Did you know it is Teacher Appreciation Week

Help us kick off #TeacherAppreciationWeek by learning about the amazing members of our Education Team!

While teachers will tell you how fulfilling their work is, we also want to recognize how challenging some days can be, especially in the wake of the events of the past several years. Our Education Team is instrumental in supporting our patients at Compass and through their transitions back to school. 

Start #TeacherAppreciationWeek by taking a few moments to learn more about our Education Team and celebrate them for the impactful work that they do. Let's take a moment today to #thankateacher. 


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  • Brigette Kuykendall, MA, LBS 
  • Alison Steele, MS. ED. 
  • Therese Mescher, M. Ed. 
  • Jenn Rogers, BS
  • Elizabeth Recinto, M.Ed, MA, NBCT
  • Cara Franke, MS
  • Kimberly Joseph, BA 

We are so fortunate to have the Education team in Chicago. They are talented educators who are giving with their knowledge, flexible and engaged. They are instrumental in supporting our patients as they return to school and are all-around great partners.  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 


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Oak Brook 

  • Emily Lemick, M.Ed., LBS 
  • Felicia Farrar, MA 
  • Leslie Murphy, M.A., LBS
  • Jessica Durkin, MAT, LBS1
  • Not Pictured: Jena Griffin, LSW, LBS1 

We are so appreciative of all that our Education Specialists do here in Oak Brook. They go above and beyond for their patients and teams and have supported in building close connections/relationships with our local schools/community. We don't know what we would do without them!"

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  • Kathy Kapsimalis, M.A. 
  • Dana Smith, M.A.
  • Jen Fiala, M. Ed.
  • Heather Abels, M.Ed 
  • Sheri Kroscher, MAT
  • Emily Crane, M.Ed. 

"Our Education team is a vital component of the treatment team wrapping around our patients. Our kids and teens oftentimes name that school and schoolwork can feel daunting while they are receiving the clinical support they need. Our Education team helps them take the clinical skills they learn at Compass and the confidence they build in tacking challenges here back to the classroom." 

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Virtual Program Coordinator

  • Chloe Zimmeth, MAT  

“Teachers are invaluable at Compass  – easing worries during the school transition and holding space for inevitable anxiety. Our teachers are so passionate about the work they do and it shines through to the patients, families and school contacts.” 

Brittney Teasdale

Associate Director of Brand Management