John Price is a career educator who began teaching on the near west side of Chicago in a Catholic School. John started as a volunteer teacher and the school used his salary to provide tuition scholarships for children to attend the school. Seeing his work as a service to the community has continued throughout his 21 years in education. John has taught 3-8 graders in all subject areas at three different schools in Illinois and California. After leaving the classroom, he served as a literacy coordinator and assistant principal and then became the principal at Audubon Elementary School in 2006. Before leaving Audubon in 2011, the school earned the distinguished Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education in recognition for outstanding improvement of student learning. After leaving Audubon, John moved into district leadership for Chicago Public Schools. He served as a regional superintendent, supervising elementary and high schools for three years before leaving to become the Assistant Superintendent in Evanston.
A California native, John has lived in Chicago since 2001 with his wife, Cheryl, and two children, ages 13 and 10. When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, and of course attending dance and soccer practices. John also spends his free time reading and training for 5K and 10K races. Cheryl is a lawyer working as the executive director of DePaul College of Law’s Family Law Center in downtown Chicago.
Oscar Hawthorne has over 25 years of experience in a variety of teaching and school leadership positions. His background includes serving as principal at Streamwood High School, assistant superintendent/principal at Evanston Township High School, and principal at Proviso West High School.
Mr. Hawthorne earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education from Kentucky State University, Master of Arts in Education Administration from Governors State University, and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. Oscar Hawthorne is a native of Flint, Michigan and is married with three children.
Chief Academic Officer
Mrs. Yesenia Sánchez has had the pleasure of serving as Director of ELL/Bilingual and Title I Programs in Mundelein Elementary School District #75 since July of 2014. She spearheaded the development of a Two-Way Immersion program. Under her leadership, new curriculum has been developed to best meet the needs of the district’s culturally and linguistically diverse student population. She has also managed and led professional learning communities, guided district-wide professional development initiatives, and managed parent outreach programs.
Mrs. Sánchez holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University, Masters in Teaching and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Aurora University. Yesenia is married to Rafael, a high school Math teacher, and is the proud mother of two sons Rafael and Maximiliano.
Director of Finance and Operations
Greg comes to the district with a wealth of experience. His most recent position was as Director of Resource Management and Accountability for the Special Education Department in Chicago Public Schools where he oversaw a $850 million budget.
Greg worked in CPS from 2012 to 2019. Prior to working in CPS, Greg held several positions in the private sector serving as CFO and CIO in the technology sector. Greg has his law degree from the University of Michigan, and his undergraduate from Notre Dame.
Director of ELL/Bilingual Services
In the 2018-2019 school year, Ms. Sosa served as the district’s Assistant Director of English Learner Services. Prior to that she was a kindergarten dual language teacher for nine years in Alsip Hazelgreen Oak Lawn School District 126.
Ms. Sosa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the ﬁeld of dual language and bilingualism to North Chicago. As the Director of English Learner Services, she will oversee the district’s PreK - 12th grade EL programs and the progressive implementation of D187’s Dual Language program.
Director of Human Manager
Director of Technology
Director of SPED