Our Junior Middle School Teachers
Please feel free to email your student’s teacher directly to discuss any questions or concerns.
Mr. Catarello is the junior middle school social studies teacher. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He is married and has two children. He also has nine brothers and sisters and 38 nieces and nephews. He considers Ravenswood a part of his large extended family. In what little spare time he has, Mr. Catarello likes to spend it with his wife and kids.
Ms. Conti joined the Ravenswood community in 2004 as a student teacher and was, in her words, “lucky to be asked to join the staff permanently.” In her years at Ravenswood she has had the privilege to teach both general education and special education. She lives in the Ravenswood Community and loves seeing students and parents in the neighborhood. She is also a mom to an amazing girl who will soon be a Ravenswood student!
Mr. Garcia is a native Chicagoan who was born on the Southeast Side many Halloween nights ago to a Polish mother and a Mexican father. He holds four degrees, A.A.S; A.S; B.S in Ed; M.S in Ed; and has an endorsement in middle school mathematics from the University of Chicago, Sesame Program. His DNA is a part of Ravenswood and he considers himself fortunate to know no other school in Chicago. He feels very lucky to be part of such an outstanding school community and every year has been a new and amazing learning experience.
He started teaching in 2000, and has been at Ravenswood for his entire teaching career.
I’m the winner of many grants including the Oppenheimer, Rochelle Lee, and a $3000 library grant from scholastic books. I am a lifelong brother of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Inc, a service and social fraternity dedicated to the cultural,social, and academic advancement of Latinos and all people of color.
“If you know, teach. If you receive, give. Pass it on.” Mr. Hart shares this quote by the late Maya Angelou over and over in hopes of developing a cycle of students seeing themselves as both learners and teachers, and to develop a community where we all receive and give.
Mr. Hart has been teaching at Ravenswood for over 25 years. After graduating from UIC and working in the business field for three years, he received his Master’s in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University and entered the teaching profession.
He is proud to be a part of the amazing place called Ravenswood School and work alongside other passionate, dedicated educators.
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.
She discovered her passion for science education while working as Program Director at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. She attained her Master in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and began working in Chicago public schools in 2008. Soon after beginning to teach, she attended the Masters in Science Education program at De Paul University to complete her science education certification. Prior to joining the staff at Ravenswood, she taught at Franklin Fine Arts Center in Old Town.
Each summer, Ms. Schroeder teaches at Center for Talent Development through Northwestern University. Wherever she teaches, she is passionate about creating classroom communities where each student feels socially significant and empowered to reach their learning potential. In addition to being a teacher, she is an outdoor enthusiast, a yogi, a violinist, and a swimmer. She enjoys spending time with friends, her husband, and their son Felix.
Mrs. Shaughnessy is returning to Ravenswood School as part of the Diverse Learner team. During the 2015-2017 school years, she taught Kindergarten in Rooms 004 and 006. This year she is taking on a new role as part of the RJMS and Middle school teams. Working primarily with homerooms 311 and 202. She looks forward to partnering with you and your students this year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Email: email@example.com