Faculty

Our world class faculty is committed to helping Roycemore students succeed in and outside the classroom.

Administrators

  • Nina Rozes
  • Tara St. Amand
  • Gregg LeDuc
  • George Bravos
  • Matt Steadman
  • Sheila Shadrack
  • Ciat Conlin
  • Emma Milner-Gorvine
  • Margarita Stoimenova
  • Janna Arbuzova
  • Samantha Cossen
  • Tina Southerton
  • Amanda Reinglass
  • David Scarisbrick
  • Alanis Gonzalez
  • Craig Tutt
  • Marie Cinquemani Thomas
  • Ruth Hecht
  • Ziggy Zapart
  • Shauna Young
  • Liv Garcia
  • Chris English
  • Marge Woodfill
  • Nicole Wise
  • Lizanne Wilson
  • Vicky Pickett
  • Dr. John Trowbridge
  • Kelly Strain
  • Howard Stanley
  • Ceairra Smith
  • Ashley Smith
  • Beth Shutters
  • Sara Keely McGuire
  • Mauricio Robert
  • Marysue Redmann
  • Stefanie Rivera
  • Beth Negronida
  • Susie Massey
  • Andrew Mahlan
  • Gina Lorenz
  • Dr. Brynn Leavitt
  • Katie Hilton
  • Shannon Henry
  • Hilda Gonzalez
  • Erin Kelly Gaines
  • Charlotte Freccia
  • Dr. Theodora Franck
  • Adrienne Floro
  • Tyler Fawbush
  • Dr. Dan Dudek
  • Adeline Courtial
  • Karen Radke Byrnes
  • Dr. Luke Berryman
  • Courtney Barlow
  • Justin Bailey
  • Staci Aronson
  • Marielle St. Amand
  • Darcy Aksamitowski
  • Angela Peters Murphy
  • Morgan Graff
  • Amy Milner-Gorvine

Angela Peters Murphy

Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

amurphy@roycemoreschool.org

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Angela is well-versed in educational opportunities in Greater Chicago. Prior to joining the team at Roycemore, Angela worked as an independent educational consultant and advocate in the Chicago area, helping families find the best school fit for their children.

After graduating from law school, she moved to Washington DC and clerked for the Senate Judiciary Committee and served as a Legislative Counsel for a Congressman of the US House of Representatives. After her time on Capitol Hill, she worked as a lobbyist.

In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her daughter Alex, her dog Murphy Murphy, reading, and exploring all that Chicago has to offer.


Education:

J.D., J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

B.A., University of Utah


Favorite Quote

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

Craig Tutt

Director of Athletics

ctutt@roycemoreschool.org

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Craig Tutt is Roycemore's Athletic Director. He began his career in education in 1999 as a Health and PE Teacher and coach in Virginia. He later migrated to the Seattle area where he continued to teach and coach for the Federal Way School District at Lakota Middle School. He later became the Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal of Lakota Middle School.

Additionally, Craig has served as Assistant Principal of Ogden International School in Chicago and Principal of Springfield Elementary school in his hometown of Luray, VA. Later experiences led Craig to work under the Superintendent as the Executive Director of Equity, Student, and Family success for the Federal Way School District, one of the nation's most diverse school districts.

Craig was a three-sport athlete in high school and college (Basketball, Tennis, and Track) and has coached Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, and Track. In his spare time, Craig enjoys cooking and baking, playing guitar, and always keeps a puzzle in progress on his dining room table


Education

B.A., Bridgewater College

M.A., Marymount University


Favorite Quote

"Don't let today be your best day" - Erin Jones


Why Roycemore?

I chose Roycemore School because it has the family feel that I have grown accustomed to in educational settings. A place where everyone is free to be who they are, supported in their quest for excellence while being challenged to be better individuals.

Kelly Strain

Second Grade Teacher

kstrain@roycemoreschool.org

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Kelly is the second-grade teacher at Roycemore. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Elementary Education and received endorsements in reading and social science. She has always wanted to be a teacher, growing up in the western suburbs playing school in her basement by writing lesson plans and giving spelling tests to her younger sister and neighborhood friends. They still talk about those days and how everyone knew she would someday be a “real” teacher!

