Maureen Gilligan joins Knapp School and Yeshiva as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment with a broad range of education experience and leadership credentials. Trained as a historian and educator, Maureen worked in Chicago Public Schools for a decade as a classroom teacher, instructional leader, assessment coordinator, teacher mentor and before this role, teaching in community college and university settings. Maureen is a native Chicagoan and returned to the city in 1995 after receiving her Doctorate from Emory University. She also spent her college years in Hawaii and began to develop her appreciation for the outdoors while she lived there. Her interests include reading, playing guitar, yoga, traveling with her husband and family, spending time in Michigan enjoying nature, and relaxing with friends and family. Here at JCFS, Maureen hopes to influence student growth, academically and emotionally, by supporting the teachers who directly interact with the students daily.