• Our Lincoln Park Campus

    Our state-of-art facilities will inspire our children to be ambitious.

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire each and every student

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  • Highest Quality Learning

    Our approach to learning gives each individual student the skills to thrive

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  • Love to Learn

    Our students love to learn, and our curriculum encourages inquiring minds and to always aim high

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  • Join Our Family

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one, you and your child will feel at home with us

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  • Stay Connected

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you

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  • Keeping Track of Busy Lives

    Find out about the latest activities and developments in our school, including our new campus developments

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  • Lifelong Values through Skills Development

    The benefits of physical activity extend beyond the gym and work towards children’s inspiration and growth.

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Year Leaders

Our middle leadership team represents each year group at BISC Lincoln Park from Pre-Nursery to Year 6. These nine leaders hold weekly meetings with their year groups and serve as representatives at our staff meetings too. Reporting to our key stage leaders, they are the senior leadership team's first point of contact regarding all year groups.

  • Emma Taylor 2016

    Emma Taylor

    Pre-Nursery Leader

    Emma Taylor

    I am from a town called Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. I studied for two years to become a qualified Nursery Nurse, before attending Edge Hill University near Liverpool where I undertook my teaching degree. After graduating, I moved back to my home town where I began teaching in a local primary school. I had the pleasure of teaching there for two years in a Reception class where I gained many invaluable experiences, such as, setting up a brand new classroom. During my second year of teaching I became Science Subject Leader for Early Years and KS1. This past year, I moved to a different Key Stage and set up another new (Year 2) classroom in a newly built teaching space. I first visited Chicago earlier this year on a holiday and I fell in love with the city, its diverse culture and unforgettable food. I am thoroughly excited to become part of the team at BISC Lincoln Park and to discover what more the city of Chicago has to offer!

    When teaching, my main aim is to excite, inspire and nurture all children. I believe each child is an individual with individual needs and that their learning should be personalized and structured to meet those academic needs. Every child deserves to learn in a holistic, nurturing environment; where both their educational and emotional needs are met. This will essentially help every child reach their full potential!

    • Universities Attended: Edge Hill University
    • Degrees Earned: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS Certifications Earned
    • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

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  • Esther Hunter 2017-18

    Esther Hunter

    Nursery Leader

    Esther Hunter

    I came to Chicago in 2015 and have loved every minute of life at BISC Lincoln Park! My specialism is Early Years education, and I have really enjoyed watching the children grow and develop over the year and seeing the remodeled learning environment mature into the enabling, interesting space it is today. I am passionate about high-quality, language-rich learning experiences for our children, and I believe we deliver this and much more in our classrooms and all-weather physical development area. At BISC Lincoln Park, we engage our youngest children in an enquiry based curriculum where learning is investigative and motivating. I have worked in Early Years education for 14 years, and every year is a new experience. In my first year here at Lincoln Park, I have appreciated leading a great team of professionals and I am very excited about the year to come. We will be building and extending on the excellent work, which has taken place this year to ensure that we are, as always, ambitious for all of our students.

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  • Alison Mathews 2017-18

    Alison Matthews

    Reception Leader

  • Nicola Sargeant 2016

    Nicola Sargeant

    Year 1 Leader

    Nicola Sargeant

    I was born in Birmingham but spent most of my childhood in York where I went to university and gained my teaching qualification. I returned to Birmingham for my first teaching job and then moved and taught in North Carolina, at the British School in Washington D.C. and finally Dubai before coming here to Chicago! I love to travel, and this year being in Chicago has given me so many opportunities to explore places I've never yet made it to as well as a whole new city with so many different neighborhoods and areas I still haven't made it to yet!

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  • Carla Williamson 2016

    Carla Williamson

    Year 2 Leader

    Carla Williamson

    Teaching was something I always wanted to do while growing up in Lincolnshire. Before moving to Chicago, I taught in both Key Stages 1 and 2 in a highly successful school in the outskirts of Liverpool following my graduation from University there. In my spare time, I enjoy sports and keeping fit, taking part in many sporting activities.I am also a keen sports fan and enjoy going to professional sporting events; some of which I have attended include: the Olympics, Wimbledon and the Commonwealth Games. I love that Chicago is such a vibrant city with so much to do. I enjoy exploring the city and trying out lots of different restaurants and watching the local sports teams. The lakefront is one of my favorite places in Chicago.

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  • Stephen Feeney 2016

    Stephen Feeney

    Year 3 Leader

    Stephen Feeney

    I am originally from Ireland, where I worked as a journalist for four years after graduating. Following a brief stint in Australia, I moved to Brighton in England to train as a teacher, where I remained for four years in before moving to Chicago in 2015. This city is incredible, and every week there is an opportunity to explore something new no matter where your tastes lie, be it sports, the arts or food. My favorite thing has been exploring all of the different neighborhoods.

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  • Emma Scott 2016

    Emma Scott

    Year 4 Leader

  • Jess Quilligotti 2016

    Jess Quiligotti

    Year 5 Leader

    Jess Quiligotti

    I am originally from Manchester, England and have also spent a few years living near London while studying at university. I moved to Chicago in August 2015 and have loved experiencing a new city. I really enjoy traveling to lots of new places in America and seeing all the different sights this country has to offer! Outside of teaching, I have spent many years training as an allstar cheerleading athlete. I have coached and trained competitively and have had the honor of representing England at the Cheerleading World Championships in Orlando, Florida for four years. I love running the cheerleading club at BISC Lincoln Park alongside Ms. Penner, and it’s great teaching children how to stunt, jump, dance and tumble!

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