Prior to teaching second grade at Roycemore, she was the lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher for three years and also spent one year as a substitute teacher. She remembers after her first day substituting, she left the school thinking how she would love to be a full-time teacher here and was eager to return. Now, over five years later, she is still excited to return to school each day!

Besides teaching, another passion of hers is traveling. During college, she had the opportunity to spend a semester in Eastbourne, England teaching Year 5 students. They were a loving, bright and inquisitive young class! (While there, she got to celebrate, in a crowd of about a million people, the marriage of Prince William and Kate!) More recently, she traveled to Iceland and saw the Northern Lights – a sight she will never forget. She is not sure where her next trip will take her, but she knows it will be an adventure!

Currently, she lives in Chicago and loves all the city has to offer. She enjoys cooking, running, listening to country music, and watching the Cubs – especially when they win!


Education

B.S. in Elementary Education, Illinois State University


Favorite Quote

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” - Dr. Seuss


Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

Teaching has always been a passion of mine. Every day I walk into a room full of smiling children that are eager to learn and play. I have the power to inspire and ignite curious minds each and every day and this means the world to me. Together we ask questions, calculate, paint, dream, laugh, tell stories, read and make our classroom come to life. I enjoy watching the children discover their passions and develop a love of learning, which I hope will last a lifetime. I serve many roles as a coach, comforter, role model, actor, nurse, and confidant. My goal as a teacher is for my students to know that I genuinely care about their successes and failures, and will always encourage them to be the best that they can be!


Why Roycemore?

The minute I walked through the doors of Roycemore, I was welcomed with open arms and felt an immediate sense of belonging, and this feeling has never diminished. Roycemore is a community that values a love of learning, acceptance, leadership, and respect for others, and I have cherished my 5 years here. The administration is supportive and encourages us to be the best.

Dr. John Trowbridge

International Family Liason and World Language Teacher

jtrowbridge@roycemoreschool.org

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Dr. John Trowbridge is the International Family Liaison and Teacher at Roycemore School. He has previously taught Upper School Chinese and Spanish and was a freshman advisor at Maryknoll School in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. In addition, John has taught courses in Asian, Western, and cross-cultural comparative philosophy, as well as traditional Chinese literature at a variety of colleges including Loyola University Chicago, the City Colleges of Chicago, the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Pacific University, and Kapi‘olani Community College. He has also taught Mandarin Chinese to children in grades K-5 at Haha‘ione Elementary School, as well as privately to adults and children of all ages. He has lived in Taiwan and has worked for an international adoption agency supporting families through international adoptions. In addition to Mandarin Chinese, Classical Chinese, and Spanish, John has an extensive background in Ancient Greek. In his spare time, he enjoys philosophizing, learning the guitar, Kenpo Karate, science fiction, and spending time with his four children.


Education

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese), Ohio State University

M.A. in Philosophy, Ohio State University

A.B. in Asian Studies, Washington University

A.B. in Philosophy, Washington University


Publications

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1540-6253.2006.00351.x


Favorite Quote

子曰:「學而不思則罔,思而不學則殆。」

"The Master said, 'If you learn (xue 學) without reflecting (si 思) on what was learned, you will be lost; if you reflect without learning, you will fall into dangerous circumstances.'" - Analects (Lunyu 論語) 2.15


Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I hope to inspire a life-long love of learning and a deep sense of empathetic imagination in my students.


Why Roycemore?

Roycemore, as a small, private school that prides itself on a personal touch in education where students are known and not just numbers in a large bureaucracy, reminds me a great deal of the school I attended from grades 5-12 and I am eager to give back some of what I received in that context of teaching and learning.

Vicky Pickett

Director of Finance & Operations

vpickett@roycemoreschool.org

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Vicky has worked as a finance and operations specialist in the not-for-profit sector for nearly all of her career. After more than 25 years in financial management and business process improvement areas at Northwestern University, she joined Roycemore School in August of 2017. As a born and bred mid-westerner, Vicky is a fan of Big 10 football and national league baseball. Her love of international cuisines takes her to restaurants all over the city. She loves to cook and to read – a perfect pot of chili and a great murder mystery book is her idea of the best way to spend a cold rainy day. Vicky’s office is located in the main administrative suite. Just look for the giant Chewbacca cutout!


