Faculty & Staff

Learning By Doing

Carly Andrews

Head of School

  • Joined Baker : 2017
  • Graduate: B.A. Cedarville College
  • Graduate: M.A. Middlebury College
  • Graduate: Educational Administration License, University of Iowa
  • Phone: 847-425-5800
  • Email: candrews@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Carly Andrews joined Baker Demonstration School in 2017 as Head of School. Prior to Bosque, she served as Head of School at Willowwind School, a progressive independent PK-6th grade school in Iowa City, Iowa and as Assistant Head of School as well as Head of Middle School at Bosque School, a 6th – 12th grade

Tracy Aiden

Kindergarten Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2005
  • Graduate: B.S., Western Illinois University
  • Graduate: M.S., National Louis University
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University

  • Graduate: Certificate in Mediation, Columbia College
  • Phone:
  • Email: taiden@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Tracy Aiden has been teaching at Baker since 2005. She began as a Pre-K teacher before transitioning into her current Kindergarten position. Prior to Baker, Tracy taught at School for Little Children in Evanston for four years. Before entering into teaching, Tracy worked in several different capacities as a Crisis Worker, Peer Mediation Center Developer and

Sara Angres

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2001
  • Graduate: B.S., Ithaca College
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: sangres@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Sara Angres joined Baker in 1998 as an associate teacher, then she spent time teaching in the inner city at a Chicago Public School Charter School. She returned to Baker as part of the Early Childhood Team in 2001 and taught both pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes, until leaving in 2007 to stay home with her

Megan Beaudoin

Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2016
  • Graduate: B.A., Colorado College
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National-Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: mbeaudoin@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Megan is an experienced Social Studies and Language Arts teacher. Her 16 years of experience include time as a classroom teacher in both middle and high school, teacher trainer and instructional coach in grades 4-12, and curriculum developer in high school. Megan is endorsed in Middle and High School Social Studies and English, and is

Jon Bingaman

Middle School English Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2010
  • Graduate: B.A., Murdoch University
  • Graduate: M.Ed., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Phone:
  • Email: jbingaman@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Jon Bingaman joined Baker Demonstration School in 2010 as the Middle School English teacher. Before his time at Baker, he taught both Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies for three years at Horace Greeley Elementary in Chicago. While at Greeley, Jon led the after-school media club, coached boys basketball, created and coordinated the after-school

Stacy Buehler

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2006
  • Graduate: B.A., Salisbury State University
  • Graduate: M.Ed., Erikson Institute of Loyola University
  • Phone:
  • Email: sbuehler@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Stacy Buehler began working with young children sixteen years ago as a Wiggleworms instructor at The Old Town School of Folk Music. This inspired her to get her master’s degree from the Erikson Institute in child development. Soon after she began working in the Chicago Public Schools as both a first-grade and pre-kindergarten teacher. Stacy

Becky Crawford

Technology Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2011
  • Graduate: B.S., Illinois State University
  • Graduate: M.Ed., Northern Illinois University
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: bcrawford@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Becky Crawford began her career at Baker as an Associate Teacher in second and third grade classrooms, while earning her MAT in Elementary Education at National Louis University. She continued as the Technology Associate in 2010 while working toward her Certificate of Advanced Study in Technology in Education at NLU. Becky is passionate about integrating

Liz Dombeck

Middle School Arts Core Spanish Teacher - Part Time

  • Joined baker: 2016
  • Graduate: B.A. University of Illinois (UIUC)
  • Graduate: M.A. Middlebury College
  • Phone:
  • Email: ldombeck@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Liz comes to Baker as an experienced middle school Spanish teacher. She originally taught high school Spanish in the south suburbs of Chicago. She then moved to Ithaca, New York for 5 years teaching 6-8th grade Spanish. During that time, she spent one year in an alternative school setting creating individualized lessons to meet the

Patrick Dunafin

Athletics Director
 | Physical Education Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2007
  • Graduate: B.S., Michigan State University
  • Phone:
  • Email: pdunafin@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Prior to joining the Baker community five years ago, Patrick Dunafin taught in the Chicago Public Schools. When completing his teaching program at Michigan State University, Patrick won the Janet A. Wessel Award for Adapted Physical Education and served as a teaching assistant in the same area. Other work in and around the Lansing, Michigan

Karrie Fisher

Librarian

  • Joined Baker: 2008
  • Graduate: B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • Graduate: M.L.S., Rutgers University
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: kfisher@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Karrie Fisher has been the librarian at Baker Demonstration School since 2008. She has been a school librarian for 18 years, and has loved every minute of working with children. Karrie began her career as the Young Adult (high school) Librarian at Glenview Public Library, where she is still employed as a part-time librarian. Her

