Attendance & Truancy Division Staff

Monika Schwander-Lottermoser, Director

Monika has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work. In addition to working with students on their attendance, one of Monika's primary responsibilities is to represent the office in the event that a student is referred to court.

Mey Spencer, Bilingual Outreach Specialist

Ms. Spencer has a BA from the Instituto Nacional in El Salvador and a certification from Evantson National College in Social Work. Mey is fluent in English and Spanish. Mey returned to the Attendance & Truancy Division in November, 2007 after a four year hiatus in Florida. Prior to that, she worked with the Attendance & Truancy Division for five years.

Michael Clarke, Outreach Specialist

A graduate of Northern Illinois University in 2008, with a major in History. Mike is a high school baseball coach in the spring and summer. He joined the office in September 2008.

Abby Polonsky, Outreach Specialist

Abby has a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from National-Louis University. After many years providing therapeutic support to students and families receiving special education services, Abby received her certification as a School Counselor and joined the Attendance & Truancy Division of ROE- Lake County. She joined the office in August, 2013.

Andrea Kowitz, Administrative Assistant

Andrea has been with the office since May 2000. In addition to creating and maintaining the student database, some responsibilities include: hosting the annual Attendance Week competition, assisting with the grant-writing process, Accounts Payable, and overseeing the Budget. She is a graduate from Ashford University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in Education. Ms. Kowitz is also currently a graduate student of Concordia University for School Counseling.


For information regarding this page, please contact Andrea Kowitz.