Neighbors in the News: Dist. 62 names new assistant principal of special education

  • Costantina Mazzone, assistant principal of Special Education at Cumberland Elementary School.

    Costantina Mazzone, assistant principal of Special Education at Cumberland Elementary School. Courtesy of District 62

Posted9/16/2021 6:00 AM

Des Plaines School District 62 named Roselle resident Costantina "Tina" Mazzone assistant principal of Special Education at Cumberland Elementary School, to directly support the school's special education population and serve as a member of the Student Services department.

She will support social-emotional needs of students, behavioral challenges, student problem solving and any other special education related needs that may be identified.


For the past eight years, Mazzone has been a presence at Cumberland, serving as an Educational Life Skills teacher. She has supported the school in various ways, giving her time on various committees and supporting initiatives not only for Cumberland, but for the district.

Mazzone received a bachelor's degree in special education from Elmhurst College in 2013 and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and an ESL endorsement from Concordia University in 2016. She recently completed her master's degree in administration from Roosevelt University.

Grayslake Central High School wide receiver Kaiden Miller
Grayslake Central High School wide receiver Kaiden Miller - Courtesy of Grayslake Central High School

• Kaiden Miller, a junior at Grayslake Central High School, was named the Chicago Bears "High School All-Star" for Week Two.

A wide receiver, Miller helped lead the Rams to a 34-33 win at Mundelein on Sept. 3, and set a single-game school record with 267 receiving yards. He scored a touchdown with 14 seconds left before Grayslake Central completed a two-point conversion for the win.

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Miller also caught a Rams record-setting 96-yard touchdown and collected seven tackles and two pass breakups on defense.

The Bears will direct a $500 donation to the youth football program of Miller's choice.

Dr. Agnieszka Skop
Dr. Agnieszka Skop - Courtesy of Northwest Community Healthcare

Family physician Dr. Agnieszka Skop has joined the Medical Group at Northwest Community Healthcare.

Dr. Skop earned her medical degree from Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. In June of 2008, she completed her family residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.

Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Skop has been practicing as a family medicine physician since 2008 in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Fluent in Polish and English, she will see patients at Northwest Community Healthcare's 1051 W. Rand Road Primary Care location.

Dina Velocci
Dina Velocci - Courtesy of Patti Flesher

• The Park Ridge-based American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology recently named Dina Velocci, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), its president for 2021-2022.

Velocci has long been active in nurse anesthesiology, spanning 18 years as a CRNA and 14 years as a clinical and didactic instructor for nurse anesthetists.

Throughout her career, Velocci served on committees, advisory panels, and boards of directors at the state and national levels. She is a former president of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists and, most recently, president-elect of the AANA.

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