New Staff 2021-22
Hired May 25, 2021
Josh Albers – NBJH Physical Education
Josh Albers earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Carthage College. He has taught physical education and health for the past seven years at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein. Josh also brings coaching experience in baseball, soccer, wrestling and track.
Laura Cohen – NBJH Gifted Coordinator
Laura Cohen is returning to NBJH as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator after spending the last two years at Deerpath Middle School as an Advanced Learning Specialist. Prior to that, Laura taught 6th grade language arts at NBJH for 11 years.
She received a master’s degree in gifted education from Northeastern Illinois University, a master’s degree in teaching from National-Louis University and bachelor’s degree in journalist from Northern Illinois University.
Sarah Gusewelle – NBJH Spanish
Sarah Gusewelle graduated in 2021 from Ohio State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in world language education. Sarah’s student teaching included Spanish in the elementary and high school settings. She has also received Advanced Proficiency rating in Spanish speaking and writing.
Mackenzie McGrath – NBJH Physical Education
Mackenzie McGrath will move from classroom assistant at Westmoor School to applying her expertise in physical education and health education at Northbrook Junior High. She received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and completed student teaching at Elk Grove High School and Greenbriar School. She also has coaching experience in girls lacrosse.
Madeline Schwartz – NBJH Social Worker
Madeline Schwartz joins the district with experience as a social worker in the Indianapolis public schools. She completed her internship work at Evanston Township High School and Urban Prep Academy in Chicago. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University.
April Board meeting
Eric DeMattia – 8th Grade Math
Eric DeMattia earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education from Augustana College. After completing student teaching in an 8th-grade math classroom in Moline, Eric has taught a variety of math levels at Pontiac High School for the past four years.
Andrew Treiber – 7th Grade Math
AJ Treiber earned his bachelor’s degree from Drake University after graduating from Loyola Academy for high school. He taught 7th-grade math in Adair, Iowa and a combination of 7th and 8th-grade math at Immaculate Conception in Chicago.
Brigette Hurst – Meadowbrook Instructional Facilitator
Brigette Hurst has taught grades 3, 4 and 5 over the past 12 years in Barrington. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2007 and completed her master’s degree in Language and Literacy in 2009. Brigette was a Golden Apple finalist in 2017 and participated in the Golden Apple Academy for professional development on dynamic and personal teaching.