Diverse Learners

  • All Pulaski International School of Chicago teachers are of the highest caliber. Teaching in Chicago, in a community-supported IB World School authorized program is an attractive prospect which is not open to many Chicago Public School teachers. This has enabled Pulaski to be highly selective in offering teaching positions to the most experienced, highly qualified and committed of teachers. Teachers are supported by a dedicated team of educational leaders and staff.

  • Diverse Learners

  • Ms. Grober

    Diverse Learners – Room 004

    Ms. Grober has taught 4th-8th grade Special Education for the past six years. She is extremely excited to be joining the Pulaski team and is looking forward to her new adventure in the primary grades. Ms. Grober believes in building an environment in which all students feel confident and respected. Ms. Grober received a B.S. from Marquette University in 2010 and a Masters Degree in Community Mental Health/Special Education Support from Duquesne University in 2012. Before teaching, Ms. Grober worked with individuals with disabilities in an array of positions: Academic Therapist, Community Support Therapist, Case Manager, Early Intervention ABA Tutor, and Milieu Therapist at a psychiatric hospital. These experiences prior to teaching gave Ms. Grober tremendous insight on how to support students outside of the classroom. Ms. Grober enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and being outside (when the weather permits, haha). Ms. Grober is eager to meet the new staff, students, and parents of Pulaski!

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  • Ms. Gilson

    Diverse Learners – Room 004

    Ms. Gilson is a brand new graduate from DePaul University with a BS in Special Education. She is very excited to begin her professional career at Pulaski International School of Chicago! Ms. Gilson completed her student teaching at Pulaski, and has grown to love and appreciate the students and staff who have played a pivotal role in her development as an educator. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Ms. Gilson ventured to Michigan to study special education for two and a half years at Central Michigan University, specializing in low incidence and cognitive disabilities, before transferring to DePaul where she completed her degree. Outside of school, Ms. Gilson’s interests include: spending time outdoors and the arts, particularly theatre, as she worked in lighting and technology for Central Michigan’s School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts. Ms. Gilson is eager to begin sharing ideas and collaborating with all of the Pulaski teachers, students, and families!

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  • Ms. Furia

    Diverse Learners – Room 308

    Ms. Furia teaches diverse learners in elementary grades. She grew up in India and moved to the U.S. a few years ago. She has earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from University of Mumbai and a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia. Ms. Furia firmly believes in the importance of providing early special education services and interventions in order for every student to succeed. She focuses on overall development of each student and integrates activities that are interesting to the students and teaches in a way that instills their love for learning.

    When she is not working, Ms. Furia likes to cook and spend time with family. She also loves to travel and has visited several cities in the U.S. In addition to teaching all the academic subjects, Ms. Furia lives her passion for Chess by coaching the after school Chess Club. Ms. Furia is very eager to begin teaching in her second year at Pulaski. Here is a quote that she strongly believes in – “Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” — George Evans.

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  • Ms. Henry

    Diverse Learners – Room 313

    Ms. Henry is a Diverse Learners teacher and came to Pulaski in 2009. She currently teaches a 4th/5th Resource Language Arts class and co-teaches 6th grade Language Arts and Science. She is the coordinator of the OST/ After school All Stars grant program and facilitates the cooking club, the annual school play, the talent show along with Mr. Green, Field Day and the Saber Council. In her free time, Ms. Henry loves to cook new recipes for friends, garden (with helpful advice from Ms. Chang), ride her bike, become a better runner (inspired by the likes of Ms. Allen, Ms. Alley and Ms. Reardon), and, like most educators, travel whenever she gets the chance. She serves on the Board of the Chicago Foundation for Education as their 2017 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Henry shares her home with her husband, a lovable pit bull mutt, a hyperactive labradoodle pup, a stoic mini lop bunny, and a very busy colony of bees! 

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  • Ms. Nolan-Spohn

    Diverse Learners – Room 313

    Ms. Nolan-Spohn teaches diverse learners, with an emphasis on middle school. Ms. Nolan-Spohn is passionate about supporting student voice and self-advocacy. She is the advisor for “Outside the Box,” Pulaski’s literary magazine.

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  • Ms. Chang

    Diverse Learners – Room 314

    Ms. Chang is originally from New York City. She received her Bachelor’s from Wesleyan University in Literature and Government. While in New York, she worked with several publishing houses as an Editor, and continued her editorial work when she moved to Chicago. While in Chicago, Ms. Chang decided to transition into education and joined the Chicago Teaching Fellows. She received her Master’s in Teaching from National-Louis University. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her cats.

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  • Mrs. Hirsch

    Diverse Learners – Room 314

    Mrs. Hirsch brings over 22 years of teaching experience to her first year at Pulaski.  She has taught in school systems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and now Chicago.   She has taught in every grade from 1-6 with a wide set of learners and school settings from inner city to suburban schools.  Mrs. Hirsch went to West Chester University in Pennsylvania and followed with graduate courses at Temple in Philadelphia and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  She is married and has three sons who are all in college.   Out of school hours, she enjoys traveling, reading, sewing and trying new foods. 

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