Business Education Department Chair

Phone: 847-451-3632

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A., Journalism, Western Illinois University MBA, Roosevelt University MA, Secondary Teaching, Roosevelt University

Mr. Tony Pecucci

I have been at Leyden High School District 212 since August of 2004. In addition to my role as Department Chair of Business Education, I also teach Technical Support Internship (TSI) and Cybersecurity courses. Here is a list of many of my previous positions and activities:

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT 
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
-Director of Electronic Distribution and hyatt.com

Allstate Insurance Company
-Manager of Online Life Insurance Division 

Ameritech (AT&T) 
-Project Manager for New Media (Cable TV) Division

EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS
-ACCESS Advisor
-Guided Study Advisor
-Computer Club Sponsor
-Video Game Club Sponsor
-District School Improvment Team (SIT)
-Student Activities Director (East Leyden)
-Director of Community Outreach (District)

COACHING EXPERIENCE
-Basketball

Follow me on Twitter: @tonypecu

Phone: 847-451-3151

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S.,Business Management, Indiana University B.A.,Secondary Teaching, Trinity Christian College M.A.,Secondary Education Olivet Nazarene University

Mr. Jason Cartwright

I have been teaching at East and West Leyden since the 2005/2006 school year in the Business Education Department. I am currently teaching the following courses: Technical Support Internship (TSI), Consumer Education, Entrepreneurship, and Digital Literacy. In addition, I am a co-sponsor for the Investing Club and Video Game Club.  In regard to after school activities, I coach boys soccer, wrestling, and girls softball. 

Phone: (847) 451-5189

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Business Administration/Economics Elmhurst College

Mr. John Cloud

Welcome to my page! I have been teaching at Leyden since the 2013/2014 school year in the Business Education department.  I teach Technical Support Internship (TSI), Coding and Computer Repair, AP Computer Science Principles, Mobile App Design, and Networking.

Phone: 847-451-3151

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Illinois State University B.S. in Business Education University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign B.S. in Management

Mr. Tyler Gilliam

Welcome to my page! I began teaching at Leyden in 2020 with the Business Education Department. I am excited to be involved throughout many sports and clubs within the school to help make a difference in the lives of all students. I am currently teaching digital Literacy, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and TSI. The sports I coach are basketball and baseball. I look forward to working with the tremendous people in the community and constantly striving to make a positive impact.

Happy to be part of the Leyden Family. Go Eagles!

Phone: (847) 451-3058

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Business Administration MA in Secondary Education (Business Education) CAS in Curriculum & Instruction

Ms. Amy Gorzynski

I began my teaching career at Leyden in 2004.  I have taught a variety of courses in the Business Education Department including Consumer Education, Digital Literacy, and Entrepreneurship.  I teach in the co.lab program (an interdisciplanary & project-based learning environment for freshmen) and sponsor the TechgURLs Club and at East Leyden.  Like many of the faculty members here, I'm also an alum!  Leyden is an important part of who I am, and I couldn't imagine teaching anywhere else.  Once an Eagle, always an Eagle!

EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS
-co.lab Team Member
-Advisory Lead
-Leyden TechgURLs Sponsor

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-National Business Educators Association (NBEA)
-Illinois Business Educators Association (IBEA)
-Chicago Area Business Educators Association (CABEA)

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @MsGorzo 

Phone: (847) 451-3151

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

EDUCATION:  ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY - CHICAGO, IL -Teaching Certificate in Business Education NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY - DeKALB, IL -CPA Review DE PAUL UNIVERSITY - CHICAGO, IL -Master of Science in Accountancy INDIANA UNIVERSITY - BLOOMINGTON, IN -Bachelor of Arts in Economics -Minor in History ENDORSEMENTS: -Secondary Education -Business Education -Basic Business -Accounting -Gifted Education Teacher -Information Processing -Business Computer Programming/Systems -Sociology -Economics -U. S. History -World History CERTIFICATIONS: -Certified Public Accountant  -QuickBooks Desktop Certified User -QuickBooks Online Certified User  -Google Certified Educator -Microsoft Innovative Educator -MOS Certified Word, PowerPoint, & Excel -W!SE Financial Literacy Certification

Mr. Michael Haworth

Website    Twitter: @MrHaworth212

I have been at Leyden High School District 212 since June of 2000. I teach Financial Accounting Honors, Managerial Accounting Honors, Introduction to Business & Accounting Systems, Consumer Education, Entrepreneurship, and Digital Literacy courses. I am also the Future Business Leader of America adviser, National Technical Honor Society sponsor and the Folds of Honor Student Organization sponsor at West Leyden. Here is a list of many of my previous positions and activities:

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT 
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF CHICAGO
-Education Manager

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE
-Director of Accounting Policies and Procedures
-Manager of General Accounting 

CAREMARK ORTHOPEDIC SERVICES 
-Financial Analyst
-Staff Accountant

LIMIT UP MANAGEMENT COMPANY
-Assistant General Manager - Accounting

EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS
-Accounting Advisory Board
-Curriculum Advisory Council
-FBLA Adviser
-Folds of Honor Sponsor
-Freshman ACCESS Advisor
-Investing Club Sponsor

-JA High School Heroes Coordinator
-Literacy Liaison

-NTHS Sponsor
-Operational Advisory Committee

COACHING EXPERIENCE
-Baseball
-Football

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-National Business Educators Association
-Association of American Educators
-Computer Science Teachers Association
-American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Phone: (847) 451-5243

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Business Education Illinois State University M.A. Educational Technology American College of Education

Mr. Adam Labriola

I have been teaching at Leyden in the Business Education Department since the 2012 school year.  I currently teach Technical Support Internship (TSI), Video Game Design, and Coding and Computer Repair.  In addition to teaching, I am the sponsor of Investor Club, Computer Club, and Video Game Club.