Morgan Fitzpatrick

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2013
  • Graduate: B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Phone:
  • Email: mfitzpatrick@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Morgan Fitzpatrick began at Baker as an associate in 2013 after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in History. While at Baker he worked to complete his teaching licensure, with an endorsement in Social Studies grades 6-12, from Northeastern Illinois University. Since 2011, Morgan has coached both youth and high

Stefanie Gehrig

Third Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2015
  • Graduate: B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Graduate: M.A., Columbia College Chicago
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: sgehrig@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Stefanie thinks the supportive, collaborative, diverse community at Baker helps students have a unique, enriching experience. Stefanie left her extensive career as an art director in the publishing world to pursue a second Masters degree and become an educator. She is so glad she did! She feels teaching is the most creative thing she has

Jamee Guerra

Music Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2012
  • Graduate: B.M., Westminster Choir College of Rider University
  • Graduate: M.M., Northwestern University
  • Phone:
  • Email: jguerra@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Jamee Guerra has taught music on the east coast, the British Virgin Islands, and Chicago’s south side. She has designed and implemented two brand new music curriculums in previous schools, and is always open to trying new ideas in the music classroom. While teaching at a girl’s high school in New Jersey, she collaborated with

Natasha Itkin

Middle School Science Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2014
  • Graduate: B.S., University of Illinois
  • Graduate: M.A., University of Chicago
  • Phone:
  • Email: nitkin@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Natasha loves to learn and teach science! Her favorite living scientists include Robert Sapolsky and Neil deGrasse Tyson, both of whom she admires for their intellect, but more importantly for how they popularize the biggest ideas in science with great storytelling. She came to Baker with three years of experience teaching high school biology and

Kim Johns

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2010
  • Graduate: B.S., Colorado State University
  • Graduate: M.Ed., Erikson Institute of Loyola University
  • Phone:
  • Email: kjohns@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Kim Johns has been an early childhood educator since her sophomore year at Colorado State University, where she became a lead teacher in their campus-based early childhood program. Kim also taught preschool at the Auraria Metro campus in Denver before moving to the Chicago area. She taught toddlers and two-year olds at Baby Toddler Nursery

Anna Krzyzanowski

Second Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2018
  • Graduate: B.A., DePaul University
  • Graduate: M.A., DePaul University
  • Phone:
  • Email: akrzyzanowski@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Anna Krzyzanowski grew up in the Chicago area. She studied Psychology but switched paths after working with students from the Jumpstart program and now holds a Masters in Elementary Education. Before joining the team at Baker, she spent 7 years teaching at an inner-city charter school that emphasized constructive learning, movement, and restorative justice. She

Tyler Leach

Middle School Latin Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2010
  • Graduate: B.A., Hamilton College
  • Phone:
  • Email: tleach@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Tyler joined the Baker community in 2010 after eight years at The Williams School in New London, Connecticut. In his time at Williams he taught Latin, Ancient World History, World Geography, and Classical Heroism, acted as an advisor to Middle and Upper school students, coached soccer, basketball, and golf, and served as Dean of Students

Lauren Librando

Learning Behavior Specialist

  • Joined Baker: 2015
  • Graduate: B.A., University of Iowa
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: llibrando@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Lauren has been an educator since 2006 when she received her Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. She has been a Special Educator for primary and intermediate students in a variety of public school settings. She began her teaching journey by instructing a Cross Categorical classroom for children with Learning Disabilities and then

Melissa Makagon

First Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2006
  • Graduate: B.A., San Francisco State University
  • Graduate: M.Ed., Pepperdine University
  • Phone:
  • Email: mmakagon@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Melissa Makagon has been teaching children from preschool age through second grade since 1996. During that time she has had the privilege of leading teachers on literacy, conducting parent literacy and math nights, and mentoring many student teachers in the classroom. Melissa comes to Baker with a strong background in constructivist teaching and strives to

Terri Nitahara

Learning Behavior Specialist

  • Joined Baker : 2009
  • Graduate: B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Graduate: M.Ed., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Graduate: C.A.S., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: tnitahara@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Prior to arriving at Baker, Terri Nitahara spent eleven years teaching in both the public and private schools in Chicago and Evanston. Her professional experience includes time spent as an education classroom teacher, a learning behavior specialist and an educational administration team member. Terri has worked extensively to support the academic, social, emotional and independent

Noel Pfannerstill

Third Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2013
  • Graduate: B.S., Winona State University
  • Graduate: M.Ed., Olivet Nazarene University
  • Phone:
  • Email: npfannerstill@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Noel Pfannerstill has been teaching children from first grade through third grade since 1994 in both traditional and multiage settings. Noel began his teaching career in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, at Tomahawk Elementary School, before he and his family relocated four years ago to the Chicago area, where was very excited to discover Baker. Noel is married

Anna Phillips

Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2016
  • Graduate: B.A., Carthage College
  • Graduate: M.Ed., University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Phone:
  • Email: aphillips@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Anna Phillips started her teaching career in Kansas City Missouri Public Schools and has since worked primarily in urban education. While working in the public school system, she became very interested in alternative avenues to learning and whole-child approach and set out to find a school that matched her own educational philosophy. While working in

