Meet The Team
Ms. Goedken, Principal
Ms. Goedken earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education, with a middle school endorsement in Language Arts and Social Sciences, from Northeastern Illinois University. She completed her student teaching at Warren Township High School. Ms. Goedken spent the first few years of her career working in their English department, as well as spearheading their academic recovery program “Project Failsafe”. Ms. Goedken has worked in many capacities in the Regional Safe School Program. In 2008, she was hired as a Behavioral Interventionist and substitute teacher. Ms. Goedken also taught Electives and English courses in the Regional Safe School Program for 5 years. In 2018, Ms. Goedken was hired as the program’s Principal. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Barrera, Program Facilitator
Ms. Barrera earned a Bachelor of Humanities from Barat College in 1997. Ms. Barrera has served various roles since being hired for the program in 1998. Starting as an Intervention Assistant, Ms. Barrera has also served as a Substitute Math Teacher, Teacher’s Assistant for Credit Recovery courses, Secretary, and Spanish Translator. Throughout the years, Ms. Barrera has helped to develop program procedures to promote a positive school environment for our students. Ms. Barrera has been in her current position of Program Facilitator since 2004. As Program Facilitator, Ms. Barrera is a liaison for the program and all stakeholders. Ms. Barrera ensures the accurate maintenance of all student records from their enrollment through their transition back to the home school district.
Ms. Gamboa, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Gamboa has been an administrative assistant at the Regional Safe School since 2019. She serves as the primary contact for external offices and assists with daily school procedures. Prior to her position at the RSSP, Ms. Gamboa worked at Lakes Community High School as a security guard. Ms. Gamboa has over 8 years of experience working in customer service and is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Gamboa earned her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She enjoys learning new recipes that can challenge her, as well as photography, and getting out in nature.
Ms. Kramer, Social Worker
Mr. Williams, Interventionist
Ms. Kramer has worked at the Regional Safe School Program since 2013. She currently works as a School Social Worker in the intervention classroom. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she studied Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. Ms. Kramer earned a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Williams is a Waukegan Illinois, native with a strong passion for helping at-risk students. He has been a Behavioral Interventionist for the Regional Safe School Program since 2005. Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Mr. Williams has 37 years of experience working with at-risk students in residential, therapeutic, and alternative school settings. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing and coaching basketball, and is currently the head Sophomore Boys Basketball coach for Waukegan High School.
Ms. Curcuru, Social Studies
Ms. Harrison, Science
Ms. Privett, English
Ms. Curcuru is an Illinois native who began teaching Social Studies at the Regional Safe School Program in 1997. Ms. Curcuru received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in 1995. She studied History and Secondary Education. Ms. Curcuru is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in World War II Studies from Arizona State University in partnership with the National World War II Museum. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Ms. Harrison began teaching at Regional Safe School in the fall of 2017. Prior to this, she student taught at Beach Park Middle School (Beach Park, IL) while working on her Master’s in Teaching at Trinity International University (TIU) in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to her student teaching experience, Ms. Harrison taught two undergraduate laboratory sections of Chemistry at TIU. In 2013, she earned her Master’s in Bioethics from TIU. In 2011, Ms. Harrison earned her Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology from Westminster College, located in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Prior to teaching, she worked in two research laboratories: Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and Loyola University, Maywood Campus (Maywood, Illinois).
Ms. Privett joined the Regional Safe School Program staff in 2018. She is in her 4th year of teaching middle school and high school English. Ms. Privett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from Dominican University. Born and raised in Illinois, she has spent most of her life living, working, and learning in Lake County. As a true bookworm, Ms. Privett enjoys reading and writing in her spare time, as well as watching horror movies, crafting, and playing with her German shepherd. Ms. Privett’s classroom mission is to find a way for each student to achieve in reading and writing - even if they don’t feel as if it’s their strongest subject.
Ms. Sciacca, Electives
Ms. Sciacca has been teaching the electives courses at the Regional Safe School Program since 2017. Prior to teaching at the Regional Safe School Program, she taught science in both charter and public schools for students grades 6-12. Since 2011, Ms. Sciacca has worked with at-risk, special education, and gifted students. Ms. Sciacca has worked with students to develop core skills in the areas of math and reading, to provide content-specific tutoring, as well as, to provide individual standardized test prep for the ACT, SAT, and ASVAB exams. Ms. Sciacca has a Bachelor’s in Science-Biology from Lewis University and a Masters in Education from the University of St. Francis.
Ms. Villacis, Math
Ms. Villacis joined the Regional Safe School staff in 2018 as a Mathematics teacher. Previously she taught for 4 years at a high school in Hampton, Virginia and 2 years in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Villacis earned her Bachelor of Education in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and her Master’s in Literacy Education from Northeastern Illinois University in 2014. Ms. Villacis is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her energy and humor are a joy to be around!
Mr. Ecker, P.E.
Mr. Ecker is the Physical Education Teacher for the Regional Safe School Program. He has worked and taught in Lake County, Illinois since 2008. For 8 years, Mr. Ecker ran the alternative placement program, as well as, taught high school Health and Physical Education for Grayslake Community High School District 127. In addition to teaching, Mr. Ecker coached high school baseball for over 15 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where he played collegiate baseball. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from National Louis University. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Ecker likes to spend time outdoors and be active in the community.
Mr. Beans, Paraprofessional
Mr. Beans is an enthusiast for both History and paintball. Mr. Beans has been an educator for a year and a half and continues to grow in his profession. Graduated from Emporia State University, Mr. Beans is formerly a Kansas resident and is licensed to teach History in both Illinois and Kansas. He is currently working as a paraprofessional at the Regional Safe School Program and always seeks to aid his fellow faculty in helping students reach their learning potential.