Angela Johnson-Williams’ journey to Providence Englewood Charter School began as a 3rd grader, in a public school, who loved her teacher for teaching her cursive writing. Angela attended public, catholic and private schools and the combination of those experiences shaped who she is today. When Angela graduated she pledged to return and give back to the communities that taught her how to set and achieve goals. She honored her pledge.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in education from DePaul University and masters’ degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University and Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Angela went into teaching as a high school math teacher. She was later promoted to serve as mathematics department chair and as a member of the school’s first leadership team.
This training prepared Angela for the opportunity to serve as principal when Providence Englewood Charter School was formed in 2007. Since joining the school, Angela has been instrumental in creating an environment of academic and personal success for its students. Student NWEA test scores have grown dramatically from 16 percent to 50 percent. The number of 3rd-8th graders, who approached, met and exceeded state standards on PARCC in both reading and math has increased to 62 percent. More important to Angela is that 100 percent of Providence Englewood’s students have been accepted into Chicago’s leading high schools.
Angela’s work has been recognized by many organizations. She was awarded the Golden Apple Scholar and was named the first recipient of the Chicago Public Schools Principal Performance Award.
Angela’s experience as a student taught her that by setting goals and working hard, goals and dreams are achieved. She chose to join Providence Englewood Charter School to make her contribution to bettering the world.
One of Angela’s favorite quotes is: “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Angela is utilizing her experience to help students at Providence Englewood become something more…
Department Chair, Grades K–5
Amanda Higareda oversees all aspects of grades 3–5 including the curriculum, faculty and students. One of her main focuses is helping students smoothly transition from lower school to middle school. Amanda always has been a teacher at heart. Growing up in Chicago, she played an important role in teaching and working with her older brother, who has cerebral palsy. She credits him with being her inspiration for becoming a teacher.
After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep, Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in education and Spanish language and literature from Marquette University. She received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.
Amanda joined Providence Englewood as a 4th grade teacher in 2008 after being attracted to the school’s mission statement. She continues to serve as a 4th grade teacher in addition to department chair.
Amanda is involved in a variety of the school’s extracurricular activities. In past years, she has supported the school’s parent enrichment program and served as its Title 1 coordinator. She recently was certified as a yoga instructor.
Amanda said her favorite part of teaching is creating a family environment in the classroom that supports her students with learning and personal success.
Dr. Antoine Jones
Dean of Students
Dr. Antoine Maurice Jones is the Dean of Students at Providence Englewood Charter School. He grew up on the west side of Chicago, attending catholic and private schools. In 1989, he attended Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. In 1993, he was awarded a Graduate Assistant position at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where he attained a Masters of Arts in Public and Corporate Communications and later earned an Educational Doctorate in Supervision and Administration (K-12) in 2008.
While on the east coast, he taught in both primary and secondary school systems. He is passionate about education and dedicated to serving all under-served students. In 2009 he joined Providence Englewood Charter School as a lower school teacher for two years. In 2011, he became the School Counselor and Character Education instructor. For him, working at PECS has been an honor and blessing to his life’s mission; instilling hope, encouragement, good character and enhancing the full potentiality of all students becoming leaders of their communities and the world. Working at Providence Englewood continues to fulfill his life’s mission, dreams, and promises to serve and save our children.
Janelle Miller is the Academic Dean and focuses on improving and monitoring the academic health of the school through student, teacher, and parental support.
She credits her ambition and academic success to her educational experiences, and her educational philosophy stems from her experience with various Chicago Public and Private institutions. She believes that any child can thrive in a supportive academic environment with high expectations.
After graduating from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Janelle earned her Master’s degree in Teaching from Dominican University, her M.B.A from Loyola University, and her Master’s degree in Math Education from Illinois Institute of Technology. She has dedicated eight years of her career as an elementary and high school mathematics teacher in Chicago Public Schools. At the high school level, she spent four years leading a team of math educators as Math Department Chair. In this position, she provided instructional support and professional developments. She has also assisted administrators and teachers in curriculum development and planning for various grade levels.
Janelle comes from a family of educators and is passionate about serving her community through education. She is committed to improving the educational quality for all students. She understands the importance of adequately preparing students to compete with their peers domestically and globally, and will fight to do just that.
Social Worker, 504 Coordinator
Dana Mosley is the social worker for Providence Englewood Charter School (PECS) and is responsible for all social emotional issues in the building. Dana is also the middle school guidance instructor and the coordinator for the Parent Enrichment Program, Students in Temporary Living Situations, and the Garden Club. Growing up in a family of educators laid the foundation for Dana to make an easy transition from being a mental health and substance abuse therapist to a social worker in a school.
After graduating from Lisle Senior High School Dana went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. After receiving the degrees she went on to be a therapist at several local private and public mental health facilities; she was also a clinician for the Suicide Hotline.
Dana joined the PECS family in 2009 as a social worker and in 2012 became the middle school guidance instructor. Dana plans and coordinates the Do the Right Thing field trip that is open to all scholars that are doing the right thing. Past trips have included a skating/bowling party, Whirly ball, Cirque de Shanghai, theaters and the Enchanted Castle.
Working with children and families has always been a life passion for Dana and working at PECS has allowed her to achieve that goal. She enjoys the daily interaction with children and watching them grow emotionally as the years go by.
Middle School Department Chair
Rachel Salazar oversees all aspects of the middle school department including communication, curricula, faculty and students. One of her main objectives is preparing the students with the necessary tools so that they can attend Top Tier high schools. Since early childhood, Rachel has always wanted to be a teacher. She likes to share her enthusiasm and passion for learning and achieving with her students.
After graduating from Western Michigan University, Rachel taught middle school RLA for three years in Detroit, Michigan. Rachel then moved to Chicago and found Providence Englewood Charter School a school with an excellent foundation and an inspirational future. She happily joined the PECS family as the middle school RLA teacher in 2011. Now, along with being the Middle School Department Chair, she teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts.
Rachel is inspired through her daily interactions with students as they never fail to amaze her with their higher level thinking and creativity. She loves it most when former students return to Providence Englewood to share their accomplishments and successes with her.
Deputy Director of Operations
In her role, Shinwe manages all of the non-teaching activities for Providence Englewood including business, operations, logistics and development. Her efforts enable the principal and leadership team to focus on teaching and learning, knowing that the school’s day-to-day operations are running efficiently and effectively.
Shinwe’s leadership skills and commercial experience contribute greatly to the school’s strategic decision making. Shinwe reports to the executive board.
Shinwe has more than 20 years of experience in financial and operations management with the Chicago Public and Charter Schools. She earned master’s degrees in education and business from Loyola University and Roosevelt University.
Shinwe strongly believes that all children have the ability and intellectual prowess to set and achieve goals in order to be successful lifelong learners.
Faculty and Staff
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