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Elisabeth Atkinson
Elisabeth Atkinson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands and her master’s degree from University of Illinois Chicago. She is currently pursuing her National Board Teaching credential. Ms. Atkinson started her teaching career at NLCP in 2007 and has taught a variety of classes and has been the department chair since 2009. She has a passion for teaching and loves teaching the underclassman so that she can prepare them for high school and for the higher math courses offered at NLCP. When she is not at NLCP, she loves to travel and enjoys being outdoors playing softball, volleyball, tennis and biking around the city to explore new parts of Chicago.
Mike Avink
Mike Avink has taught math at NLCP for seven years, and in Chicago for ten years. He earned a major in mathematics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and his family have lived in North Lawndale for nine years, and they are committed to seeing growth, restoration, and reconciliation in the North Lawndale community. His family consists of his wife, Lindsey, and their three children, Caleb, Lily, and Paxton. Outside of teaching, his other passions include following Jesus, loving his family, serving the Church, biking, hiking, travelling, and playing and watching sports.
Sandy Donahue
This is Ms. Donahue’s fourth year at NLCP. Before becoming a Phoenix, she taught 8th grade at ASPIRA on the north side of Chicago. She graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in insurance. Ms. Donahue worked in the corporate world while also teaching dance, and colorguard. Through these activities she found her passion for teaching. She decided to attend DePaul University, where she became a Master of Arts of Mathematics Education.
Shirley Fuller
My name is Shirley Fuller. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Ms. I have been teaching Mathematics for 16 consecutive years. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy coaching the step-team at NLCP, performing in leading roles in Christian theater for local audiences, and traveling.
Holly Machina
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! This is my 7th year teaching math & my 2nd year teaching at NLCP. I am thrilled to be back at NLCP. I feel very fortunate to work with supportive & dedicated staff that set high expectations for our amazing students. My background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking or gardening, listening to music, preferably live, and spending time with my family, husband, Jason, & sons, Joey (16 yrs old) & Neil (12 yrs old).
Kelly Martin
My Name is Mr. Kelly R. Martin. I am a graduate of Illinois State University 1994 with a BS in Economics. I also graduated from National Louis University in 2006 with a Masters Of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I have been teaching Mathematics at North Lawndale College Prep since 2006.
Some Achievements:
• Mathematics Tutor of the Year 1993
• Newcomer of the year for the ISU Men’s Basketball Team 1992
• IHSA 2008 Class 2A Boys Basketball Championship (Assistant Coach)
• Teacher of the Year 2014-15
• Athletic Director 2016 /Assistant Athletic Director 2011-2015
• Vice Chairmen of NLCP Associates Board 2012-present
• Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc
Courtney O’Connell
This is Ms. O’Connell’s sixth year as an NLCP teacher and her second as Department Chair at the Collins campus. Ms. O’Connell has taught a variety of courses, primarily at the freshman and senior level. She has a passion for education, and is a two time winner of the Teacher of the Year award. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics. She is currently pursuing National Board Certification. When class is not in session, Ms. O’Connell likes to train for races in the city and spend time with her family, including her two cats.
Stanka Petrevska
My name is Stanka Petrevska. I received my first bachelor’s degree in education from University of Kiril and Metodij in Skopje, Macedonia and my second bachelor’s degree with a major in mathematics from University of Illinois at Chicago. I taught middle school for 9 years in Macedonia and have been teaching at NLCP since 2011. When I am not teaching I like spending time with my family and traveling.

Mathematics is best learned when students are active participants in the learning process.  Learning experiences should allow students to emulate the practices of mathematics in the field. Students should justify their thinking, make conjectures, develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs, work both individually and with others, build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving, engage in mathematical discussions and debates, use multiple representations to make connections among mathematical ideas, prepare write-ups of investigations and inquiries, and present findings to peers.

Department Mission Statement

It is the mission of the mathematics department to engage students in rich and rigorous learning experiences that prepare them for college and for life.  Through experimentation, inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork, students will be provided with experiences that will enable them to become effective decision makers and problem solvers in this increasingly technological world. The math department is utilizing the Illinois State Standards and is transitioning to the Common Core standards that dictate the SAT.

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