New year, new teachers

Along with a second year of expanding growth at Jones, come a crop of new instructors


Anna Barnett

Math 3A, and Math 3B

  • College: A B.A. in Mathematics with Teachers Certification from the University of Michigan
  • Interests: Playing soccer, walking her dog at the beach, watching movies.
  • Jones students have “most of the time, an enthusiasm for learning”.


Howard Hu

Honors Chemistry

  • College: A B.A. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, and a M.Ed. in Teaching from DePaul University.
  • Interests: Volleyball, Church, and Volunteer work.
  • Jones students are “polite, respectful, and ambitious”.


Emlyn Ricketts

CTE Law 1, 2

  • College: A J.D. from Loyola University Chicago, M.A. in Comparative Education Policy from Loyola University Chicago, and B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago
  • Interests: Travel, Reading, Spending time with family, Exploring Chicago neighborhoods
  • Jones Students are “incredibly impressive on so many levels, they are so eager to learn.”

Michael Borge

Economics, and World History

  • College: A B.A. in Secondary Education, and an M.A. in Instructional leadership   from University of Illinois in Chicago
  • Interest: spending time with his wife and kids, exercise, staying healthy and playing guitar and drums.
  • Jones Students have “varied interests”.

Justin Huang

Math 1 and Math 2

  • College: An M.A. in Teaching and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.
  • Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, board games (Settlers of Cattan)
  • Jones Students “Turn of their cell phones, are responsible and self regulating”

Mary Ann Siegel

English 1 and English 2

  • College: Michigan State University, undergraduate, Northwestern for masters, North Eastern Illinois, teaching degree.
  • Interests: Listen to music, swing dancing, writing creatively, loving her kids.
  • Jones Students have a “friendliness in hall and classrooms, take charge of situation, took it upon them selves to get their make up work from her(Ms. Siegel).


Ryan Maggid

AP U.S. History, and Honors U.S. History

  • College: B.A. in Political Science from Oakland University, M.Ed. in Secondary Education from DePaul University, post-bachelors classes in New Media Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Interests: Traveling, biking, eating, and the city
  • Jones students are “very smart, very driven, and curious”


Mia Gutsell

AP European History, and World Studies

  • College: B.A. in History and B.S. in Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago
  • Interests: Knitting, videogames
  • Jones students are “determined to do well… have great energy, lots of ideas”


Jordan Pasquelin

  • College: B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
  • Interests: Softball, Listening to music.
  • Jones students are “hard-working, cautious, and focused”


 Marisella Gradilla
Spanish I, Spanish II, and Spanish for Heritage Speakers III

  • College:  B.A. in Spanish from Northern Illinois University
    Prospective M.A. in Spanish Literature from Loyola University
  • Interests: Violin, Playing in the mariachi band
  • Jones students are “willing to speak and not shy”


Ted Grossman
World Literature and American Literature

  • College:  B.A. in American Literature from Brown University, Honors in Creative Writing University of Colorado: M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing
  • Interests: Traveling with wife and two sons.
  • Jones students are “regular kids” who sometimes prefer to talk about music rather than literature


Paul Zubb
PE I Health

  • College: B.A. in Education from Northern Illinois University.
  • Interests: Working out, watching Soccer, spending time with family.
  • Jones students are “friendly and easy and out-going”



 Joan Callan

French II

  • College: B.A. in French and American Studies from Wayne State University and an M.A. in French Literature from University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Interests: French movies and music
  • Jones students “have diverse amounts of talent”