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Faculty & Staff

At LFCDS it really is all about the students.
We strive to keep learning and growing as educators,
so that we can nurture and inspire our students to be their best selves.

-- Current LFCDS Teacher
Excellent education begins with motivated, caring professionals who display a lifelong love of learning and who embrace community life. By combining experienced, caring teachers with small class sizes, we ensure that each student benefits from personal attention and steady guidance. Students view their teachers as strong role models who set high standards for personal accountability, active involvement and respect for others.

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  • Diane Benner
    Health Services
    School Nurse
    2021
    Indiana University - BSN
    Walden University - MSN
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    Mrs. Nan Shiras Caldwell
    World Language, World Language
    Chair of World Language, Spanish Teacher, US Coordinator of Community Service
    1980
    (847) 615-6166
    University of Colorado - BA
    California State University at Sacramento - MA
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    Mr. Lukas Luke Christianson
    Social Studies
    Grade 5 Social Studies Teacher
    2020
    (847) 615-6145
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - BA
    Cardinal Stritch University - Teacher Licensure Program
  • Photo of Donna Culhane
    Donna Culhane
    Information Literacy, Library
    School Librarian
    2019
    (847) 615-6152
    Butler University - BA
    University of Illinois - MLIS
  • Faith Ekakitie
    Physical Education & Wellness
    2020
    University of Iowa - BA
  • Ms. Samantha Fernandez
    2021
    1 (847) 615-6112
    Manchester University - B.S
  • Photo of Becky Friedlander
    Mrs. Becky Friedlander
    Learning Development, Learning Development
    Coordinator of Learning Development and Learning Specialists
    1984
    (847) 615-6142
    Bradley University - BS
    Northwestern University - MA
    Institute for Psychoanalysis - TEP Certificate
  • Photo of Laura Gabriel
    Mrs. Laura Gabriel
    World Language, World Language
    French Teacher
    2016
    (847) 615-6240
  • Zhaoyi Liu
    World Language, World Language, Early Childhood Center
    Upper School Chinese Teacher
    2020
    (847) 615-6164
    Nanjing University - BA
  • Photo of Sarah McCauley
    Mrs. Sarah L. McCauley
    Mathematics
    Upper School Mathematics Teacher, Grade 7 Team Leader
    1994
    (847) 615-6159
    Westminster College, Oxford - BA
    Ball State University - MA
  • Emily Montgomery
    Learning Development, Learning Development, Early Childhood Center
    2020
    University of Illinois - BS
    Northwestern University - MS
  • Photo of Kevin Nicholson
    Mr. Kevin Nicholson
    Science
    Early Childhood & Lower School Science Teacher
    2014
    (847) 615-6154
    Northeastern Illinois University - BA
    Northern Illinois University - MA
    National-Louis University - MA
  • Photo of Stephen Robnick
    Mr. Stephen Sands Robnick
    Administration
    Upper School Science Teacher, Grade 5 Team Leader
    2017
    (847) 615-6162
    Miami University - Bachelors
    DePaul University - Masters
  • Photo of William Scroggins
    Mr. William Bill Alan Scroggins
    Physical Education & Wellness, Physical Education & Wellness
    Physical Education & Wellness Teacher
    1992
    (847) 615-6232
  • Photo of Suzanne Stanczak
    Ms. Suzanne Stanczak
    Physical Education & Wellness, Physical Education & Wellness
    Physical Education & Wellness Teacher
    2012
    (847) 615-6122
    Carthage College - BA
    DePaul University - MA
  • Photo of Tracie Tatz
    Ms. Tracie Tatz
    Fine Arts
    Music Teacher; Band Instructor, Grade 6 Team Leader
    2019
    (847) 615-6182
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - BS
    Vandercook School of Music - MA
  • Chelsea Taylor
    Fine Arts
    2022
  • Photo of Rhonda Venard-Darin
    Ms. Rhonda Venard-Darin
    Fine Arts, Fine Arts, Early Childhood Center
    Visual Art Teacher
    2001
    (847) 615-6180
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - BFA
    University of Illinois at Chicago - MA
  • Photo of Jessica Zaleski
    Mrs. Jessica Hill Zaleski
    English, Social Studies
    Upper School English Teacher
    2008
    (847) 615-6193
    Cornell University - BA
    Johns Hopkins University - MAT
    • Teachers with More Than 20 Years of Service

      20+ Year Teachers

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