Exploring Knowledge Horizons: Insight into Our Comprehensive Approach.
With Pilgrim’s “combined grade” classroom approach, our experienced teachers can tailor lessons to meet each student exactly where they are academically, ensuring they receive the support and challenge they need to thrive. It’s the opposite of “one-size-fits-all” instruction!
In math and science, the curriculum is inquiry-based, engaging students in real-world problem-solving and high-level questioning. Through experiential learning, we empower young minds to explore, experiment, and discover.
Educating the Whole Child
1:1 iPads in Pre-K through 3rd grade
Our 8th grade achievement test score is consistently 3 grade levels ahead of the national norm.
Elementary School Teachers
7th/8th Grade ELA & Social Science Teacher/Advisor for High School
Mrs. Stephens received her B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Pennsylvania State University and later received her Masters of Education from DePaul University. Before joining the Pilgrim staff, she was the preschool teacher at Saint Luke Academy in Chicago.
In regards to teaching, Mrs. Stephens is especially passionate about utilizing technology to create an interactive and enhanced learning environment for students. She also wants to pass along her love of reading books to her students in her classroom.
When she is not serving as Pilgrim’s first grade teacher, Mrs. Stephens enjoys leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, participating in worship and activities at her church, hiking and fishing with her family, and relaxing at the beach in the summer.
Mrs. Barclay received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a concentration in English Language Arts from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Mrs. Barclay’s goal is to encourage her students and help them unleash their full potential. She uses varied learning methods and teaching strategies to facilitate the learning of all students.
In her free time, Mrs. Barclay loves baking, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her family.
Mrs. Doerfler has been involved with Pilgrim Lutheran School in a variety of ways since 2010. Mrs. Doerfler completed student teaching for her masters degree with Kathy Tighe (a former Pilgrim teacher), served as a substitute teacher, coordinated auction fundraising, provided in-class support, tutored and worked one-on-one with students, and started teaching 3rd grade in the fall of 2020. Both of her children have attended Pilgrim Lutheran School since they were three-years-old, and her family loves being a part of the Pilgrim community.
When she is not teaching, Mrs. Doerfler enjoys reading, canning, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Mrs. Cardo was first drawn to Pilgrim because her husband attended the school and his parents were members of Pilgrim Lutheran Church. She is proud to be part of two generations of her own Pilgrim family as all three of her children are graduates of Pilgrim as well. Mrs. Cardo is excited to share the gift of a Pilgrim education with the current generation of students.
Before coming to Pilgrim, Mrs. Andreen taught at schools in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Houston. During three of her years teaching in Houston, she was the English Department Chair and had the honor of winning Paul Revere’s “Teacher of the Year.”
Mrs. Andreen attended Louisiana State University, where she earned her B.A. in Literature and later obtained her Secondary Education certification. She is married and has two children, Riley and Connor. Both attend and love Pilgrim. She enjoys entertaining, cooking, crafting, reading, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Raabe is married to another church professional, and a math teacher at that! She is the mother of three independent Christian women. In her spare time (a rarity during the school year), she enjoys walking, working outside, and reading fiction.
Mr. Yearick graduated with a degree in Education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Spanish and German. In the classroom, Mr. Yearick is a strong proponent of creativity and adaptability: “Each class has a wide range of abilities and learning styles, so I try to vary the presentation of the material to reach all students. If they’re having fun, my job is easy.”
When not serving as the Spanish, science and music teacher at Pilgrim, Mr. Yearick performs as a folk rock musician and is the frontman for a progressive rock band.
Mrs. Stewart received an Associate of Science degree in 3D Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. She has taught in the elementary department of Uptown Christian School for 14 years and is now teaching art part-time to the high school at U.C.S. For many years she has been on an art team at her church creating large artworks and installations. She has also taught workshops for children and adults at festivals and women’s events. Mrs. Stewart recently had two solo art shows and her work is currently on display at Baker Miller in Lincoln Square.
Over the past six years, Mr. Hockensmith has taught band at the beginning, middle, and high school levels in various school districts. One of his most recent teaching positions was 5th grade beginning band in Mount Prospect. He also taught and rehearsed both 5th grade bands at Fairview and Lions Park elementary schools, and coordinated three concerts throughout the school year with the middle school band director at Lincoln Middle school in the same district.
Mr. Hockensmith’s other previous experience includes serving as the Assistant Band Director at Fremd High School where he taught freshman band, percussion methods, and music theory, alongside marching band percussion for both Fremd and Waukegan high schools.
As a percussionist, Mr. Hockensmith is currently the principal timpanist for Lakeview Orchestra.
He is proud to be following in his father’s footsteps, who was a PE teacher for 40 years. Mr. Hagopian loves fitness, strength, and teamwork!