It is Our Vision to: Create a Multicultural Community

Vision: At Casals School of Excellence, our vision is to create a multicultural community that will prepare and educate ALL students to be self-motivated, independent, life-long learners who are leaders impacting change for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Mission: At Casals School of Excellence, we collaborate and partner with all stakeholders to provide a rigorous inquiry-based instruction to promote college and career readiness; integrate 21st century skills into our daily curriculum: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication; foster a profound appreciation for multicultural perspectives; inspire future leaders by modeling and providing meaningful opportunities to achieve success; and promote a safe and healthy environment by integrating social-emotional learning standards.

Pre K-8

Casals School of Excellence

3501 W. Potomac Ave.
Chicago , IL 60651
773-534-4444

Enrollment: 477
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Casals

As the principal of Casals School of Excellence, I am honored to serve the students and families within our community. I whole-heartedly believe thatevery child deserves a high quality education and a school environment that both encourages and supports students’ development academically, socially, and emotionally. The Casals faculty and staff are committed to educating the whole child and making Casals School of Excellence a pillar in the community. No Exceptions, No Excuses!

K. Langbehn, Principal

Performance

Our Growth In
Achievement

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Casals School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Casals School of Excellence is named in honor of Pablo Casals (1876-1973). Originally from Catalonia, Spain, Casals was a musician from an early age and became a professional cellist and conductor. He is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time. Casals made many recordings throughout his career, but is best remembered for his recordings of the Bach Cello Suites, which he made from 1936 to 1939.

Casals School of Excellence opened in 1989 and contained 28 classrooms, a gymnasium, lunchroom, and library. The school, which is located on a former industrial site, was built to relieve overcrowding in neighboring schools.

The building was renovated in 2012 and contains 27.5 classrooms and serves 450 students.

AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Casals School of Excellence to AUSL in 2012 as a turnaround school. Turning around a school is one approach that CPS uses to improve neighborhood schools that have been failing for many years. The transformation begins with the new leadership and teachers in the building to deliver effective instruction and the right climate and culture to the same neighborhood students.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, Casals School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone: 773-534-4444

Administration

Kristie Langbehn
Principal
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Lillyam Cruz
Asst. Principal
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Teachers

John Beck
8th Grade Teacher
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Michelle Brignoni
1st Grade Teacher
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Anna Cangelosi
1st Grade Teacher
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Teresa Chavez
6th Grade Teacher
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Heather Debby
7th Grade Teacher
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Hilario Dominguez
Spec. Ed. Teacher
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Briana Estevez
4th Grade Teacher
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Sarah Evan
Teacher
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Laura Formal
7th Grade Teacher
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Lauren Furlong
4th Grade Teacher
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Nicholas Hall
8th Grade Teacher
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Megan Heitkamp
Spec. Ed Teacher
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Tarryn Jones
2nd Grade Teacher
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David Kim
Spec. Ed Teacher
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Scott Liska
Spec. Ed Teacher
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Jennifer Serritella-Kolin
Music Teacher
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Angelica Paramo-Manzo
Teacher
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Kristen Munoz
Spec. Ed Teacher
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Gabriel Paez
Bilingual Teacher
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Sharon Herod-Purham
5th Grade Teacher
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Terrie Rayburn
6th Grade Teacher
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Christina Romo
Councelor
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Vincent Rosado
Gym Teacher
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Catherine Schroeder
Pre-K Teacher
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Taylor Showalter
5th Grade Teacher
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Ellen Sidorski
2nd Grade Teacher
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Michelle Silverstone
Kindergarden Teacher
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Brittany Tidwell
3rd Grade Teacher
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Michelle Zlatkin
3rd Grade Teacher
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Support Staff

Cornell Bursey
Dean of Students
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Lucelly Carvajal
Bilingual Sp-Ed classroom Asst
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April Frazier-Daniels
Security Supervisor II
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Lakesha House
Clerk
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Lorena Jimenez
Teacher Asst. Bilingual II
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David Lugo
Security Supervisor II
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Victoria Martinez
Instructional Asst.
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Tatiana Martinez
Lunch Room Manager
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Marcos Nieves
Technical Support
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Ivonne Questell
Clerk
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Lenell Robinson
Senior Security Officer
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Orlando Rodriquez
Security Officer
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Kenyatta Shelton
SECA
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