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.
Ms. Croston has worked for Chicago Public Schools as a Professional School Counselor for seven years now. Becoming a School Counselor was always her first career choice, and it has been her joy serving youth and their families in this role.
It is Ms. Croston's mission to provide a comprehensive, restorative, student-centered counseling program, in collaboration with community partners, that fosters academic growth, promotes prevention, and provides interventions and advocacy to support the academic, social emotional, and post-secondary readiness needs of students.
Ms. Croston's theoretical orientation to counseling is cognitive behavioral therapy. While school practitioners like myself can't provide therapy in the school setting, CBT is a framework that analyzes student behavior by looking at the thought processes of children. Ms. Croston applies this philosophy in the counseling setting. For reasons of practicality and application, she also integrates a solution-focused approach while providing individual counseling. In short, she is passionate about working with children, identifying student needs and developing programming to ensure student success.
Ms. Croston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Aurora University. She also has a Master of Education in Counseling from DePaul University.
Ms. Croston is a Chicago naive, born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. She used to root for the Chicago Bears, but now she is officially a lifetime honorary Packer’s fan in honor of her late husband Robert E. Croston, Jr. Feel free to ask her more about this fun fact or pay her a visit in Room 202 at the Jenner Campus. Ms. Croston is looking forward to serving the children and families of the Near North Community and helping them become the N.E.S.T of the N.E.S.T.
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.
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