Administration

 Megan Clarke - Executive Director

Phone: 224-513-6447

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Megan Clarke - Executive Director

Ms. Clarke has BSE in Communication Disorders from University of Arkansas, a MAT in Special Education from National Louis University, a CAS in Administration from National Louis University, an EdS in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University, and is working on an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. Ms. Clarke began her teaching career in a large suburban school district in Illinois teaching children with significant emotional needs and well as learning disabilities at the junior high level. In that district, Ms. Clarke spent time teaching younger elementary students with multiple special needs. Ms. Clarke has served within public schools over twenty years as an administrator starting first as a building leader at a middle school and then at three elementary buildings, and then moved to central office as a coordinator, director, and assistant superintendent.

 Kristen Bordonaro - Director of Programs and Services

Phone: 224-513-6458

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Kristen Bordonaro - Director of Programs and Services

Ms. Bordonaro has a BA in Elementary Education from Trinity International University, MS in Special Education, MA in Educational Leadership and an EdS in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University and is working on an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.  Ms. Bordonaro began her teaching career in a Private, Therapeutic Day school serving students with significant emotional and behavioral needs at the middle and high school levels before moving to the public school sector to support students at both a resource and instructional supporting students with a range of disabilities.  Ms. Bordonaro has supported students from early childhood through transition programming at both self contained special education and resource level students.  Ms. Bordonaro then went into administration as a program manager for a therapeutic day school and then back into public schools as a district office coordinator and director.

 Ricky Medina - Assistant Director

Phone: 224-513-6122

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Ricky Medina - Assistant Director

Mr. Medina has a BS in Special Education from Illinois State University, MA in Reading Education from National Louis University, and an EdS in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Mr. Medina began his teaching career in a Private, Therapeutic Day school serving students with significant emotional and behavioral needs at the elementary school level before moving to the public school setting. Upon entering the public school setting, Mr. Medina gained experience as a district office coordinator and assistant director for early childhood and elementary school levels. Since joining the Exceptional Learners Collaborative, Mr. Medina continues his administrative experience in the high school and transition setting supporting students with a variety of needs including significant emotional needs, ASD, and multiple special needs.