Education

Music Education/Theater, Bethel College

Biblical Studies, Chicago Bible Institute


Favorite Quote

“My blood type is Starbucks”


Why Roycemore?

There is magic here – every day and everywhere.

Lizanne Wilson

Drama Teacher

lwilson@roycemoreschool.org

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As an artist, educator, and passionate advocate for children and social justice, Lizanne is deeply committed to fostering the growth of the children’s role as collaborators in their education. She has seen children discover their voices through Drama.

She grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, and started drama class at age 9 when her mom put her in LaGrange Children’s Theatre. She went on to work with transformative teachers in high school, then continued her theatre studies while majoring in English Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities. She worked as a professional actor for years in both the Twin Cities and Chicago. Favorite roles include Lemon in Aunt Dan and Lemon, Sophie Tucker in Bubblin Brown Sugar, and a tour of the US with the Illusion Theatre, where she worked with playwright and director Steven Dietz. Shortly after finishing graduate school, she was invited to join The Children’s Theatre Company’s Acting Company in Minneapolis where she created many roles and had the treat of working with Tomie dePaola on his two original Strega Nona musicals. It still makes her smile to think about working with the amazing author who called her “My Calabrese Leslie Gore. ” At CTC, she was appointed as Director of the Apprentice Program and a member of the Acting Company. At CTC, Lizanne played featured roles in mainstage productions and redesigned and taught master classes for the Performing Apprentice Program for young adult artists. She also directed Apprentice Company shows including David Mamet’s Writing in Restaurants and A Kurt Weil Musical Revue.

In Chicago, she had the pleasure of working for Miss Ardis Krainik when she appeared as Ida in Die Fledermaus at Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducted by Julius Rudel. In Chicago, her experience includes roles at Drury Lane, New Tuners Theatre, and Footsteps, and collaboratively writing and devising the play A Few Simple Truths, directed by Michael Gellman at the Organic Theatre. For 24 years, she was the Drama Specialist at Baker Demonstration School in Wilmette, Illinois where she developed and taught a comprehensive Drama program. Her experience as a teacher often calls upon her to design drama and arts programs for specific communities of learners.

Collaborating with the Roycemore Humanities and Fine Arts teachers, exploring Moliere's comedy with our advanced French students, and directing the upper school musical provide exciting opportunities to expand and deepen the drama curriculum at Roycemore. Lizanne was honored to be asked to serve on the committee to develop recommendations for the new mission and vision. Social justice is a vital part of her work and she also is part of the Faculty DEI committee.

She enjoys writing and working with teachers to integrate arts into the curriculum. She loves to travel and read and practice Iyengar Yoga. She is the mother of two daughters and is married to theatre planner and theatrical lighting designer, Todd Hensley.

Middle school students are some of her favorite people, and she is delighted to work with the welcoming community of families, students, staff, and faculty at Roycemore School.


Education

MFA in Acting, University of Minnesota

A.B. in English Literature, Washington University


Publications

Wilson, Lizanne, Gokce, Diana and O’Brien, Dana. A Learning Odyssey: Artistic Collaboration Around a Greek Myth. Schools: Studies in Education, October 2012. Journal article.

Wilson, Lizanne and McKenna, Kathleen. Multiple Intelligences: From Theory to Practice. Multiple Intelligences and Shakespeare: Sixth Graders Unlock Romeo and Juliet. International Association of Laboratory and University Affiliated Schools. The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. (2008) Monograph.

Wilson, Lizanne. “A Story Without Words.” The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum Ed. Norfolk, Sherry, Jane Stenson and Diane Williams. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. p.102-106. Book.

Wilson, Lizanne (March 2004) Old Friends. Broadcast on Mombo, A radio show syndicated through Pacifica Radio Network. Radio Broadcast.

Wilson, Lizanne (May 2004) Hats. Broadcast on Mombo, A radio show syndicated through Pacifica Radio Network. Radio Broadcast.

Wilson, Lizanne. (February 2002) We Have a Scene to Do Ms. Wilson: Drama in the Classroom. Followspot, Illinois Theatre Association Journal.

