Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Evanston's Megabucks Unionized Teachers

(Editor's Note: The list of names and salaries was updated on 10/23/12 to reflect the latest available 2011 salary data. Readers of the article with the 2010 list will note that they all got hefty little pay hikes, despite the bad economy.)

Evanston, Illinois is one of the most wildly liberal "progressive" municipalities on the face of the American landscape. It voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. It has no Republican presence to speak of.

It has a political context that is dominated by the teachers' unions and other public employees unions.

It is culturally a hotbed of oddball organic food enthusiasts and wealthy trust-fund lefties who live in inherited multi-million dollar homes.

It has a sizeable black population, which has gained such a level of Obamaite political clout that it has compelled its School board to jettison "honors programs" in English, Humanities and Science, because not enough Blacks and Hispanics could make the cut from the nationally standardized tests.

Only Whites and Asians were making the grade.

It has 114 unionized teachers hauling down $100,000 a year or more -- up from 85 last year. If this is an era of national economic austerity, you'd never know it if you were a unionized Evanston teacher. And 2 of them are gaming the system for more than $200,000 a year.

These teachers are more than 95% Democrat liberal in voting behavior. They sneer at the mere peasants who toil to pay their gold-plated salaries.

Upon retirement they will pull down 80 to 85% of their last paycheck -- with full medical benefits -- for as long as they live.

They are the new elite. The new aristocrats. Or in the parlance of their Soviet philosophic blood-brothers -- the new privileged apparatchicks.

But Evanston is going broke.

Its School districts are going broke.

Its mayor, an aging, 60s-era leftist Democrat feminist by the name of Elizabeth B. Tisdahl recently had to concede, "I feel bad when telling these new police and fire recruits that we will be able to pay them these promised benefits, because we probably will not."

Here are the latest available salaries of the Evanston Township unionized teachers (these are the ones who are always lamenting "we need more money for education.")

Funny, if 2 of them should marry, they would meet Jan Schakowsky's, Nancy Pelosi's and Barack Hussein Obama's criteria for being amongst "the most wealthy Americans," who should be taxed to the hilt.

Here are the Evanston High School Teachers' salaries, just updated on 3/1/11 to reflect 2010 salaries. Fatcats pulling down $100k + are in bold, the ultra-elite $200k + are in bold and italics. ---

These figures are culled from the IL State Teachers Retirement Fund annual reports, by way of the Family Taxpayers Foundation which was compelled to file suit so that this information would be made transparent for the taxpaying public to see.

Judge for yourself:


Teacher Salary Database - (click on the individual's name for more data)

