ELL Staff

Meet the ESL Staff


Kim 
Lakis


Kim is the coordinator of the ESL and Bilingual program in District 205.  She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Monmouth College, a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Saint Xavier University and is currently working on her ESL Endorsement from National Louis University.  Kim has served the students, staff and administrators in District 205 for 24 years as both an elementary classroom teacher and the Instructional Support Coordinator. Kim's office is located at Lincoln Education Center but she is most likely to be found in many of the district's schools throughout the day.
Lincoln Education Center Office: 309-973-2110
Cell; 309-335-0791
klakis@galesburg205.org

Karen
Avalos


Karen provides ESL and Bilingual-Spanish services to students at Silas Willard Elementary School. Karen most recently taught ESL at GHS and prior to that  at Carl Sandburg College for almost 30 years.  During most of that time she was also the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition Coordinator and trained volunteer tutors who have been working with nonnative and native English Speakers.  Her masters is in Education: Reading
Silas Willard Elementary: 309-973-2015
kavalos@galesburg205.org

 Lisa
Bourial

Lisa provides ESL and Bilingual-French/Spanish & Arabic instruction to students at Galesburg High School.  She also supports District 205 families and students with French and Arabic translation, as well as offers professional development to all staff working with ELs.
Galesburg High School: 309-973-2001
lbourial@galesburg205.org

Renee
Butler-
Burton


Renee provides ESL and Bilingual-Spanish services to students at Steele Elementary School. Renee has 28 years of teaching experience; the past 3 of which have been in District #205.  She's a graduate of Galesburg High School, a mother of two teenage boys, and a passionate amateur photographer.
Steele Elementary School: 309-973-2014
rburton@galesburg205.org
 Kari Caldwell
Kari has worked in Galesburg CUSD #205 since 2000, first as a middle school Outreach Worker, and now as an ESL teacher at Lombard Middle School.  Kari holds a BSEd from Illinois State University and has completed her MSEd and ESL endorsement from University of Illinois Springfield.  Because of her extensive background in the field of Outreach and her own life experiences, her vision is to empower students to overcome adversity and to help them develop independence so that they can have a secure future. She lives with her husband and daughter in Galesburg.  She also has two grown children who attended Galesburg schools, as well as a new grandson. She loves spending time with her family, playing with her two dogs, going to garage sales, and traveling.
Churchill Junior High School : 309-973-2002
kcaldwell@galesburg205.org  

 Libby Heidt Libby is an ESL teacher at Bright Futures Preschool, Silas Willard and Steele Elementary Schools.  This is her fourth year of teaching in District 205, as she previously taught in the orange room at Bright Futures and also in a PK blended classroom.  Libby is certified to teach PreK-3 and holds a special education endorsement.  She attended the University of Cincinnati where she received a bachelor's degree in Art History and also a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph.  Libby is pursuing her ESL endorsement from Aurora University
Bright Futures Preschool 309-973-2031 
Silas willard Elementary 309-973-2015
Steele Elementary: 309-973-2016 
lheidt@galesburg205.org 

Tess Newhall Tess is a PreK and ESL classroom teacher at Bright Futures Preschool in the orange room.  She is meeting the English Language needs of our youngest students with her innovative teaching strategies and passion for early childhood and language acquisition. 
Bright Futures Preschool @ Lincoln Education Center: 309-973-2031
tnewhall@galesburg205.org

Tica
Ortega

Tica provides ESL services to students at Steele  Elementary School. She was born in Cuba and is fluent in Spanish. Tica is available for Bilingual-Spanish translation and interpretation for all families and students in District 205.
Steele Elementary: 309-973-2016
tortega@galesburg.org

John
Prats

John is the Parent Facilitator for all English as a Second Language families new to the district.  John takes the lead in all student registration and any language support that may be needed, in particular for French/Lingala and Spanish translation and interpretation.  
Lincoln Education Center: 309-973-2116 or 309-973-2000
Mobile: 309-337-9064
jprats@galesburg205.org

Scott Rasso


Scott has worked in Galesburg CUSD #205 since 2004 and provides ESL services to students at Galesburg High School. He holds a BSEd from Illinois State University and an MSEd from Western Illinois University. He has earned his credential as a Literacy Lessons Tutor through National Louis University. He is currently studying Communication Science & Disorders through Utah State University's online program. He believes that learning should inspire and empower one to grow and develop throughout one's professional and personal lives. He is a passionate Chicago sports fan, he loves reading, fishing, traveling, cooking, riding roller coasters, ballroom dancing, and playing video games. His children Rafael and Dominique are the greatest things to ever happen to him.
Galesburg High School: 309-973-2001
srasso@galesburg205.org

 Dee Robb Dee is the ESL teacher at Nielson  Elementary School.  She holds an ESL Endorsement through Western Illinois University.
Nielson Elementary School: 309-973-2014
drobb@galesburg205.org

Sarah
Rozny


Sarah provides ELL and Bilingual-French services to students at Gale Elementary School. Sarah has a B.S. in Elementary Education, a M.A. in Educational Administration, and is working towards her Ed.D. with a focus on English Language Learners.  She lived in Gambia of West Africa for two years, and has visited 41 countries.
Gale Elementary: 309-973-2011
srozny@galesburg205.org

Tiffany Tepach Tiffany provides ESL instruction to students at Gale Elementary School.  She received her B.A.  from Western Illinois University and is currently working towards her ESL endorsement also from WIU. 
Gale Elementary School: 309-973-2011
ttepach@galesburg205.org  

Lori Waddill

Lori is a PreK and ESL teacher at Bright Futures PreSchool in the green room.  Lori is meeting the English Language needs of our youngest students with her innovative teaching strategies and passion for early childhood and language acquisition.  Lori comes to us from 
Bright Future Preschool 309-973-2031
lwaddill@galesburg205.org 
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