• About Us

    michelle naumann

    My name is Ms. Michelle Naumann. This is my 17th year working in North Palos School District 117. I taught preschool at Sorrick School for nine years and this is my eigth year as a Reading Specialist at Dorn. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois with a Special Education Approval, a Masters degree in Reading from Olivet Nazarene University, an ELL Endorsement from National Louis University and I am Wilson certified (an intensive reading program geared towards helping children and adults who are dyslexic). As you can see, I love to learn! My goal is to instill this love of learning into the hearts and minds of the students who I work with. I hope to build their confidence while teaching them strategies they can use to help them become independent readers and life-long learners.



    My name is Susan Bolda. This is my 17th year as a Reading Intervention Teacher at Dorn. I received my B.A. from Lewis University and my Type 10 Certification as a Reading Specialist from Olivet University. I am also certified in the Wilson Reading System, a program that delivers instruction by using multisensory techniques. My husband and I have a wonderful son named Jaxon.
    I am happy to share my love of reading with my family, as we all have discovered the excitement that wonderful literature can bring. I enjoy working with your child and providing literacy instruction to help them achieve success in reading. I look foward to helping your child develop good reading habits and a life long love of books.



    My name is Gail McDowall. I have been teaching in District 117 for many years. Most recently as a Dorn First Grade teacher. I have 3 teaching certificates, including Reading Specialist, as well as endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education and English as a Second Language. Reading has always been my passion and I am excited for the opportunity to help kids get excited about reading!


    I am Mrs. Julie McElligott. This is my fourteenth year in the North Palos School District! I taught kindergarten for ten years in this district, and worked as the Pre-K parent coordinator for two years. This will be my third year as a Reading Specialist.

    Julie McElligott

    I have completed a Master's degree in Reading, and I am anxious to share what I have learned about teaching our students to learn how to read. I have another Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Teaching young children, and watching them grow as learners is such passion of mine. These years truly set the foundation for their life-long journey of learning!

    When I am not teaching, I am like to spend time with my family and friends. My husband and I have three children, Conor (7), Maeve (3), and Molly (1). We also have a husky, Nali, who is nine years old. I love to bake, exercise, and shop during my free time.

    I am not only excited to be working with your students, but also excited to work closely in partnership with you, the parents. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions, suggestions, or concerns! Here’s to a great 2018-2019 school year!