MRS. MICHELLE HOERETH - PRESIDENT
Michelle is currently a PH.d Candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the university of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interest in an extension of her work as an Urban Planner for over 17 years as she focuses on the relationship between educational policy and community development. Her research interest includes issues of race and class inequality, political economy of urban education, and critical geography.
Aside from serving as an Instructor at UIC, Michelle is also the Director of Community Development at IFF, a regional community developmental financial institution. In this capacity, she focuses on the continued growth of IFF and works on broader comprehensive community development efforts within the organization. She is currently the lead on IFF's anchor institution initiative which is working to connect the relationship between community development and healthcare.
Michelle has a Masters in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, and a BA in Economics from Howard University. She plans to complete her Ph.D. in 2016.
Michelle resides in Flossmoor with her husband and four sons.
CAROLYN GRIGGS - VICE PRESIDENT
Dr. Carolyn Griggs is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Diversity at Concordia University Chicago. In this position, she is responsible for and provides oversight for the following programs: English as a Second Language (ESL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Differentiated Instruction, Teaching and Learning, and Urban Schooling. There are approximately 850 students, 11 full-time faculty, and over 100 adjunct faculty in her department. She has been in higher education for 14 years.
She has presented workshops and professional development seminars to various schools in the Chicagoland area on topics ranging from differentiated instruction and classroom assessment to parental involvement in public schools. She has collaborated with colleagues to present nationally on topics such as the academic engagement for Amerasian youth in Okinawa, digital storytelling, challenges in internationalizing in higher education, and stakeholder advocacy.
Dr. Theard-Griggs has been a plenary and featured speaker at the Illinois TESOL conference in 2015 and 2017. She has also been invited to speak on differentiated instruction for the annual CLEF conference in 2015 and 2016. In collaboration with her sister Dr. Theard, she received a Legacy Foundation Grant through Randall Children’s Hospital for $22,000 to conduct a pilot study on the Benefits of Preoperative Education. She is a founding member and Vice-President of the Illinois chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
Prior to teaching in higher education, she was a classroom teacher, grades K-3, for 10 years. She also served as an instructional coach and team leader. Her research interests include parental involvement in elementary schools, culturally responsive teaching, instructional coaching, teacher leadership, assessment, differentiated instruction and curriculum development. She has also been a curriculum writer and independent consultant for ETA/Cuisenaire (ETA Hand 2 Mind.)
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University, Chicago, and a Doctorate Degree and principal licensure from Loyola University, Chicago.
Carolyn is a member of the Lighthouse Church of All Nations and serves as the All Nation’s Children’s Choir Parent Helper. She lives in Flossmoor with her husband and their 4 children. You will most likely find her on a baseball or softball field with her family.
MISHA LYNN BLACKMAN - SECRETARY
Mrs. Misha Blackman was elected to the Flossmoor Board of Education in May of 2017. She has broad banking experience which spans over 20+ years and includes bank operations, treasury management, syndicated loans, portfolio loans and asset management. As Chief Lending and Credit Officer, she was responsible for the day to day management of the loan department for a $105MM community bank. Mrs. Blackman earned a BSBA and MA in Economics from Roosevelt University.
Mrs. Blackman has also worked as a tutor at Daley College, served on the board for the Youth Connection Charter School in Chicago, IL, served as the Director of Cheerleading for the Evergreen Park Stallions and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Misha resides in Flossmoor with her husband and daughter.
MR. STEPHEN PAREDES
Steve Paredes is a life-long learner who holds a BA in English Literature from Loyola University of Chicago, an MA in Education Administration from Governors State University, an MA in Education, and an MA in Reading from Saint Xavier University. Mr. Paredes is a high school reading specialist at Bloom High School. He has taught high school in a variety of learning environments in both New Jersey and Illinois. He started teaching in 1994 at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, working with at-risk students with a variety of social, learning and behavioral challenges. He has since worked extensively with students from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural-linguistic backgrounds, including a wide spectrum of students who have special needs. He has served on the Board since 2013 and as Board President since 2015.
Additionally, Mr. Paredes is a long-time resident of Flossmoor. Both he and his wife graduated from Flossmoor Junior High School (now Parker Junior High School), and Homewood-Flossmoor High School. He has two young children in the district that will also share in the success story of our Flossmoor elementary and secondary school systems.
Cameron Nelson is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he focuses on intellectual property law including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Mr. Nelson has substantial experience in patent litigation as well as anti-counterfeiting litigation and strategies. He represents companies in federal court throughout the United States. Mr. Nelson has been practicing law for 15 years.
Mr. Nelson is also one of the founders of HF Robotics, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and registered 501(c)(3) organization which supports FIRST® robotics teams in the Homewood-Flossmoor area. He has coached and sponsored FIRST® LEGO League and FIRST® Tech Challenge teams for several years.
Mr. Nelson has Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Cameron lives in Flossmoor with his wife, Michelle, and their 4 children.