A Message from the Principal

  • Perelgut Dear Mark Twain Families:

    Welcome to our 2018-2019 school year! I'm excited to become a member of the Mark Twain community. Twain is a culturally and linquistically diverse elementary school: more than 35 languages are spoken by our students, and we celebrate this diversity.

    We educate approximately 320 K-6 grade students, and each child is unique. Recognizing the importance that families and community play in the success of the children we educate, we look forward to partnering with both to ensure we're providing our students with every opportunity they need to succeed. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our Twain children.

    I'm passionate about helping every child become a life-long learner by collaborating with students, parents, and teachers. Our staff is committed to meeting the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nuturing environment, focusing on the individual needs of each student and educating the whole child by promoting academic, social, emotional, and behavioral growth. If you are a parent or guardian, my goal is to work closely with you to ensure your child's success. 

    With the teachers and staff, I will strive to continue Mark Twain's strong, positive legacy -- providing academic experiences that are rigorous and relevent while promoting real-world connections. 

    It is important to me that all of you genuinely feel like a part of our Twain community.  My door is always open, and I welcome your input. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of any assistance - or if you have questions, suggestions, or concerns. 

    Your Partner in Education,

    Erica Perelgut

About Principal Perelgut

  • Ms. Perelgut is serving as Interim Principal at Mark Twain for the 2018-2019 school year. She has been Assistant Principal at Gemini since 2015, having previously served as Assistant Principal at District 63's Apollo School for five years. Principal Perelgut joined Apollo in 2003 as a primary and intermediate teacher, and also acted as a professional development coach there. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher at Orchard Place Elementary School in Des Plaines. 

    After receiving her BS in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, Ms. Perelgut earned an MA in school leadership from Concordia University in River Forest.