Evanston Twp HSD 202 2011 Download data
Abplanalp, Charles$96,980
Agin, Richard$73,111
Akinrinade, Channing$112,435
Alebiosu, Juanita$131,352
Allen, David$107,052
Amaker, Alana$100,857
Arey, Beth$75,648
Augustine, Shani$102,451
Autry, Tracy$116,089
Baker, Jennifer$112,235
Barlow, Jeffery$105,992
Barnthouse, Marsha$131,877
Barrett, Michael$103,424
Barrett, Valrie$112,235
Barry, Kevin$90,592
Baumgartner, Pamela$115,134
Bavis, Peter$140,728
Becker, Aaron$93,159
Belgrade, Evan$72,699
Bhudvanbhen, Suthiratana$85,898
Blades, Michael$85,462
Bolden, Amber$86,573
Boller, Jennifer$83,896
Bourjaily, Matthew$81,354
Bowers, Richard$152,670
Bowyer, Scott$121,079
Boyer, Jody$73,403
Brady, Gerald$55,615
Brady, Julie$53,086
Brelias, Eugenia$152,478
Brewer, Sunsahrae$60,311
Brown, Alexander$57,569
Brown, Eric$88,027
Brown, Kiwana$79,813
Bumbry, Cynthia$120,602
Calixte, Franz$92,785
Campbell, Marcus$112,377
Campos, Fernando$72,886
Canchola, Aracely$77,316
Cardis, Richard$85,912
Casalino, Diane$114,571
Chaitkin, Denise$82,896
Chan, David$88,027
Chmela, Thomas$115,126
Christiansen, Beth$106,817
Chung, Natacha$98,741
Cirone, Christine$112,552
Clark, Vernon$147,682
Colwell, Julie$111,603
Connie, Leslie$120,162
Consiglio, Frank$96,676
Cooper, Caroline$101,307
Corrigan, Michelle$90,436
Cortesi, Cristina$93,159
Cotte, Jose$118,972
Cruz-Marquez, German$103,424
Curtis, Cynthia$72,207
Curtis, Jed$128,076
Dammers, Christopher$94,159
Davis, Charles$136,121
De Rousse, Randal$118,972
DeCraene, Peter$121,447
Delgado, Clare$103,424
Dickman, Stephen$112,235
Domasik, Robert$113,987
Dorman, Evelyn$90,841
Draganski, Thomas$93,159
Driscoll, Matthew$107,393
DuBrow, Daniel$87,415
DuSold, Elizabeth$86,421
Edwards, Lisa$111,485
Ehmke, Sabrina$72,629
Engel, Katrina$78,177
Erby, Dawn$3,250
Farmer, William$83,856
Feeley, David$116,130
Fierer, Ellen$73,995
Figel, Nancy$105,678
Figiel, Maritza$113,808
Fisher, Jennifer$155,121
Flevaris, Demetra$75,648
Fodor, David$143,006
Freeland, Ross$80,950
Friedman, Carol$115,717
Futransky, David$98,291
Gates, Michelle (Shelley)$94,720
Gattone, Joseph$118,489
Georgantas, Clare$108,555
Gesky, Luella$87,448
Gilroy, Cory$73,223
Gordon, Darlene$75,536
Gordon, Glenford$61,845
Gottlieb, Robert$129,880
Graham, Traece$103,674
Granito, Teresa$107,052
Green, Michelle$87,738
Gross, Lynn$112,235
Gutstein, Betsy$107,349
Haller, Gary$84,477
Hanley, Marita$98,291
Hansen, Debbie$70,959
Harris, Chad$101,307
Hart, Alicia$87,842
Hartley, Elizabeth$69,869
Hawthorne, Oscar$182,094
Heineman, Maryjoy$76,214
Herbert, Timothy$103,049
Herrmann, Jessica$77,763
Herrmann, Zachary$72,845
Hill, Kamasi$121,360
Hill, Linnette$105,992
Hinkle, Letitia$85,006
Holland, Chala$0
Holloway-Nelson, Anitra$84,885
Holmes, Tamie$105,505
Holzkopf, Elizabeth$111,124
Hurley, Patricia$108,555
Husband, Angela$66,473
Isaac, Kara$75,529
Jackson, Linda$121,150
Jaeckel, Kari$90,481
Jenkins, Janice$136,656
Jhunjhunwala, Sachin$60,311
Johnson, Anthony$108,555
Johnson, Nicole$80,764
Jones, Chester$113,473
Joyce, Karilyn$95,024
Kaiser, Matthew$64,610
Kale, Lynda$6,726
Kaplan, Richard$122,454
King, Anthony$115,860
Kinzie, Taya$84,435
Kobs, Jamie$62,856
Koeppen, Melissa$56,208
Kohnken, Russell$97,600
