Teachers Council

This council serves all teachers, teachers assistants, nurses, sign language interpreters, psychologists and social workers in District 211.



Immediately after being hired a teaching and coaching position in District 211, John Braglia became involved in the Teachers’/Teacher Assistants’ Council in order to participate in a local professional organization and more importantly to give back to the District and the profession.  Over the last 28 years he has worked very hard to provide leadership that is service-oriented, and grounded in respect.  John’s leadership, organizational, and communication skills, as well as his political experience, have provided him with the insight necessary to realign and reestablish the goals and the direction of the District 211 Teachers’ Union in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  As Local President John has worked towards incorporating a new philosophy that he believes more accurately reflects the sentiments of the members, which at the same time has made Local 1211 more connected to the new political arena that now transcends conventional political boundaries.

Vice President

Bill Scully is a Hoffman Estates Social Science teacher.  He currently serves as the Vice President of the Teachers Council.  His main responsibilities include overseeing changes in district policies, Academy North/South issues, union professional development subsidies, union elections, and technology use issues.   Bill has been serving the union since 1993 as a building rep and has been the Vice President since 2012.  Bill has a BA in History from SIU, an MA in History from Northeastern University, and an MA in School Administration from Roosevelt University.  Bill also an IHSA Hall of Fame wrestling coach.


Rich Cortez headshot

Rich Cortez is a math and computer science teacher at Conant High School.  He’s been the Teachers Council’s Secretary-Treasurer for the past 6 years.  Rich’s work for the union has been broad and very effective.  Rich was the chair of the Class Size Committee prior to becoming the treasurer.  His work as treasurer has put our Union’s accounting practice at industry standards.  He’s also expanded our scholarships from only giving six $1000 scholarships to ten $2000 scholarships, all without raising dues during his tenure.  Rich is also the head Math Team coach at Conant High School.

Vice President of Communications

Anita Lee has been a Social Sciences teacher at Palatine High School since 2002 after previously teaching at Warren High School and in Korea.  Anita has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Education from the University of Michigan.  In addition to handling all communication for the Teachers Council and the Local, Anita is extensively involved in the Evaluation process for our teachers, including being the resident expert on PERA and SB7.

2016-2018 Governing Board
Academy North: Amy Laskiewicz
Academy South: Paul Dumelle
Conant: Dave Moravek, Tracy Sharkey, Sharon McCoy, Dave Cromer, Derek Fivelson, Jen Mikrut (TA)
Fremd: Kevin Palmer, Rob Higgins, Jerry Cargill, Betsy Houchins-Lunsford, Amanda Schmidt, Chris Laskiewicz (TA)
Hoffman: Matt Dowd, Larry Clarke, Kelly Carroll, Bobby Walser, Phil Krzankowski, Julie Phalen (TA)
Palatine: Sarina Riley, Mark Johnson, Chris Bays, Joyce Richardson, Brittany Berleman, Peter Sokup (TA)
Schaumburg: Kendra Letzel, Jeremy Harkin, Jessica Wienke, Anthony Belmonte, Dzidra Malinski (TA)
Insurance Chair: Charlie Filipek
Class Size Chair: Derek Fivelson
Special Education Chair: CathyAnn Smith
Scholarship Chair: Kevin Palmer
Student Services Chair: Matt Wiley
LPDC Chair: Tracy Sharkey
District 211 Teachers Council Bylaws