Faculty and Staff

laura bargerLaura Barger– Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Homeroom
B.A., Bryn Athyn College of the New Church; M.S. in Written Communications, National Louis University

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I became a full-time teacher in the GNCS system in 1988 and have been teaching kindergarten, K-2nd or, 1st and 2nd grade ever since. One of my great joys is building relationships with the six-to-eight-year-olds who learn and grow under my care each year. In 2000 I received my Master’s degree in Written Communication from National Louis University. Providence led me to work at the GNCS where two of my loves – writing and teaching – go hand in hand.

Lisa Haske – Preschool Teacher
BS in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University

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I joined the GNCS team in 2016. I come to them with over 9 years of teaching experience with ages ranging from infant to high school. I love engaging the children in hands on experiences and reading stories to them. The families and staff have been so warm and friendly, I love that I made the choice to join this team!

Erin Lovitto – Kindergarten Teacher
BA in Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education

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I am originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I began my teaching career years ago in Montreal, and continued a few years later here in Chicago. I spent many years working in a French private school in the city of Chicago, and have now been teaching for a total of fifteen years! I am fluent in both English and French. I have have taught many grade levels spanning from preschool through the sixth grade. The bulk of my teaching has been in Kindergarten and First Grade. I truly love working with the little ones! I have also taught English as a Second Language. I specialize in differentiated instruction, which means I have been trained to work with each child at their specific level. This is something I am very passionate about! I look forward to meeting all of my future GNCS students and I am so thankful to be joining the team!

Jennifer OJennifer Overeem – 1-8 Art, 1 & 2 PE, 7th & 8th Drama & Speech, After School Enrichment Coordinator, After School Enrichment teacher
B.A., Columbia College
Member of the National Art Educators Association
Member of the Illinois Art Education Association

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Since I began teaching formal art classes at the GNCS in 1992, I have focused on helping students discover their creative spirit and connect art to their other studies. Skill development and exposure to different materials and ideas are the means by which the students build an understanding and enjoyment in making art. I challenge my students to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and to see the things around them from new perspectives. Currently, I am working towards an advanced art education degree.

phil parkerPhil Parker – Principal, K & 3-5 PE, 3-8 Teacher
B.S. in Education, Bryn Athyn College of the New Church

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As it came time for me to choose a career path, I thought back to my 7th grade teacher and realized what a huge, positive impact he made on my life. As an upper grades teacher at the GNCS since 1995, I have been able to do the same. Each day I am committed to making that positive difference in all of my students’ lives by discussing religion, reflecting with them on their choices, talking about morality, and many others. I am grateful that the Lord has blessed me with an ability to have these conversations.

mark pendletonThe Rev. Mark Pendleton – Pastor; Religion teacher
B.S. in Physical Therapy, Temple University; Masters of Divinity (MDiv.) from the Academy of the New Church Theological School.

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I have been the Assistant Pastor at the Glenview New Church and Schools since 2002. Before coming to Glenview, I was pastor of the New Church of Phoenix for four years, Associate Pastor of the Oak Arbor Church in Rochester, Michigan for four years, and Associate Pastor of the Caryndale New Church in Kitchener, Ontario for three years. My greatest pleasures in teaching religion are in fostering healthy teacher-student relationships, helping students learn stories from the Old and New Testaments with affection and delight, helping students learn to think from religious principles, and seeing students grow in their relationships with one another and with the Lord. It is also my pleasure to be a part of a larger faculty of educators that works with care and diligence to set a safe and loving context in which students can learn and grow, both spiritually and naturally.


The Rev Elmo Acton – Associate Pastor; Religion teacher
B.S. in Physical Therapy, Temple University; Masters of Divinity (MDiv.) from the Academy of the New Church Theological School.

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 Before serving in Glenview, I worked as Assistant to the Pastor in Rochester, MI and Visiting  Minister to congregations in Ohio and North Carolina,

Kendra Paraskevopoulos 
– Grade 3-4 teacher, Director of Recruitment
B.A. in Elementary Education and History
M.A. in Nonprofit Management
Illinois Teaching License

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I joined the Glenview New Church staff in 2015, and I am so excited to be a part of this small school community.  Singing with the students, working gently on social skills, and seeing the wonders of learning through their eyes is what makes me smile every day I’m at school.  I love watching these students explore the world around them with art projects, music, dirt, outdoor adventures and indoor adventures.  It is an absolute privilege  to get this time with your children.

bonny-scheerBonny Scheer – Preschool, K – 8 Music
B.A. in Music Education, Indiana University
M.A. in Music Education, VanderCook College of Music

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I have a Master’s Degree in Music Education and studied at Indiana University and VanderCook College of Music. I also specialize in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education and teach private violin and viola lessons. Something I love about teaching at the Glenview New Church Schools is the way that charity is evident in everyone, from the faculty to the staff to the students. The atmosphere here is one of a family, which is a rare thing in schools today. I feel very lucky to teach here.

judy-teelJudy Teel – Director of Church Operations, School Administrative Assistant
B.A. in Communications, minor in English, State University of New York College at Geneseo

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My background in broadcasting and airline customer service prepared me well for the wide variety of duties I’ve performed since joining GNCS in 2005. Currently, as Director of Church and School Operations some of my responsibilities include ensuring all facilities and maintenance needs are met as well as fulfilling all scheduling requests for building rentals. Additionally, I assist the school’s Treasurer by performing all bookkeeping functions and am the liaison with FACTS Management, the company who handles all tuition and financial aid matters. It is rewarding to work in an atmosphere where teamwork, camaraderie, and dedication are high priorities.

Lisa Philbrick – Marketing & Recruitment associate

BS in Advertising from University of Illinois

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I joined  GNCS in 2017. I have 15 years of school experience, being involved on many levels – both from the parent side and the school administrative side. After years in the advertising industry and raising a family, I enjoy working in the school environment with all of the excitement it brings. I am a life-long Chicago area resident and currently live in Glenview with my family.


Kara Smith – grade 5 – 8 Language Arts, homeroom teacher.
ECE Teaching Certificate
B.S. in Biology
M.A. in Elementary Education with endorsements in middle school and science

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I taught preschool and kindergarten for 8+ years while raising my own children. For the past few years,  I have taught a variety of grade levels alongside observing the learning progression and social development of students up through the grade level trajectory.
One thing I have really enjoyed about teaching at GNCS is the opportunity to cater to each student’s academic needs. I believe that this is the key to helping them to become successful in their learning. I am fortunate to teach students in a religious and moral setting which can help guide the every day choices that they make.


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