Meet Our Teachers
Our passionate, expert teachers and staff make City Elementary an exceptional place to learn.
Head of School
Christopher began his career as special education teacher specializing in autism spectrum disorders 25 years ago. After leaving the classroom, Christopher ran after-school social skills programs for children with autism before developing and leading training for over 12,000 parents and professionals in best practice autism strategies. He started a non-profit in 2006 and has traveled the globe to provide autism training to developing countries. Christopher also founded a tech company that develops apps for individuals with autism that have reached over 500,000 users. At City, Christopher uses his experience and passion to support teachers and students in meeting their fullest potential. In his free time he loves to cook, especially with his sous-chef, his 10 year old son.
Lead Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator
Jessica received her BA in Special Education-Learning Disabilities and MA in Curriculum + Instruction from Michigan State University. She’s served as a Learning and Behavior Specialist for 13 years in Chicago and has worked with students of all grade levels in classrooms and in one-on-one settings. Jessica is also a certified Reading Specialist and has been trained in Orton-Gillingham methodology, strategic literacy teaching, and discrete trial teaching as part of Applied Behavior Analysis methodology.
She presents workshops to teachers across the city on topics around systematic reading instruction, Social-Emotional Learning, and evidence based best practices for Diverse Learners.
She wears a passion for literacy on her sleeve and loves to engage with students’ multiple learning modalities to make learning fun for students. Ask her what book she’s currently reading as she loves to spend time at her home in Hyde Park with her family.
Luella Adan received her BA in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Science in Education at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She taught at Brooklyn Friends School before taking time off from teaching to raise her son, Samuel (16), who has Down Syndrome. She moved with her family to Hyde Park in 2014. This is Luella’s 6th year at City Elementary where she has been creating dynamic learning experiences for all kinds of learners.
I began my career in community organizing during my junior year of high school, working days-end to establish a sense of equity in the city of Chicago by way of mentoring disadvantaged youth, assisting struggling families to wraparound services, and pushing legislation that will ultimately liberate our communities that are not only in the city of Chicago, but nationwide.
Upon completing my AA degree, I began working directly inside the classroom. I have enjoyed every single day working inside our schools, as it permits me the privilege of being a role model to our youth- Every educational facility I have walked in, I lead with the mindset of “being the person to our students, I wished I had while growing up.”
Hello! My name is Cameron Marlin. I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but moved to Chicago in January of 2021 after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BA in American Studies (Summa Cum Laude). I have been working at City Elementary as a Teaching Assistant since 2021 and now, as of 2022, I am also the main AfterCare provider! Prior to City, I have worked with K-12 students since 2019 as a long-term substitute teacher for Albuquerque Public Schools and as a summer camp counselor for an international youth program called CISV. I am very happy to call City my home and am eager to continue working with our incredible neurodiverse students, as well as our amazing staff and community!
Ches divides his life between Music Creation and Special Education as he received his BA in Music Production from Berklee College of Music, and is now pursuing his Master’s in Special Education. His long-term goal is to become a BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) who creates IEPs and supervises Behavioral Therapists. At City, Ches supports students by encouraging emotional regulation and teaching self-help skills. As a sibling to people with learning disabilities, diverse learners will always have a place in his heart. When he isn’t working with students, managing recording sessions, or DJing popular venues, he spends his free time fishing. He enjoys exploring Lake Michigan and ponds in Northern Illinois all year; even in the winter!