Sarah Thomas

Diverse Learner Coach & Coordinator

Sarah began working at Namaste in 2010 after attending graduate school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was able to bring her knowledge of academic interventions, progress monitoring and inclusive education to Namaste to develop a more comprehensive continuum of supports for all learners.

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Kate O'Rourke

Diverse Learner Teacher, K-2

Kate is driven to teach by her endless curiosity and love of human beings. She holds degrees in Early Childhood Special Education and Creative Writing, but life has been her greatest teacher – from growing up in Chicago, to single motherhood, extraordinary friendships, and the many things that students and families teach her every day.

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Kristin Soroko

Diverse Learner Teacher, 7th Grade

Kristin previously worked at Namaste for several years as both a Diverse Learner Teacher and a First Grade Classroom Teacher. Recently, Kristin served as a Founding Administrator at Moving Everest Charter School where she served as Assistant Principal and Director of Diverse Learning.

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Queing Jones

Physical Education Teacher

Queing is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and has over 15 years experience of working in creative learning environments. She’s taught in progressive private academies and charter schools in Chicago, and has helped create educational programming for museums and cultural organizations. 

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