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Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in visual communication and painting/drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Master’s degree in special education and another in educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University

Ms. Mary Mangione

Starting with the 2021-22 school year, Ms. Mary Mangione will serve as the principal at the Dream Academy in Elgin.

Ms. Mangione serves as the Assistant Principal of Student Services for the Central Schools Programs, a position she has held since 2019. She brings more than a decade of teaching and educational leadership experience to her new role with deep knowledge and skills in the area of students with autism, emotional and behavior disorders. 

In her current role, Ms. Mangione facilitates IEP meetings and three-year evaluations, promotes restorative practices and serves as an instructional leader. She has also supported cross-departmental work through District committee participation. 

Prior to joining U-46, Ms. Mangione served as a lead teacher/case manager at the Virtual Connections Academy in Palatine. She has also served as an art teacher at South Campus Therapeutic Day School, developing the fine art program there, and as a special education teacher for students with high functioning autism at New Connections Academy. 

Ms. Mangione earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in visual communication and painting/drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a  Master’s in special education and another in educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University 

Associate Principal

Phone: 847-888-5000 ext.2761

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Mr. Rafael "Rafa" Martinez

Mr. Martinez-Ortiz came to Dream Academy this year 2023 as the new Associate Principal. He is not new to our district, he came to U-46 in 2007 as a Bilingual Science Teacher. He has served in several roles mostly in U-46, as a teacher, Dean, Division Head and Assistant Principal of Freshman of Success. Prior to coming to Dream Academy Mr. Martinez has support the transition of the 8th graders to 9th grade, has one of the highest numbers of Freshman On Track across the district and has being an advocate in the district for students to earned the distinction of Seal of Biliteracy as part of promoting the value of being bilingual as an important asset in the 21st century. He also oversees many curriculum departments in his positions like Family and Consumer Science (FACS), AVID, PE, Social Science, World Language and ELL/DL Programs.

While at Elgin High School Mr. Martinez built many supports and programs to support freshman students from the ground up. He created tier interventions to support the students transition to high school after school with Fresh Start and collaborated with partners like Upward Bound at ECC to connect students with post-secondary opportunities. As the first Assistant Principal of Freshman of Success, Mr. Martinez has worked to connect students with extracurricular opportunities to find success during their four years of high school. 

Prior to taking on this position, Mr. Martinez  taught Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Geometry, Environmental Science, ESL, Health classes at Larkin High School and Elgin High School in Spanish and English. He also was part of the Dual Language Program committee in the implementation of the program in each of the comprehensible high schools. During this time Mr. Martinez was able to experience teaching in every grade level from 9th grade to 12th grade. 

Mr. Martinez earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education degree in Science (Biology) from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and then earned two Master degrees in Bilingual Education and Educational Leadership from Aurora University and Concordia University. He is always striving to be a long life learner and do what is in the best interest of all students. He is very happy to continue to be part of the Dream family moving forward. 

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Mr. John Chacon

Johnny Chacon received his Bachelors of the Arts in English Literature and professional educator’s license from Roosevelt University, a school committed to social justice. Johnny spent his decade-long English teaching career trying to stay true to Roosevelt’s mission. He worked in public, charter, and private alternative schools in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Elgin, serving students from historically disenfranchised communities. Throughout his career, he has served in leadership roles such as Lead Teacher, Student Support Team Chair, English Department Chair, Grade Level Lead, and School Improvement Planning Committee Chair. He is now excited to be back in school at Northern Illinois University where he is working towards his Masters of Science in Educational Administration. While in school, he is working as Dream’s Resident Administrator through which he’s learning everything he can about the job of an educational administrator with hopes of one day becoming a principal himself. Johnny is committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to realize their unique genius and graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills necessary to find post-secondary success, whatever that means to them.

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