College Stories

   Marcella Martinez

I am a product of the Chicago Public Schools.  After attending Seward Academy, I went to Bogan High School.  I then attended St. Xavier University and became a teacher.  Since I was teaching bilingual students, I went back to school to pursue a Masters in Bilingual Education at Chicago State University.   Since education never ends, I decided to continue and went back again to Concordia University to get another Master’s in Leadership.  Who am I?  You guessed correctly!  Mrs. Martinez!!!


   Sarai Jimenez

I am a former Seward student.  Mrs. Martinez, Ms. Madden, Mrs. Howe, Ms. Bowsky and Mrs. Cadenas were all my teachers.  I graduated in 2004 and then went to Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.  I decided that I wanted to become a teacher.  The school that I found to have the best program for me was the University Of Illinois At Chicago.  I graduated in 2012 with a degree in elementary education.  I am currently pursuing a master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership at UIC.  My name is Ms. Jimenez. 


   Maribel Rojas

Hello everyone! I'm Mrs. Rojas. I'm a proud former Seward student. I graduated from Seward in 1996. So how did I decide to become a teacher? It all started with a visit to Mr. Michie when I was a junior in high school. He told me about this great scholarship opportunity called- Golden Apple. He nominated, I applied, and luckily I ended up getting this awesome scholarship that helped pay for my college.

I attended DePaul University because I fell in love with the campus, the state-of-the art amenities and above all, the small class sizes. It was important for my professors to know my name. I graduated from DePaul University in 2004 with high honors. That fall in 2004, I got my first teaching job at Seward in Room 108 as a first grade teacher. A year later I decided to pursue my masters in Reading. I graduated in 2007 with a Reading Specialist degree from Concordia University. A year later I became a National Board certified teacher. And guess what boys and girls, a year after that, I went back to school, this time to the American College of Education so that I could get an endorsement in ESL and bilingual education. I enjoy school, but above all, 1 enjoy being at Seward. I can't believe that this will be my tenth year as a teacher.


   Kimberly Bowsky

I've always been in love with school and learning, so it's no surprise that I am always in extra classes of some sort.  Instead of buying more clothes or cars, I take classes.  My first degree was a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (its old name).  Later, I took a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Secondary English at Columbia College, Chicago.   A decade after that, I took a second Master's in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on English as a Second Language at the American College of Education.  Currently, I am studying an advanced degree in organizations at Concordia University, which studies how people and corporations arrange themselves in order to reach their goals.  Although I didn't go through a college to earn my National Board certificate in 2007, I completed that program in a college-like atmosphere.

In my extra time, I have been teaching at Seward Academy for nearly 14 years and you'll see me wearing red on Fridays.  Who am I?


About Us

William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School

4600 S. Hermitage, Chicago, IL 60609

Tel: 773.535.4890
Branch: 773.535.4101
Fax: 773.535.4884

Nora A. Cadenas, Principal

Pebble C. Jackson
Patricia L. Zarate
Assistant Principals