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Megan Clarke - Superintendent

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.

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Ms. Mary Bhardwaj - Director of Professional Growth and Shared Services

Mary has served as the Director of Student Services in D102 since 2018. Prior to this, she spent 9 years as an elementary principal in the district. She has also held the roles of assistant principal, instructional coach, dean of students and classroom teacher at the middle school level during her more than twenty-five years in education. Mary earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and received her Educational Specialist degree from Northern Illinois University. 

Phone: 224-513-6456

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Ms. Jennifer Cox - Director of Business and Operations

Phone: 224-513-6404

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Mr. David Graham - Director of Technology

Mr. Graham has a Bachelors of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Keller's Graduate School of Management.  Mr. Graham began his career in educational technology first as a repair technician and then as a technology manager for a large high school district in Illinois.  In these roles, he learned the values of serving the school community with grace and patience and is excited to bring this service to Exceptional Learners Collaborative.

Phone: 224-513-6122

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Mr. Ricky Medina - Private Placement Coordinator

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. 

Phone: 224-206-3884

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Ms. Elizabeth Burgess - District 96 Coordinator of Special Education

Ms. Burgess has a BA in Elementary Education from Trinity International University, LBS-1 from Western Illinois University, and an MA in Education Leadership from Aurora University.  Ms. Burgess began her teaching career in a large suburban public school, teaching General Education elementary-aged students for eleven years.  She then moved into administration as an Assistant Principal and Special Education Supervisor.  Ms. Burgess has supported students in General Education and Special Education from preschool through elementary school levels, with a wide range of disabilities.  She is excited to join the ELC this school year and support the students and families in District 96.

Phone: 224-206-3244

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Ms. Brooke Goldberg - District 96 Coordinator of Special Education

Ms. Goldberg attended District 96 as a student herself and she is excited to return to her roots. Ms. Goldberg earned her BA in Special Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her MA in Leadership and Administration from Benedictine University. She began her teaching career as a Special Education Teacher and Assistant to the Principal in Glenview School District 34. For the past several years, Ms. Goldberg has worked in Los Angeles in a variety of different positions. She has held roles as Special Education Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Director of Special Education for ages Pre-K through 8th grade. Outside of school, Ms. Goldberg has been involved with Buddy Baseball, a recreational baseball league for individuals with disabilities, for two decades.  

Phone: 224-206-3885

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Ms. Laura Fine - Assistant Director of Programs and Services

Ms. Fine has been working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and their families for her entire career, developing functional curriculums and vocational programs within private day programs and schools. Laura received her BA in Special Education from Miami University and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Laura began her career as an Educational and Life Skills teacher in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago before going on to receive her masters with a focus in Transition and spending six years as an Assistant Director of a community-based day program.  Laura then returned to the schools where she worked as a Community Employment Coordinator and Transition Specialist while completing her Educational Leadership program. 

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Ms. Maggie Markham - Assistant Director of Programs and Services

Maggie earned her BA in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University, LBS1 from National Lewis University, and MA in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. She began her teaching career in Nevada working in the Clark County School District. She then came home to Illinois where she served as a teacher at a private therapeutic day school for 8 years. After teaching, Maggie moved into an administration role as an Assistant Principal of a high school in a public therapeutic day school. She is thrilled to be joining the ELC this year and working to support students and their families at Stevenson High School. 
 

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