Barb Pietroski

Spanish Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2011
  • Graduate: B.A., Bradley University
  • Graduate: M.A., University of Durango
  • Phone:
  • Email: bpietroski@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Barb Pietroski joined Baker with many years of teaching experience across all grades. Her career began at Northbrook Junior High, where she helped develop the Spanish program for District 28. Later she joined the staff at Buffalo Grove High School, where she taught beginning through advanced levels of Spanish. During her tenure, she was granted a

Tiffany Rampey

Fourth Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2013
  • Graduate: B.S., University of Wisconsin
  • Graduate: M.Ed., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: rampeyt@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Tiffany Rampey has spent her teaching career in schools with progressive roots and practices. She began teaching 4th grade in the Winnetka public schools where she helped establish an exchange with a school district in Honduras, both traveling to the community and having students from both schools communicate regularly. Tiffany came to Baker by way

Michelle Rogers

Middle School Science Teacher - Part Time

  • Joined Baker: 2016
  • Graduate: B.S., Indiana University
  • Graduate: M.S., Northwestern University
  • Phone:
  • Email: mrogers@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Michelle is thrilled for the opportunity to teach inquiry-based Science at Baker. She previously taught Biology and Environmental Science in Chicago Public Schools, where she also coached cross-country and track. Before teaching, she spent five years working on a blood-screening product for Abbott Laboratories. Michelle’s main drive is to get students interested in Science and

Jane Rothschild

Second Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2015
  • Graduate: B.A., Barat College
  • Graduate: J.D., Loyola University Chicago
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: jrothschild@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Jane Rothschild has been a part of the Baker school community since the spring of 2012. She first served as an Associate Teacher in both second and fifth grades. She also served as a maternity leave substitute teacher before becoming a lead second grade teacher in 2015. In 2008 Jane returned to graduate school at

Kerah Sandler

Fifth Grade Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2009
  • Graduate: B.A., Northwestern University
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: ksandler@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Kerah Sandler started her teaching career at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka as an assistant in second and third grade classrooms after student teaching there as part of Northwestern University’s Creative Drama program. After receiving her MAT from National-Louis, Kerah became the fourth grade lead teacher at NSCDS, where she taught for seven

Carrie Shonk

Social Worker

  • Joined Baker: 2015
  • Graduate: B.A., DePaul University
  • Graduate: M.S.W., Loyola University Chicago
  • Phone:
  • Email: cshonk@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Ms. Shonk graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from De Paul University. She spent the earlier part of her career in quality of life outcomes research for patients facing acute and chronic illness at Evanston North Shore Hospital. Carrie then attended Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work where she graduated with a Master’s

Rachel Sun

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2015
  • Graduate: B.A., Mount Holyoke College
  • Graduate: M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
  • Phone:
  • Email: rsun@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Rachel Sun joined the faculty at Baker in 2015 after moving from Massachusetts with her family. In Massachusetts, she taught high school Geometry and Language Arts tutorials at an independent school for students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities. After taking two years off from teaching and earning a Master’s Degree, Rachel returned to the classroom to

Julie Toole

Art Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2013
  • Graduate: B.A., Ball State University
  • Graduate: M.A., Columbia College
  • Phone:
  • Email: jtoole@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Julie Toole comes to Baker with more than 20 years of teaching experience in the Chicago Public Schools. While at CPS, Julie curated student art shows and helped beautify the school environment with student-created murals, mosaics and installation art. Julie is a member of the national leadership team for Teaching Artistic Behavior (TAB), the winner

Sarah Williams

Middle School Physical Education Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2015
  • Graduate: B.A., Colorado State University
  • Graduate: M.Ed., North Park University
  • Phone:
  • Email: swilliams@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Mrs. Williams joined the Baker faculty in 2015.

Lizanne Wilson

Drama Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 1995
  • Graduate: B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  • Graduate: M.F.A., University of Minnesota
  • Phone:
  • Email: lwilson@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Lizanne Wilson has worked for seventeen years as the Drama Specialist for K-8 students at Baker Demonstration School. Integrating drama into the core curriculum, co-teaching with classroom teachers and other specialists, and creating innovative middle school productions have helped to make the arts a centerpiece of a Baker education. She was the keynote speaker and

Jessy Zich

Kindergarten Teacher

  • Joined Baker: 2011
  • Graduate: B.A., Northeastern Illinois University
  • Graduate: M.A.T., National Louis University
  • Phone:
  • Email: jzich@bakerdemschool.org
BIO

Jessy Zich has been a part of the Baker community since 2011. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program at National Louis University, Jessy worked for three years at Baker as a Pre-Kindergarten associate and Kindergarten intern. Jessy’s love for working with children first began as an environmental educator with Clemson University and the Chicago Park