Ms. Potter joined the Ogden International counseling team in the fall of 2016. She graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and went on to work in a variety of education and childcare-focused roles. Having a passion for supporting the healthy and well-rounded development of youth, she went back to school in 2013 to earn a Master’s degree in School Counseling. During the final year of the program, Ms. Potter worked as a counseling intern at Skinner North Classical School and as a substitute teacher for CPS.
Ms. Potter loves to incorporate art, music, writing, and games into counseling to help students gain self-awareness, develop empathy, and express their emotions in a productive way. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, baking, reading, and getting together with family and friends!
Mr. Ribaudo, L.P.C. began his career in 1997 as a 7th Grade teacher at William P. Gray Elementary School on the Northwest side of Chicago, the neighborhood where he grew up. He joined the Ogden International faculty in 1999 as a 5th Grade teacher followed by two years as an upper grade Science and Language Arts teacher. In 2002 Mr. Ribaudo became Ogden International's Counselor and Case Manager, a job he continues to perform at Ogden. In addition to an elementary education teaching certificate, he has a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.
In addition to his case management and counseling duties at Ogden, Mr. Ribaudo assists the Fine Arts Department by offering his talent as a musician. He has directed and performed in the pit band for Ogden's recent spring musicals which include The Wiz, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Little Shop of Horrors, Honk, Working, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, and Godspell. Throughout his musical life as a bassist and drummer, he has been a member of several bands and ensembles covering the genres of rock, pop, rap, hip-hop, heavy metal, old time, blues, and funk, and currently performs all over the city and region.
Mr. Ribaudo is dedicated to the growth of Ogden International students and encourages their self-expression through exploration of art, music, or by any medium necessary.
Mr. Padilla is a veteran high school counselor and lifelong Chicagoan. Actually, Mr. Padilla was born and raised near the West Campus of Ogden International and attended the old Carpenter Elementary School. After graduating from Von Steuben Magnet High School, he earned his teaching and counseling degrees from Northeastern Illinois University. Ironically, he began his counseling career at Von Steuben, where he honed his craft before taking his talents over to the South Side of Chicago to help develop a counseling program at Solorio Academy High School. Once again, Mr. Padilla is returning to his roots, and he feels inspired returning to his old childhood neighborhood. During his personal time, Mr. Padilla loves spending time with his beautiful wife and children. His hobbies include reading, watching films, sports, and practicing Muay Thai at Carlson Gracie Headquarters.
Ms. Witherspoon joined the Ogden International family in 2013. Before joining us as a Counselor, she was a College and Career Coach for two years for Chicago Public Schools. After receiving her B.A degree from Northwestern University she joined Americorps, working with inner city students at a CPS elementary school. After seeing the lack of resources in the schools to meet the students social and emotional needs, she decided to attend DePaul University, where she obtained her M.Ed. degree in Counseling.