Latham, William$103,585
Lawrence, Jonathan$88,412
Leibforth, Dale$105,468
Levinson, Judith$154,220
Lewis, Rosette$75,648
Linke, Leslie$95,725
Litt, Alice$105,928
Livatino, Chris$126,434
Livatino, Marie$81,354
Loeppert, Alison$88,477
Lowe, Rodney$111,485
Lucas, Stephen$98,291
Mallory, Julie$71,149
Marien, Mina$48,249
Markgraf, Adam$80,025
Marks, Kimberly$72,694
Martello, Jamie$78,170
Maton, Petra$60,249
Mauer-Oats, Andrew$88,352
McAlpin, Ganae$75,207
McCaffrey, Kevin$103,997
Meier, Scott$112,263
Metcalf, Neva$89,047
Mickelson, John$73,134
Miller, Paula$151,978
Millington, Bryan$82,974
Miner, Andrew$56,208
Mishinger, Inna$46,658
Morris, Sondra$62,300
Morrow, Julie$90,739
Mull, Timothy$118,616
Neal, Jenny$118,417
Neal, Kathleen$137,800
Neill, Mara$77,181
Nelson, Amy$100,857
Nelson, Tyrone$102,226
Newman, Deshana$108,901
Newman, Steve$93,749
Nguyen, Ngoc-Diep$165,000
Niharra, Maria$87,513
Nord, Stacey$87,454
O'Connor, Kandy$53,086
O'Mara, Mary$66,473
O'Shea, Joseph$120,162
O'Toole, Elizabeth$60,784
Oberman, Lisa$123,042
Ogura, Makoto$100,857
Onuscheck, Mark$117,000
Osmelak, Jane$81,690
Ostrowski, John$127,575
Parker English, Nicole$99,588
Patterson, Theresa$115,000
Payne, Patricia$115,682
Pearson, Gina$75,207
Peltier, Janine$80,328
Petrof, Margaret$106,267
Piekarz, Leah$115,555
Pino, Kathleen$151,900
Polega, Jennifer$0
Polinski, Matthew$0
Pollack, Melissa$100,924
Pollack, Tara$101,497
Porter, Mari$36,187
Pulido, Lucila$82,963
Raisner, Hilda$118,513
Ramirez, Alonso$77,763
Reed, Mary Theresa$117,659
Rees, Thomas$98,291
Richardson, Tim$113,667
Robertson, Rachel$56,208
Romanelli, Grace$60,311
Romano, Mariana$65,526
Rose, Blaire$81,753
Rose, Winston$102,451
Roth, Robert$142,828
Roubekas, Nicole$106,494
Ruocco, Paola$90,592
Rutherford, Whitney$61,209
Salinas, Rodolfo$122,828
Sarmonpal, Sandra$81,405
Schelbert, GionMatthias$66,473
Schenck, Fred$107,327
Schnatterly, Cassie$96,045
Schroeder, Elizabeth$97,203
Seaver, Erika$80,328
Segall, Andrew$98,534
Seibold, Marla$115,555
Sharma, Divya$69,549
Siegel, Semadar$112,685
Sienkiewicz, William$126,787
Simcoe, Bernadette$127,945
Simon, Jeffrey$124,303
Simons, Kornel$112,219
Sklar, James$90,592
Skweres, Sheila$110,502
Slack, Sharon$75,198
Slaton, Adriane$69,549
Sloan, Pamela$105,075
Smith, Craig$119,858
Smith, Maria$140,165
Sotnick, Julian$103,699
Sowa, Terri$115,550
Speight, Steven$103,424
Stanek, Jay$93,807
Steidley, Crystal$83,776
Stephenson, John$91,056
Stone, Brian$99,392
Stone, Laura$0
Su, Robert$80,328
Succes Sr., Marx$105,397
Symonanis, Karen$103,424
Tiziano-Dreher, Tina$69,999
Todorovska, Petya$79,013
Turner, Christopher$90,194
Tyrrell, Kandace$97,027
Van Heukelem, Anna$125,424
Van Krey, Michael$117,089
Vazquez, Michelle$75,648
Verbrick, Amy$118,900
Vondracek, Mark$117,648
Walker, Toly$91,929
Walsh, Matthew$95,027
Walter, Lisa$92,661
Weber, Kathleen$83,391
Weiner, Joel$109,555
Wenzel, Leslie$130,839
White, Dondelayo$100,000
Wilburn, Montell$84,369
Wilczynski, James$103,397
Williams, Tenesha$94,753
Williamson, Sara$84,178
Wilson, Tranquil$108,534
Winchester, Corey$56,431
Witherspoon, Eric$247,813
Wool, Jamilah$102,155
Wool, Steven$129,811
Wylie, Michael$67,497
Zarate, Martha$87,963
Zhou, Chengkuan$62,422

