Who We Are
Niambi Riggins-Thomas, Administrator in Charge (AIC)
I am honored and excited to join the Tubman Family. Together with Dr. Campos, we will serve as your Administrators in Charge during this pivotal transition. The reputation of excellence that surrounds Tubman Elementary School, along with the dedication of its students, faculty, and parents, fills me with excitement and a deep sense of purpose.
My passion for education began early in life. Both of my parents were teachers and school administrators, and a love of learning and reverence for education, educators and the families they serve was instilled in me. I learned early on that education was transformative and could change the trajectory of lives.
As I embark on this journey with you, I am committed to building on the unique strengths and values of Harriet Tubman Elementary School. The principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program deeply resonate with me, and my experiences align with the school's dedication to fostering a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where students are empowered to reach their full potential.
In my journey as an educator, I have focused on creating equity and excellence in diverse communities. I have worked collaboratively with educators, parents, and community partners to expand educational opportunities, with an emphasis on tailoring instruction to meet individual student needs. My background as a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Subject Matter Expert has afforded me the privilege of enhancing equitable practices within schools, ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education.
As we move forward together, my priority is to engage with the Tubman community, listen attentively, and learn from your insights and aspirations. I am eager to partner with you in a collective effort to continue nurturing an environment where excellent education is not just a goal, but a standard that transforms the lives of students and families alike.
Thank you for welcoming me into your school community. I am excited to embark on this collaborative journey of growth, learning, and achievement.
Dr. Maria Teresa Campos (Terri), Administrator in Charge (AIC)
I am very excited to support Harriet Tubman Elementary. I am a lifelong learner and first generation Mexican. I hold three master’s degrees (including an MBA) and a Doctorate in education.
I served as a resident principal at Chicago World Language Academy and an Assistant Principal at Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy. Wanting to be more challenged, I took on the role of Principal of Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual International Center when the school was at its lowest level and on the list to be closed by the district. I expanded the Pre-K program and worked to ensure the Pre-K curriculum was in place and incorporated Balanced Literacy to prepare students for Kindergarten. Within the cluster program, I developed collaboration between teachers and unified topics of learning in a tiered, differentiated way. I flipped the Bilingual Program to ensure students were receiving services while at the same time receiving rigorous instruction. I also instituted a departmentalized program for grades 3-8 where teachers are certified in the content they teach. With support from staff, I transformed the school with CPS ratings from "underperforming "to performing "above average."
I am an Alumni of the CPS Great Expectations Mentoring Program and have been recognized by the network as a visionary leader. I have participated in various projects sponsored by The Chicago Public Education Fund. Coaching has always felt natural to me and provided a natural step in my professional journey. I am a proud board member of NHAE (Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education) and have worked with Latinos in preparing them to become Instructional Leaders. Additionally, I am a part-time UIC Leadership Coach, a role where I focus on collaborating with aspiring black and brown leaders that want to transform systems/structures in education.
I retired in February 2023 and was quickly asked by CPS to serve as an Administrator In Charge (AIC) to support schools where needed. I quickly began working with Inter-American Magnet School, seeing them through the hiring of a new contract Principal in mid-July. I am excited to work with Tubman and am very happy to be able to support the wonderful community. My focus will be to ensure a smooth transition and to continue Tubman’s amazing work and outstanding legacy.
Meet Our Faculty and Staff
Primary Years Program (PYP) Classrooms
- Room 110 - Lisa Starring
- Room 201 - Genna Cole
- Room 201 - Esther Velazquez
- Room 202 - Barbara Rose
Middle Years Program (MYP) Classrooms
- Room 306 - Ellen Lipo, Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Room 306 - Troy Adams- email@example.com
- Room 305 - Hillary Welsh, Science- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Room 305 - Rebecca Rosenberg- email@example.com
- Room 308 - Timothy Reece Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Room 308 - Jennifer Vincent- email@example.com
- Room 307 - Josie Pierson, Mathematics- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Room 307 - Joe Tinich- email@example.com
Media and Technology
Primary Years Program (PK-5) Coordinator
Middle Years Program (6-8) Coordinator
Instructional Core Interventionist
Physical & Health Education (K-8)