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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.
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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