This concludes the complete report of 2011 teachers salaries paid in Evanston Township High School District 202.


  1. This is just disgusting. People paying property taxes seem clueless to me, they are paying for all of this and they wonder why their taxes are going up every year, especially now when their property values are going down. Unions really should be outlawed now - they've served their purpose and their time is done. People like this who are raping the taxpayer, holding their children's education hostage unless they get their raises and benefits really do need to be stopped, plain and simple.

  2. And when I showed this to an old black woman in Evanston -- no doubt an Obama supporter and probably non-taxpayer -- she said "Well they deserve that good money -- just go after those millionaires and billionaires."

    Like Oprah, maybe?


  3. Wow,this is not disgusting it is genius... a city where they actually educate their kids, rich and poor. You know why this is genius, it is because we all benefit from having educated kids in our society!!!!

    Kids in Evanston out-test kids in private schools all over the counrty because their teachers are good and the system rocks compared to most! furthermore, it is better than having rich families paying $25,000 to 35,000 a year for private schools.

    so what does this mean for you if you do not have kids!
    More tax paying money available from rich people in Evanston to go to other city services rather than to private schools.

    It also means well educated kids-(rich and poor). So what does having well educated kids mean.... It means, less crime, less kids who end up on welfare and suck up more tax paying money, less people who end up in jail and suck up more of our tax dollars, better educated people who will become your doctors, police, lawyers etc some day. And, OMG, a better society to live in. Imagine that.
    hmm, maybe we should not pay for education and we can all live like on the south side of Chicago! Bang Bang your dead - welfare moms getting fed!

  4. Let me see if I get this right. When schools fail, like on the South side, the teachers union workers say it is the fault of the parents.

    And when government schools do passably well, the teachers union workers say it is because of their sterling work and massive remuneration.

    But aren't the South side schools peopled by the same unionists at the same hefty salaries?

    And as for Evanston's crime free ivory tower, hasn't there been 2 fatal shootings just outside ETHS over the past 2 years? And why does ETHS have a police paddy wagon permanently parked outside?

    Further, this supposedly competitive school eliminating its advanced honors programs for the sake of "diversity." Too many white students were qualifying.

  5. Mr. Chicago Lampoon,

    I am a teacher at the high school and I am sure that you will automatically discredit my remarks that follow, but having just finished grading a stack of reports, I feel compelled to correct a few of the "facts" that you have presented in your blog.

    On your list from above 22 of them are administrators, deans, or department chairs who are not a member of a union and who work 11-12 months out of the year.

    With respect to the faculty at the high school over 87% of them hold Masters Degrees or higher. In fact the majority of the teachers breaking the 6 figure barrier hold two Masters Degrees or a Doctorate Degree. On another post you insuated that people who enter the teaching profession are "generally among the most dim witted and least ambitious students on campus". That is a pretty powerful assertion to lump the majority of teachers in that category. Unfortunately the Family Taxpayers Foundation does not post our transcript or resume information, but not surprisingly many of our faculty earned degrees at "serious universities" like Stanford, Northwestern, and Harvard.

    Do some dim witts find there way into a teaching job? I am sure they do, just as dim witts are able to find their way into any job. ETHS has rigorous hiring and evaluation standards coupled with competitive salaries that help to attract highly qualified and motivated employees.

    Another point to clarify is that TRS reported earnings of teachers includes coaching stipends, summer school pay, and a number of other extra-curricular sponsor stipends where faculty devote a tremendous amount of time in the mornings, evenings, and weekends working with students in addition to their job responsibilities that already extend well beyond the 8 hour "contractual" work days and 9 "contractual" work months.

