Grit2 Advisory Board
Downers Grove South High School
Prior to her role as Associate Principal for Student Services at DGS, Sara was a classroom special education teacher, Dean of Students, Special Education Department Chairperson and an Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. She received her BS from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and M.Ed. in special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from North Central College. She is a resident of Downers Grove.
Pierce Downers Elementary
Michele is a 6th grade teacher at Pierce Downer Elementary School. She grew up in Downers Grove, attending Highland, Herrick and DG North.
has been a teacher in D58 since 2003, experiencing
both the middle school (Herrick) and elementary settings. Michele holds a BA from Lewis University and a Masters from St. Francis.
Indian Boundary YMCA,
Membership & Wellness Director
Kate has worked in the fitness industry for 12 years as a Group Exercise instructor and Personal Trainer after graduating from the University of Illinois. She grew up in Darien and now lives in Downers Grove with her husband and three children.
Downers Grove Public Library
Teen Services Coordinator
Amanda develops the Library teen collection, provides outreach services, and coordinates programming for middle school and high school students. She holds a BA from Indiana University and a Masters of Library and Information Scoience from Simmons University in Boston.
Dr. Erin Ludwick
Downers Grove North High School
Erin currently services as Associate Principal of Student Services at Downers Grove North High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Illinois State University and two Masters degrees at the University of Illinois. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Equity and Education Policy at the University of Illinois.
Trish is a sixth grade teacher at Whittier Elementary and has been teaching for more than 30 years in a variety of settings. She earned a Bachelors of Arts from St. Bonaventure University in New York and Masters of Education from Buffalo State College. Trish grew up on the east coast and has lived in Downers Grove for 20 years with her husband and six children.
M.A., CALP, LBS
Leslie Murphy works as an Education Specialist in a partial hospitalization program helping patients who struggle with mental health. She also is a certified Dyslexia Specialist who has worked with children of all ages for over 15 years. In addition to being a lifelong educator and learner, Leslie is a mother of two boys ages 16 and 13 years old and a 10 year-old girl.
O'Neill Middle School
A lifelong resident of Downers Grove, Matt is currently teaching 7th grade math at O'Neill. He earned his Bachelor's Degree at National Louis University, Master's Degree from Northern Illinois University, and a second Master's Degree at Western Governors University. He lives in Downers Grove with his wife and two teenage sons.
Peggy Tomchek, M.S., LCPC
Peggy has lived in Downers Grove for ten years, and is a married mother of two teenagers. As a Licensed Professional Counselor she enjoys working with adolescents and wants to make a lasting impact on the well-being of our teenagers while working to foster real connections.