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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 Everett

Jennifer Jones

Madeline Morales

Operations Manager

Javier Avila


Marylu Dukic
Teaching Assistant
Cynthia Mennella
                  2nd Grade
                  Veronica Gibson
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Therese Kroeker
Catherine Escoto

3rd-8th Grade Science 
Julia Hare
3rd Grade Home Room
3rd-5th Grade Math
Francesca Varela
4th - 5th Grade Home Room
3rd - 5th Grade ELA
Pamela Helgerson
7th Grade Home Room
6-8th Grade Math
Anne Kach

8th Grade Homeroom
6th - 8th Grade ELA
Kimberly Foley
6th Grade Homeroom
3rd-8th Grade Social Studies
Andrew Hubbard
Luis Vivanco
Shawn Harrington

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