    One final point before I return to grading is that the retirement benefit information you present has some inaccuracies. The maximum benefit is 75% of an average of their salary of their last 4 years. Keep in mind 9.4% of the salaries listed above go into the TRS pension system. That is significantly higher than a private sectors 6.2% (currently 4.2%) social security contribution. Teachers do not get social security.

    Given your post history I am sure that you will still criticize the amount as being too much money, which is fine. You have the right to determine your own value system.

    It is certainly interesting to see how some people value education and I am always fascinated by how some people view the teaching profession. I am thankful to be a part of a community like Evanston where the majority of its residents understand the importance of quality schools.

  6. If the ETHS hiring standards are as "rigorous as the academic standards there, one could hardly be encouraged. After all, ETHS is scrapping honors curricula because it doesn't fit in with its embrace of the desire for "racial levelling", "multiculturalism", "diversity" and other manifestations of anti-white racial bigotry.

    Those advanced degrees in education from Harvard and Stanford may jack up the salaries of these ETHS hirees to staggering levels, but they wouldn't get those people a job at Sidwell Friends, the elite school where Obama sends his own kids. The Washington elite, apparently sees no value in those kinds of degrees as it will only hire teachers with degrees in their core subject areas.

    But in your comments, where is there any hint of any sympathy with the Obamaite notion of "shared sacrifice" during this economic disaster?

    All these hirelings got pay INCREASES last year, while their employers (the public in case you forgot)were suffering massive job losses, home foreclosures and erosion of their retirement nest eggs.

    The moral thing would be to start the discussion about 25% across the board salary cuts for employees of the government schools and a stark re-negotiation of all health care and retirement guarantees made in the past.

    This, of course, highlights the need to eliminate the collective bargaining bludgeon that has been wielded by government employees to secure those agreements.

  7. The "honors" curriculum is not being scrapped. If anything, the new curriculum will be even more rigorous for students and they will earn honors credit through their performance. There has certainly been a lot of media coverage and editorials so I can understand where you may have gotten the idea that the honors was being eliminated, but that is not what is actually occurring in the classroom. Also as white male myself, I fail to understand why you think this change is anti-white. All students capable of earning honors credit will still be able to do so.

    I don't quite understand your fixation with Sidwell Friends, but ETHS also requires its teachers to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the subject that they teach. As I mentioned, many of them have a masters or doctorate in their core discipline. In addition to this they have earned BAs or MAs in education. Since I would assume you do not work at Sidwell Friends, I am not sure how you are able to draw the conclusion that no teacher from ETHS could be hired to work at such an institution. In quickly reviewing their application and job descriptions I am sure that we have enough quality faculty members who could meet their hiring expectations.

    We are all tax paying members of the public. I am appreciative of the fact that the residents of this community including myself pay a significant amount in taxes to fund public services like education. I probably should remind you that this public service of education ultimately provides returns for you regardless of whether or not you have children who are educated by Evanston public schools. A well-educated population will help to strengthen our economy and society. I bet we could even agree on some examples of wasted tax payer money in public services, but I do not believe this to be the case with respect to education. In comparison to other states, Illinois does not adequately fund education which actually places the burden more heavily on local communities.

  8. Contrary to your assertion, the district has made sacrifices and continues to do so looking toward future school years. You are correct that staff salaries have continued to increase slightly over the course of the last couple years. The negotiated salary increases were responsibly linked to CPI. As you may or may not be aware, this creates a 2 year lag effect in terms of its impact on the district finances. This means that we soon will be experiencing a salary freeze in about a year while the private sector likely will be rebounding with salary increases.

