School Secretary
Maria Beltran
Lydia Nantwi 

Ms. Nantwi has been an educator for more than 30 years and she has a Master’s degree in African History from Northwestern University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Governors State University, an ABD (All But Dissertation) from the University of Chicago, and an Ed.D in Transformative Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

School President
Phyllis Winter

Ms. Winter is the heart and soul of Children of Peace. The founding principal of the Trinity School for the Deaf, Ms. Winter served as Principal of Children of Peace School when the school was formed in the early 1990s after a merger of three catholic schools. Ms. Winter is supposed to be retired but she is at Children of Peace from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. She provides homework assistance to children in the after-care program. She also teaches sign language to the younger students.

Ms. Beltran has served in various capacities at Children of Peace School for almost 25 years. Ms. Beltran is the first point of contact for parents and visitors and she manages the day-to-day operations of the school. Ms. Beltran has a degree in elementary education from San Miguel University

in Allende, Mexico.

Sign Language Interpreteur

Diane Russell

Ms. Russell has ministered to the deaf and hard of hearing for many years. She provides service to students at Children of Peace as a sign language interpreter. A retired teacher, Ms. Russell has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Russell is a member of the International Catholic Deaf Association and the National Catholic Office of the Deaf.

School Support Staff

Before-and-After-School Care

Tanya Coleman

Bertha Williams



Jennifer Jones

Madeline Morales


Javier Avila


Marylu Dukic
Teaching Assistant
Cynthia Mennella
Catherine Escoto
Grade 1
Veronica Gibson
Grade 2
Eboni Robinson
Therese Kroeker
Class Site
Third Grade
Julia Hare
Fourth Grade
Francesca Varela
Fifth Grade
Pamela Helgerson
Class Site
Eighth Grade Homeroom
ELA 6-8th Grade
Kimberly Foley
6-8th Grade Math
Anne Kach
Sixth Grade Homeroom
6-8th Grade Science and Social Studies
Andrew Hubbard

 Stephanie Brooks


Zachary Jackson


Class Site