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Totschool Teacher Bios

Amelia A. Lozano

Amelia is the Totschool Supervisor and brings over 30 years of experience to the Woodridge Park District. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Lewis University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Amelia’s passion for teaching is evident not only at the Park District, but in all facets of her life. In addition to teaching children in Woodridge, she also acts as the Sunday School Director at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester. Amelia and her husband live in Woodridge and have five children and three grandchildren.  Outside of Totschool, Amelia enjoys reading, movies, traveling and spending time with family.

Cindi Bielawa

Cindi Bielawa

Cindi initially began teaching at Totschool as a substitute teacher and was hired in 2016 as a permanent teacher. She loves teaching children and enjoys their energy and fun personalities. Cindi previously taught preschool in Downers Grove, was a Girl Scout leader for six years and was very active in her children’s school PTO. Prior to moving to Woodridge 25 years ago, Cindi lived in Fort Worth, Texas, where she attended Tarrant County College. Her and her husband have been married for 30 years and have a son and daughter.

Cheryl Lang

Cheryl Lang

Cheryl is in her seventh year teaching at Totschool and teaching the four-day class for four-year-olds. She previously worked as a nanny and a teacher at St. Joan of ARC and KinderCare, and also volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America. Cheryl resides in Woodridge with her husband and three children, two of whom are Totschool alumni. She and her family enjoy spending their summers together at Jelly Stone Campground.

Estelle Callaghan

Estelle Callaghan

This is Estelle’s fourth year teaching Totschool. She believes teaching is one of the most rewarding and challenging professions, which is what motivated her to receive a K-9 Elementary Teaching Certificate after completing her education in Speech Pathology. Estelle has been married for 30 years and has two sons and lives in Darien. She enjoys exercise, long walks with her dog and spending time with family and friends.

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Gina Liska

Gina could not be more excited to be joining the Totschool team. She resides in Woodridge with her two children, both alumnis from the Totschool Program. Before teaching at Totschool, she ran a home daycare for several years. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing home decor and design. She also loves animals, especially her dog, Bo.

Lisa Oskorep

Lisa couldn’t be more happier to return to teaching our youngest learners at Totschool. Her passion for educating is evident in her previous position as a first grade teacher at Divine Infant as well as her volunteer role as a catechist at Saint Scholastica. She resides in Woodridge with her husband and three children. She enjoys being her children’s biggest cheerleader for all their activities as well as gardening, crafts, shopping and being a coffee connoisser.

Christine Andrews

Christine is really excited to return to Totschool. She resides in Woodridge with her husband of 21 years and their son, who is a alumni of the Totschool Program. She has been teaching for over 20 years. She attended Triton College where she got her degree in Early Childcare. She loves working with children and seeing the excitement on their faces when they learn something new! When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Becky Nachman

Becky is happy to be joining the Totschool team. Before joining, she ran a home daycare. She also previously taught Kindergarten and first grade in Joliet. She loves spending time at home with her husband and their four kids, three of whom are previous Totschool Alumni. When not at home, she can be found hiking, playing with her dogs at the dog park or cheering her kids on at their athletic events.

Lisa Trauscht

Lisa is thrilled to become part of the Totschool team. She lives with her husband in Woodridge, along with her three children, who all are Totschool Alumni. She has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and was a first grade teacher prior to staying home with her children. She volunteers as a Girl Scout leader for her daughters troop and loves to volunteer at her children’s’ school whenever possible.  She enjoys spending time with her family, baking and walking the family dog, Lucky.

 

 





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