Sarah Spencer
Special Education Department Chair Teacher for Students in Autism Cluster Program

Sarah Spencer teacher for students with autism, Department Chair & Service Learning Coordinator Sarah Spencer earned her B.S. degree from Michigan State University in 1997 in speech language pathology and audiology minor in psychology, and her Master of Education from University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana in 2004. She is LBS-1 certified. Ms Spencer is actively involved in the education of undergraduate interns in special education. Her special interests include studying of teens with autism spectrum disorder and how socialization and communication deficits impact their lives. Ms. Spencer is also the special education advisor to Best Buddies club at Payton. Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Athletic Director of Special Olympics with 10 years of training and coaching experience in a wide range of sports. Soccer, Basketball, T-ball, Track & Field, Developmental swimming, aquatics, power lifting, bocce, and snowshoeing. Educational Philosophy Reaching the goal of the greatest possible level of independence across academic and functional skill areas for students with disabilities requires education, real life experience, healthy lifestyle behaviors, opportunities for social skills via relationship development as well as communication training between school and home Ms. Spencer emphasizes these components to help her students reach their goals.

Email: skspencer@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0040

Melonie Brent
SECA



Email: mbrent2@cps.edu

Alvaro Contreras
Special Ed Classroom Assist




Susan Daniel
Special Education Teacher

I L-O-V-E CHILDREN and every job I've had since I was 16 years old has involved working with children in some capacity. A culmination of jobs that have included babysitting, camp counseling, and working as a teacher assistant in a school for students with developmental disabilities led me down a path of working with diverse learners as a special education teacher. In 2002, I joined the Payton community where my primary professional commitment has been to teach in special education. I have also worn other hats during my tenure, including staff representation on the LSC and case management over special education. With each passing year, I am humbled by how my students over the years have enriched my professional journey and continue to fuel my passion for education.

Email: sbcherry@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0034 Ext. 25067

Daniel DeBonnett



Email: ddebonnett@cps.edu

Andrew Frost
Special Education Teacher



Email: alfrost@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0034 Ext. 24987

Lillian Galarza
Teacher Assistant



Email: lgalarza@cps.edu

Oscar Gonzalez
Special Ed Classroom Assist




Constance Hines
Special Ed Classroom Assist



Email: cmhines@cps.edu

Rosa Muhlberger
Teacher Assistant



Email: ramuhlberger@cps.edu

Natalya Pervushina
Special Education



Email: nmpervushina@cps.edu

Justin Potter
Special Ed Classroom Assist




Frank Ray
Special Ed Classroom Assist




Amy Robinson
Teacher

I started here at Payton during the 2011-2012 school year. I co-teach a variety of courses, and have really enjoyed getting to know the Payton community. I attended school at the University of Iowa and received my master's degree from National Louis University. While I work with many students, I specifically work with students that have unique learning needs. I enjoy helping my students in whatever way I can, and I always try to go the extra mile. I became interested in working with students with unique learning needs when I was very young. My mom taught students with special needs, and I was actively involved in volunteering with people dealing with a variety of disabilities throughout my childhood. I have always enjoyed working with kids, and I am particularly passionate about working with high school students. While nothing overrides my passion for teaching, my passion for the Chicago Cubs is a close second. While this often causes more frustration than joy, I am loyal to my team and try to go to as many games as possible! I enjoy getting to know all of the students at this school, and I am really looking forward to continue to get to know the Payton family.

Email: ahrobinson1@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0041

Martha Wynn
Special Education Teacher

Born and raised on the East Coast developed a deep love of the ocean (sailing, swimming) and mountains (skiing and hiking) Moved to Chicago during graduate school internship in Orientation and Mobility for individuals with visual disabilities Internship culminated with M.Ed. from Boston College and led to employment at the Illinois Visually Handicapped Institute as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist Met husband in Orientation and Mobility field and together we raised 3 wonderful children (in the country on a farm south of Chicago with horses, chickens, guineas, rabbits, dogs, cats, vegetable garden, orchard, crops, and plentiful chores) who blessed us with 5 wonderful grandchildren Further post-graduate coursework led to certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired Employed in suburban schools until 1985 and joined CPS as an O & M Instructor/TVI Received Excellence in Education Award from the Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2004 Joined staff of WPCP in 2008 and grateful for the meaningful, enriching relationships formed with so many fine folks Full of admiration and gratitude for the many, diverse students who have taught me so much about courage, compassion, character, and curiosity.

Email: mawynn@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0034 Ext. 25067

Casey Zacher
Case Manager

My journey to Walter Payton began when I was a freshman in High School at Glenbrook North where I developed a passion for working with students with disabilities. From there I traveled east and earned a BS in Family Studies from the University of Maryland...Go Terps! Upon my return to Chicago I worked in the Winnekta Public Schools as a paraprofessional while I earned a Masters Degree in Special Education from National Louis University. My last stop before arriving at Payton was co-teaching with a general education teacher in Wilmette Illinois. My role at Payton as Case Manager consists of working with the rest of the Special Education team to implement student's individual education plans as well as conti Aside from adoring working with the students and families at Payton as the Case Manager, I am a fan of all things basketball, especially the Bulls. I love living in the greatest city on the planet (Chicago) and take advantage of all the fabulous restaurants and museums the city has to offer.

Email: czacher@cps.edu
Phone: 773.534.0038