Our collegial communities of teachers are central to the development and implementation of transformative practices and the carrying on of their own professional development after the proposed project has ended.
Kaycee Militante currently teaches Special Education in Chicago's Back of the Yards Neighborhood, and has taught ESL and Bilingual classes during her ten years with CPS. She participated in the LSciMact program from 2008-2010, earning her Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership. Kaycee's research focused on student-led projects, discourse, and student roles. She has continued to explore these areas in her classroom, and has recently developed an interest in Google apps for education. Kaycee remains involved in the program as a guest speaker, mentor, and a presenter.
Lillian Degand has worked in multiple educational contexts as a science coordinator, instructor, and adjunct professor. Through her diverse set of experiences, she has thoroughly enjoyed mentoring teachers and assisting others in any capacity needed. She participated in the LSciMact program from 2008-2010. Her specialties include literacy, science inquiry, grant writing, and mentoring. Whenever grants are available to enhance a program or bring new materials to the setting, she has always been agreeable to attempt to obtain the funds.
Adriana Servin is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing an M.Ed. degree in Instructional Leadership with Project ELMSA. She graduated from UIC in 2015 with her B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science, and is currently a fifth grade teacher at Calmeca Academy. She is a Golden Apple Scholar, and through this program she gained early experiences working in a variety of high-needs school settings within the city of Chicago. Her interests are learning about the implementation of effective teaching practices, especially towards English language learners. She has been a research assistant since 2011, starting with the Transforming Literacy, Science, and Mathematics through Action Research (LSciMAct) project and continuing to work with English Learning through Math, Science, and Action Research (ELMSA).