San Miguel School i.t.a. Program
Helping children read!
Tad Smith, Principal and Executive Director, San Miguel School Chicago
Tad Smith has served in the inner-city school community since 2002 as a teacher, grade level coordinator, Lasallian Animator, and faculty mentor. He brings 13 years of prior teaching experience from St. Raymond High School for Boys in New York and St. Joseph Elementary School in California. Mr. Smith received his B.A. in Religious Studies and History from St. Mary’s College of California, and has taken continuing education courses at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is currently pursuing a M.A. degree in Educational Leadership from DePaul University. Mr. Smith is a member of the Mission Council of the Christian Brothers Midwest District, which promotes high quality educational opportunities for students from underserved communities throughout the region.
“The i.t.a. program in our school makes a big difference in the speed at which middle school students grow in their fluency and skill in reading and writing English.
At first glance, some might view the methodologies as juvenile and inappropriate for use on the middle school level; however, with regular practice struggling early adolescent readers and writers progress at remarkable rates when offered i.t.a. instruction.”
Phone: (773) 890-1481
Erin Hempstead, i.t.a. Coordinator and Language Arts Instructor, San Miguel School Chicago
Erin Hempstead shares over a decade of teaching experience with the San Miguel community, including international teaching experience in Spain and Honduras. After teaching at a home for orphaned children in Honduras, she began teaching at San Miguel School in 2008. During her time at San Miguel she has taught many different subjects, including language arts, religion, math and science. Since 2012 she has served as the i.t.a. Coordinator and Language Arts Instructor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in both Education and Spanish from Saint Mary’s College and was certified in Indiana in Elementary Education. She also holds a Master’s degree in Social Justice Ministry from Catholic Theological Union, which she completed in 2014.
“San Miguel’s mission is to support at-risk students, the majority of whom begin the 6th grade significantly below grade level, and consequently have a very negative self-image.
The i.t.a. program serves as an invaluable tool that offers individualized remediation according to students’ needs and abilities, which allows them to make a great deal of progress that many of them have never experienced in their academic careers. Not only does i.t.a. help our students develop as readers and writers, but also provides them with the support they need to grow in self-confidence.”
Phone: (773) 890-1481