the Madeleine Maraldi Awards

for Teaching Excellence

Curtis School of Excellence Nominees & Administration

Staff Bios (click to open)

  • Isiah Dodd

    Mr. Dodd joined the Curtis family during the 2016-2017 school year. This is his first year teaching first grade. He has two years of previous teaching experience in a charter network. Mr. Dodd graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English education. He has completed graduate coursework at DePaul University for Elementary and Special Education and is currently completing a special education/inclusive curriculum cohort program at National-Louis University.

  • Dominique Hamilton

    Ms. Hamilton is a sixth and seventh grade ELA teacher at Curtis School of Excellence. She has been teaching at Curtis for 4 years; however, she began her career at Bethune School of Excellence. She also is a former AUSL resident graduate.  She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds two Master's Degrees. Currently, she is a member of the Instructional Leadership Team.

  • Emily Schmidt

    Ms. Schmidt is a third grade teacher at Curtis School of Excellence. She is a former AUSL resident graduate and trained at Curtis in a first grade classroom during the 2014-2015 school year. This is her second year teaching at Curtis. Ms. Schmidt graduated from Marquette University with degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture. She went on to pursue her M.Ed at National Louis University, and is looking forward to earning an ESL endorsement in 2018.

    Ms. Schmidt has had the privilege of looping with her students over the past three years (including residency year). She is also a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, Attendance Committee, and Parent Partnership Team.

    You can watch Emily in action on our video page.

  • Barbara Williams

    Ms. Williams is a first grade teacher at Curtis School of Excellence. She is a former AUSL graduate and trained at Curtis during the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Williams attended North Central College from 2004-2008 and received a B.A in Psychology and Sociology. This is her third year teaching first grade at Curtis. She is also a member of the Instructional Leadership Team.

  • Stephen McClain, Principal

    Principal McClain reminds staff, students, and the community often that we are Curtis School of Excellence, and he does not take the latter half of our school's name lightly. In his third year as principal of Curtis, Dr. McClain models what it means to strive for excellence while continuing to raise the bar for staff and students alike. Dr. McClain couples his high expectations and urgency with the support his staff needs to ensure our students are getting the very best each and every day. This is done by leveraging the resources within the school and our network to strengthen teacher knowledge, understanding, and skill in implementing rigorous curriculum. Knowing that this work can not be done alone, Dr. McClain also secures partnerships with outside organizations and is committed to building teacher-leader capacity so that Curtis may become the premiere elementary school in Roseland.  We are one band, one sound at Curtis School of EXCELLENCE!