers working together in the classroom. In this co-teaching model, the two teachers work collaboratively to design instruction, share responsibility for the success of all students and share the understanding that each teacher brings their own expertise and perspective that enrich the learning experience.
We have an extraordinary team of trained specialists that support all aspects of diverse learners’ needs.
For more information about Diverse Learner services and programs, visit the Chicago Public School’s Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services.
Our Diverse Learner Teachers & Support Team
I grew up in the suburb Darien, Illinois and attended Hinsdale South HS. In 2008, I graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and have earned three education-related Master’s degrees since. I started teaching in 2009 and started at Ravenswood in 2016. In my free time, I enjoy bargain shopping and cheering on Chicago/Fighting Illini sports teams. I love being an inclusion teacher because I am able to make learning meaningful for all students, no matter their ability level, learning preferences, or unique interests.
Candice Jennings joined Ravenswood in the 2018-2019 school year as the 5th grade Diverse Learner Instructor. She was born in Chicago and has spent all of her life here. She is a product of Chicago Public Schools, having attended Joyce Kilmer Elementary and Roger C. Sullivan High School, both being located in the very nearby Rogers Park.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northwestern University; and Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University.
Ms. Jennings’ first experience working with children came when she was still an adolescent, and was employed through the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development Program as a camp counselor. Subsequently, she has worked with students academically in various capacities, all before becoming a teacher.
Ms. Jennings’ favorite activities surround the arts which is why Ravenswood is so unique to her! She loves to sing, dance (Salsa, in particular), write, act, paint, and cook- she has some culinary training. She is experienced in both plant-based and non-plant based cooking.
What makes her unique as an educator is that she is relentless about not giving up on students’ potential. She considers herself a lifelong learner taking every opportunity to grow her professional knowledge by attending professional developments and workshops in which she applies the latest research in her instructional methods and in the classroom as a whole.
In 2006, Brittany graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Business Administration and minor in Speech Communication. After being presented with an opportunity to work in a classroom supporting students with special needs, she quickly realized that the field of education was where she belonged. Brittany graduated from Roosevelt University with a LBS1 and Master’s in Special Education in 2009 and immediately began my life long journey to ensure educational equity in public school systems. She came to Ravenswood during the 2007-2008 school year and worked as a paraprofessional. Upon graduation in 2009, Brittany transitioned into the role of a Diverse Learning Teacher (also known as a Special Education Teacher) and have worked throughout every grade level. Luxton is currently one of the Diverse Learning Teachers in Middle School while simultaneously fulfilling the role of Case Manager for the entire school.
Ms. Prastitis is very excited to be starting another school year at Ravenswood! She joined the Ravenswood team in 2016 and strongly believe that this community is one of a kind.
After growing up in Michigan, she attended Indiana University where she double majored in Special Education and Elementary Education (Go Hoosiers!). Knowing that she wanted to teach in an urban setting, she made the move to Chicago and was lucky enough to be welcomed into the Ravenswood Elementary community.
When Ms. Prastitis not at school, you can find her at the YMCA, trying new restaurants, or exploring Chicago neighborhoods.