    But I have digressed from explaining our shared sacrifice. The district has been trimming over a $1.5 million dollars over each of the past couple of years and will continue to make cuts of that magnitude into the near future. The district has moved forward with reductions aimed to minimize the impact on students. Health care plans have been trimmed annually to help manage the rapid increasing cost of health care. Employee contributions to health care have also increased with the rising premiums. Supply budgets have been significantly cut, which leads to an increase in the out-of-pocket expenses teachers already spend on behalf of their students. The district has reduced its working force through attrition which requires faculty to assume more responsibilities and manage larger classes of students.
    I would also like to take this opportunity to share another little known fact about our salaries because many of us are actually feeling a pay freeze or cut for FY 2011. Private sector employees have gotten a temporary 2% break from social security deductions this year (6.2% down to 4.2%), which of course has been off-set by the 2% state income tax hike resulting in no impact. Teachers don’t pay social security since we pay 9.4% of the salaries you posted into the Teachers’ Retirement System so we did not get an off-setting break in social security. So even though our gross earnings will show the average 2% increase next year, the actual amount we are taking home will actually be less.
    I know this would appear to fall short of the 25% pay cuts you have proposed. Those seem to be a little drastic. In looking at my friends and family members in the private sector there certainly are a couple examples of small pay cuts, a few more pay freezes, and obviously bonuses have often been eliminated. But, I have yet to find an example of someone taking a 25% pay cut. Do you have any examples? Did the Wall Street CEOs forego their lavish contractual bonuses when they mismanaged their financial institutions?

  9. Let's put this in perspective. During the Great Depression, government school teachers in Chicago went entirely unpaid for almost an full year. When they were paid it was often in local government-issued scrip.

    Home foreclosures in the Chicago area increased in the past two months. The state's enemployment rate is officially 10-11%, but an AFSCME spokesman put it at more like 15%.

    I hazard to say that most private sector workers did not get any kind of increase last year tied to the CPI.

    And you are complaining because secure tenured teachers with high salaries have to kick in a little more for their own health coverage and because the 2% COLA they got will be eaten up by the tax hike that Quinn and the Democrats voted in. They voted it in to (among other reasons) pay into your own underfunded teachers retirement fund.

    Perhaps you should tell your union bosses that they shouldn't have funneled massive amounts of your dues into Quinn's campaign kitty.

    And you are complaining about the time lag in COLA so that you won't get another yet pay hike in 2011. And you use the onerous term "salary freeze."

    This is astounding.

  10. It looks like the PR staff at ETHS is working overtime -- I trust their union contract will assure appropriate remuneration.

    As for the commentor who denies that the honors program is being scrapped -- that is pure rubbish.

    The top 5% are being thrown in with the mediocrities and are told they can earn honors credit, if they do a little extra work.

    As Naomi Daugherty, after noting that the honors classes were mostly white, innocently said at the hearings on this "It's time for all students to experience excellence."

    In other words, "No ETHS student should escape the experience of mediocrity."

    But the ideologically motivated levellers at ETHS seem to have no problem with segregating the ultra-dummies in "1 Humanities with support." Kind of a HS head start program for them. But no segregated classes for the top 5%. Very strange.

    I did not know that ETHS requires hirees to have at least a BA in the subjects they teach. If that is true, that is good.

    But, even if that were so, you can't expect me for a minute to think that Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson or Al Gore would sent their own kids to ETHS as opposed to an elite private school option -- which is precisely what all 3 of them did.

  11. I don't care what they get paid. I just wish these teachers would stop complaning about having to work! They complain that they need to attend meetings, they complain that they work during off periods, they complain that they bring their work home, they complain if asked to do anything extra. Teaching is a profession, most professionals share the aforementioned, act like professionals stop complaining and do your job. Especially when people can't find employment to complain about not having time for anything because of your job is a pretty good deal.

  12. And for God's sake, most of them only work 9 to 10 months for those salaries. And then they complain that they use their months off to go back to school, but they just bother to go back to school to get MAs and Doctorates because they know it automatically kicks them up to a higher pay grade.