Progressive Programs

Community Support

Academic Excellence

2250 North Clifton Avenue, Chicago IL 60614
Main Phone: 773-534-5535


Danielle Drayton, Interim Principal


Karen Neary (Mrs. Neary), Montessori Coordinator

I have worked in elementary education for over 10 years. Montessori education has been my favorite experience as it truly allows teachers to meet students where they are at, allows them to work at their own pace, and helps foster independence and critical thinking. Background:B.S. in Biology, University of Scranton; M.Ed. in College Administration, Loyola University; M.Ed., Reading Specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago; Inner-city Teaching Corp; National Board Certified Teacher candidate; Gold Apple Award nominee; teaching Certificate from Northwestern; Montessori EL1 certified. Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, reading, and trying new restaurants in Chicago with family and friends. As a child, I spent many years as an Irish Dancer.


Jill Kittinger (Mrs. Kittinger), IB MYP Coordinator

This is my 13th year in the education field. Before coming to Mayer I worked as the math/science coordinator at another CPS school. All students can and will learn when provided a rigorous and inquiry-based education that places an emphasis on higher-order thinking skills. Background:B.A., Marquette University; M.S. in Education, Northwestern University. Endorsed in math, science and language arts. English student of the year at Marquette University; Americorps Service Award – Inner City Teaching Corps; presenter at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference. Hobbies: Reading, playing and watching basketball – Go Marquette, watching football – Go Packers, having fun with my family.


Ana Solis, Guidance Counselor/Case Manager