Wilson, Lizanne. (November 2000) How to Gather A Story. Followspot, The Illinois Theatre Association Journal.

Wilson, Lizanne. (May 1999) A Year of Movement. Followspot, The Illinois Theatre Association Journal.


Favorite Quote

“The arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world.” - Maxine Greene


Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

Children are astonishing and hilarious, and they do amazing work. Theatre is both fun and transformative. Every day is new and full of possibilities when I walk into the classroom to begin our class together.


Why Roycemore?

From the moment I entered the school, I experienced Roycemore’s community spirit. I relish any opportunity to collaborate and innovate within a vibrant learning community. I jumped at the challenge of creating something brand-new for Roycemore middle school. I am excited by the diversity within the Roycemore community and the opportunities for growth: to explore with my middle school drama students and to challenge myself as a teaching artist.

Nicole Wise

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

nwise@roycemoreschool.org

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Nicole comes to Roycemore from Virginia where she was an assistant in the Fairfax County Schools working with Special Education students. Nicole also taught an entrepreneurship class to young children ages, five to nine years of age.


Favorite Quote

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney


Why do you teach?

To make a difference and help students realize their potential.


Why Roycemore?

Because of its small size and the opportunity it allows to really connect with a student and be able to give them the attention needed

Marge Woodfill

Afternoon Receptionist

mwoodfill@roycemoreschool.org

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Marge has had a career as a business professional in the experimental aircraft field with years of customer service, management, and marketing experience. She has also taught ESL to children and adults while living in Mexico.

Chris English

Head of School

cenglish@roycemoreschool.org

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Chris English has over two decades of experience as a creative, solution-oriented, educational leader with a keen focus on effective classroom practice and student-centered learning. He has guided educational philosophy, brought new programs to fruition, developed alternative revenue, overseen expansion, led strategic planning, led accreditation, housed international students, and taught in classrooms, deserts, mountain tops, and rivers.

Chris and his wife, Lori, are parents to twin daughters. Lori and Chris enjoy home-renovation projects, historic houses and architecture, card games, movies, beaches, and discovering local art, music, and cuisine. Chris spends his downtime singing with his guitar or ukulele, or when he needs to be quiet, he settles in with a good book or TV show.


Education

MA in Technical and Professional Communication, East Carolina University

BA in Creative Writing, East Carolina University


Favorite Quote

“What’s another word for Thesaurus?” – Steven Wright


Why Roycemore?

When describing what I was looking for in a school, the person I was talking to leaned forward and said, “It sounds like you’re talking about Roycemore.”

Liv Garcia

Advancement Coordinator

lgarcia@roycemoreschool.org

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Liv is originally from North Carolina, where they spent time playing in the rivers and hiking the trails of the Piedmont region. Their love of learning began as a student at the Duke School, a private independent school in Durham, N.C. and they recently graduated with degrees in Theatre Arts and Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul.

Liv is a director and dramaturg in the Chicagoland area and has a deep passion for Shakespeare, feminist stories, and making the theatrical world more equitable. They come from a family of educators and communicators and are excited to continue down that path.

In their free time, you can probably find Liv reading at a coffee shop or having a picnic by the lake. They also make a killer charcuterie board!


Education

B.F.A. in Theatre Studies, DePaul University

B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, DePaul University


Favorite Quote

“Art is not living. It is the use of living. The artist has the ability to take the living and use it in a certain way and produce art.” – Audre Lorde


Why Roycemore?

I was blown away by the respect and care that everyone in this community held for each other.

Shauna Young

Accounting and Finance Coordinator

syoung@roycemoreschool.org

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Born and raised in Evanston, IL, Shauna attended and graduated from Evanston Township High school and Jackson State University. While there, she met her husband of 24 years and moved to North Carolina with her 4 girls. She continued working in the medical field, managing a doctor’s office in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She has over 15 years of working in the medical billing field starting at Evanston NorthShore.


Education

B.S., Jackson State University


Favorite Quote

"Smile because you never know how it might make someone’s day" – Wilma Terry


Why Roycemore?

The atmosphere and people make you feel at home, the smiles on the faces of these kids every day make everything worthwhile.

Ziggy Zapart

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