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Señor Ehresman Class Website
John Ehresman, a Spanish teacher at North Lawndale College Prep, was teaching that first day of NLCP’s existence, back in 1998. Just four classrooms, 9th graders only, and some committed leaders like John Horan launched a thousand graduates. Prior to moving to Chicago in 1998, Ehresman lived and taught high school in Washington, DC and Hillsboro, Wisconsin. His family includes a perfect wife, Tomitra, outstanding parents (Patricia & Anthony), one sister, as well as two amazing sister’s-in-law. He has earned a BA from Saint John’s University (Minnesota), an MA from University of Wisconsin- Platteville, and another MA from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). A constant goal of his is to live outside the USA, and he accomplished this three times, -one semester during college studying in Spain, a year living and teaching in Belize, and another six-months stint volunteering in Montevideo, Uruguay. Today his outside activities include traveling, reading novels, riding motorcycles and bicycles, and perfecting the chocolate chip cookie.
Helder Monette-Weil has taught Spanish in a variety of settings from elementary through high school. She learned Spanish because her dad, who learned Spanish as an adult, never spoke to her in English since she was born. Señora Weil knows how important it is to speak Spanish when you are trying to learn and endeavors to do so as often as possible with her students. Before teaching at NLCP, Sra. Weil taught in the Englewood, Burbank, and Pilsen neighborhoods. She moved to Chicago from Colorado, where she grew up near the mountains. She also spent a few years, including one right after she graduated high school, in Nicaragua. Sra. Weil has a wife and a son who she enjoys spending time with more than anything else on Earth. She also plays the guitar and wishes she could spend more time in nature.
Señora Stevenson Class Website
Señora Stevenson is a first generation college graduate who is passionate about providing high quality education and helping her students achieve their potential through a college degree. Señora Stevenson is thrilled to be starting her second year at NLCP and her ninth year as a teacher. Prior to teaching, she worked in both social service and research. Señora Stevenson earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She has a wonderful husband and five beautiful children ages 10 through 20. She enjoys reading, exercise, and spending time in nature, but her two passions in life are parenting and teaching.
Señora Ferguson Class Website
Señora Ferguson is a Mexican American first generation college graduate who is going on her twelfth year working at NCLP. She has earned a bachelor of arts in Secondary Spanish Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about exposing her students to the Spanish Language and Culture of Latin America. Señora Ferguson believes that all students are capable of college graduation and hopes that through their experience in Spanish Class at NLCP students will be motivated to complete a study abroad program or travel to a Spanish Speaking country at some point in their lives. Señora Ferguson has a loving husband who is also part of the NLCP family, a stepson who has graduated from NLCP and two amazing young daughters. Señora Ferguson enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.
Señora Bacio was born in the border city of Juarez, Chihuahua, México. She has lived in Chicago for the past 20 years. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Teaching of Spanish. She also attended Harold Washington College where she obtained an Associate in Science degree. During her leisure time, she likes to dance, read, cook and spend time with loved ones.
Señora Bacio is passionate about teaching Spanish, as it is her native language. She believes that knowing a second language not only opens doors to business opportunities but also opens one’s mind to other cultures. She believes in the power of communication and dreams that one day her lessons can bring different communities to work together to resolve common issues. She loves working at NLCP because with her lessons she introduces students to the beauty of the diverse and cultural world of Spanish-speaking regions. In her classroom, she fosters an environment of peace, love and kindness where students can thrive.

The Spanish Department focuses on enhancing communication skills. We believe in using the target language in realistic situations supported by authentic materials to show the relevance of studying the foreign language. Our goal is to prepare our students to be able to communicate more efficiently in a global society. Furthermore, NLCP Spanish Department seeks to prepare students for college level courses by nurturing perseverance through challenging and fun activities. Through our classes we encourage a deeper understanding of the English Language as well.

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