A Message from the Principal

  • J Pacheco Dear Melzer Families and Visitors:

    Welcome to another exctiing school year and thank you for your interest and involvement in Melzer.  We offer an inclusive, diverse learning environment for all students (there are 31 languages represented within our 480-member student body!)

    Students at Melzer are challenged daily with a rigorous and balanced core program, emphasizing not only academic content but also 21st -century learning skills, such as collaboration and critical thinking. We are excited this year about contiuing to develop inqury-based units of study for social science as well as integrating more STEM-based units of study in science. We will continue to use Eureka Math as our core math program, as well as incorporate rich vocabulary into writing across the content areas, ensuring that we are creating crafty writers and readers.

    Melzer also stands out in its commitment to multi-age classrooms: students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades loop with their teacher to the next grade level. That means that on the first day of each school year, our teachers already have great insight into half the class's academic, social, and emotional characteristics, and can use this information to plan for instruction at students’ readiness levels.  We also often notice significant gains among students from the lower grade level in each classroom due to teachers’ high expectations and the influence of their older peers who often act as mentors.

    Learning goes beyond academic boundaries at Melzer. Our students are well versed in the “Melzer Musts” and assist one another in ensuring that all students are respectful, responsible, and peaceful. They also have opportunities to participate in service to the community – from Pasta for Pennies, supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to fundraisers for local animal shelters. Students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, including Student Council and choir. 

    We are proud of our partnerships with our parents and the community, including our active Parent Teacher Organization and the Morton Grove Library. Please consider joining the PTO and assisting us in continuing to meet the needs of our dynamic and marvelous Melzer students.

    Jennifer Pacheco



About Principal Pacheco

  • Ms. Pacheco has been Principal of Melzer School since 2016, but she was no stranger to District 63, where she worked from 2006-2014 before moving on to serve as Associate Principal at Maywood-Melrose Park Bellwood School District 89's Stevenson Middle School. 

    Principal Pacheco began her career as a special education resource teacher at West Aurora School District 129, then joined District 63's Apollo School in a similar position. After serving Apollo in several capacities, she ultimately worked as a special education facilitator at the District level for two years before departing for District 89.
    A graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S.Ed. in special education, Ms. Pacheco also holds an MA in educational technology and instructional design from DeVry University, and an MA in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.