• My name is Mrs. Katharine Ziel and I am pleased to say that this is my 15th year as a teacher in District 117.  I am not only a teacher, but a resident of the community. I was raised in Hickory Hills and currently live in the Palos Area. I am married and have three daughters and currently hold a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University and an ESL certificate through National Lewis University.
    I have taught first grade general education for two years, kindergarten at Dorn for the past nine years and I'm so excited to begin my fourth year teaching math and science at in First Grade. 
    This year I will have split classes and will teach only Math, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting, and our Michael Heggarty phonics program.   I can't wait to get started and if you need anything, please let me know.    
    Hello and welcome to Mrs. Ziel's First Grade Class! 
    Feel free to contact me at kziel@npd117.net or 708-233-7877.