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Student Services

At Chicago Jewish Day School, we believe it is essential to educate the whole child — taking into account the social, emotional, academic, spiritual, physical and creative needs of each individual student. The CJDS Reach Department is designed specifically to help us fulfill our mission to help children become good learners and good citizens, friends, and partners. To meet students where they are and support them and their families in their journey, the Reach Department consists of academic support, social/emotional support, and supporting the transition to high school. 


Student Services Team

Sarah Fox Sparber
Director of Reach Services
Degrees and Accreditation:
-Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education, University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
-Master of Education: Curriculum Studies, DePaul University, Chicago IL,  2011
-Reading and Teacher Leadership
Years Teaching: 19
Years at CJDS: 19
Michael Gladstein
School Psychologist
Degrees and Accreditation:
-Education Specialist Degree: Loyola University in Chicago, 2006
-Illinois Licensed School Psychologist
Years in Education/Psychology: 28
Years at CJDS: 12

Nina Harris
School Social Worker

Degrees and Accreditation:
-Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Drake University
-Master of Social Work, University of Chicago
-LCSW, 1995
Years in Social Work: 35
Years at CJDS: 6

Carrie Weber-Greenberg
Middle School Learning Specialist

Degrees and Accreditation:
-Bachelor of Science, Special Education, P-21, Learning and Behavior Disorders, LBS1, Murray State University
-Master of Education: Curriculum and Education, English as a Second Language, National Louis University
Years Teaching: 14
Years at CJDS: 6

Jen Alcakovic
Lower School Case Manager and Reach Teacher

Degrees and Accreditation:
-Bachelor of Science in Education, Washington University
-Master of Education: Educational Leadership and and Elementary Education, University of Pennsylvania
-PhD: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota
Years Teaching: 32
Years at CJDS: 3

Nancy Kamin
Lower School Case Manager and Reach Teacher

Degrees and Accreditation:
-Bachelor of Science in Psychology, DePaul University
-Master of Education Language and Literacy, National Louis University
-Certification: Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner 
Years Teaching: 13
Years at CJDS: First year
Rachel Levitt Sollinger
Middle School Student Services Coordinator
High School Placement
Diverse Learning Advocate
Degrees and Accreditation:
-Bachelor of Arts, Psychology: The Ohio State University
-Juris Doctorate: Chicago-Kent College of Law
-Masters of Education, Literature, Northwestern University
Years teaching: 10
Years at CJDS: 11