Previous Employment

- New Trier High School

- Rich Township High School

- Lincoln Way High School

Educational Positions

- Computer Club Sponsor

- Video Game Club Sponsor

- Investment Club Sponsor

 

Phone: (847) 451-3058

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Arts in Business & Psychology, Eastern Illinois University Master of Arts in Secondary Education, National Louis University

Mrs. Sally Lakdawala

I started teaching at Leyden in 2011 in the Business Education department. Over the years, I have taught a number of Business Education courses, including Digital Literacy, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Consumer Education and Entrepreneurship to name a few. I am also the Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) club co-sponsor.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-National Business Educators Association (NBEA)
-Illinois Business Educators Association (IBEA)
-Chicago Area Business Educators Association (CABEA)

@MrsLakdawala

Phone: (847) 451-3058

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Art in Secondary Education, Roosevelt University Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Elmhurst College Endorsements: Cooperative Education ELL

Mrs. Lauren Giuseffi

I began teaching in the Business Education department at Leyden High Schools in 2006. I currently teach Sheltered Digital Literacy, Sheltered Consumer Education, Entrepreneurship, and the Technical Support Internship (TSI) course.  In past years, I served as a Cooperative Education Coordinator for the Work Program.  Here is a list of my educational activities and previous employment:

EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS
-Department Resource Teacher (East Leyden)
-DVR (Des Plaines Valley Region) Business Committee Member (District)
-Curriculum Advisory Committee Member (District)
-Class Club Sponsor (East Leyden)
-Former ACCESS Advisor (East Leyden)
-Former Guided Study Advisor (East Leyden)
-Former Future Business Leaders of America Sponsor (East Leyden)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-National Business Educators Association (NBEA)
-Illinois Business Educators Association (IBEA)
-Chicago Area Business Educators Association (CABEA)

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
-Arthur J. Gallagher Captive Services: Program Management
-Elmhurst College Office of College Advancement: Marketing & Public Relations

Phone: 847-451-3151

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Communication, Bradley University Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education, National Louis University

Mr. Eric McFadden

My name is Eric McFadden.  I have been teaching in the Business Education Department at West Leyden since 2007, and I currently teach Digital Literacy, Computer Networking, TSI and Video Game Design I & II.  Prior to teaching at Leyden, I worked in outside sales.

Phone: 847-451-3600

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Education, Eastern Illinois University Masters of Educational Leadership, Aurora University

Mr. Tim Murphy

I have been teaching at Leyden since 1999,  I am currently teaching  Digital Literacy in the co.lab Program.  I am  also the Assistant Athletic Director, Freshman Football Coach and the  Best Buddies Sponsor.  I am married with three children and am a proud grandparent to Charlotte (Charlie).  In my free time I like to go on walks, watch sports, and fish.  The best way to contract me with any questions or concerns is  at tmurphy@leyden212.org.

 

Phone: (847) 451-3151

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Consumer and Textile Marketing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Roosevelt University Google Certified Educator

Mrs. Shannon O'Connor

I have been at West Leyden High School since 2013.  I teach a variety of courses including Business Incubator, Consumer Education, Cooperative Work Program, Digital Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.  I am also the sponsor for two activities at West Leyden: Class Sponsor (currently class of 2022) and Mission Possible.  

Before becoming a teacher, I spent almost 8 years in the corporate world in a variety of roles in both supply chain and human resources.  The majority of my corporate career was spent in various recruiting and training roles.  I am so glad I became a teacher and couldn't be happier to be a Leyden Eagle!

Follower me on Twitter: @oconnorsrb

Phone: (847) 451- 3058

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA - Secondary Education Illinois State University Endorsement - Special Education Roosevelt University MA - Educational Technology American College of Education

Mr. Vincent Russotto

I have been teaching at Leyden High School since the 2014/2015 school year.  I am currently teaching Business Accounting and Business Incubator.  I currently coach football and boys track. 

Previous Employment

   - Schaumburg High School

   Academy North High School 

 

Coaching Experience 

   - Football

   - Wrestling

   - Track

 

Phone: 847-451-3058

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts in Teaching: National Louis University Bachelors of Science in Business: Indiana University Business/Stats Certificate: Dartmouth College

Mr. Nate Smith

I have been teaching in Leyden's Business Education Department since 2018. Having previously pursued a career in the business world, I'm extremely passionate about sharing my knowledge and personal experiences with my students to further their education. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

 

Courses currently teaching:

AP Computer Science Principles, TSI, Coding and Computer Repair

Clubs/Activities:

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Courses previously taught:

Digital Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Consumer Education

Previous Work Experience:

Notre Dame College Prep: Math Teacher

Misumi USA: Project Manager

Sears Holdings Corporation: Business Analyst - Inventory 

 

Follow me on Twitter @NSmithLeyden