Hello! My name is Madonna Arredondo and I am one of the Assistant Principals at O. A. Thorp. I love working at Thorp with the students, the staff, the families and the community. For the last 30 years, I have worked with students from 6 weeks to 8th grade.
I attended the School of the Art Institute for a couple of years, before graduating from St. Xavier’s University with a BA in Education. My first teaching position was as an ESL Lead Teacher, where I had to create a new ESL/BIL program for School District 143.5. I worked there for several years, while attending National Louis University for my MA in Curriculum/Instruction and English as a Second Language. Meanwhile, I took additional course work from NLU and Northeastern University in Reading, Writing/LA and Middle School. Later, I went back to school to earn another degree from Chicago State University in School Administration.
I have worked for CPS for over 20 years as an ESL classroom teacher, a Writing Teacher, a Lead Literacy Teacher, a Literacy Coach at the Network Level, and now as an Assistant Principal.
I came to Thorp several years ago and have worked as a Literacy Coach, a MTSS/ELL Teacher and finally as an A.P. I love teaching and working with children and adult learners. When I have free time, I love to read, travel, try new restaurants and watch old movies. I have a Miniature Schnauzer, named Hans and live in Orland Park. I have two adult children, and they are Melissa and Matthew. Last June, Melissa gave birth to my first grandchild, named Delilah June.