Andy Chen spent considerable time observing Ellie DesPrez (English) in her classroom last semester and will take over her teaching responsibilities while she is on sabbatical during the 2016-17 school year. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. He previously taught English and creative writing at WUSTL and was a tutor at Elite Academy in Glenview, Illinois. Andy will teach seventh and tenth grade English and sponsor the Asian Culture Club. His poems and book reviews have appeared in various publications.
Maggie Doyle Ervin joins the English Department, teaching ninth- and eleventh-grade English. She holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in English from Northern Illinois University and is a Ph.D. Candidate-English at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Maggie has 15 years of teaching experience, most recently teaching English at Nerinx Hall High School.
Michael Gesiakowski joins the Fine Arts Department, teaching ceramics. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic media from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree in ceramics from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. His work has been shown at The Philadelphia Clay Studio, The Archie Bray Foundation and NCECA conferences. In addition to teaching ceramics at SIU-E, Michael was an adjunct professor at Kishwaukee Community College, where he developed the curriculum for digital media, a new area of study at the college.
Frédérique Joubert joins the Modern Languages Department, teaching grade 7 French and French III. Frédérique has more than 20 years of experience teaching French, history and geography (middle school through college) in private and public schools in France, the United Kingdom and China. She holds a master's degree in humanities from Paris 10 University and the highest French-teaching qualification (Aggregation). She and her husband, Michael, and their three children — Blaise (age 19), Guillemette (age 17) and Anouk (age 14) — moved to the U.S. from China in 2015.
Susie Lim will teach Chemistry (grade 10) and Science 8: Principles of Chemistry and Physics and Chemistry. Susie comes most recently from Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois, where she taught chemistry and physics and coached the Science Olympiad team. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in education from Northwestern University. She and her husband, Seung Jae, have two sons — Devin (age 6) and Justin (age 4).