The San Diego State University teachers are Evan Trad, Sylvia Carire, and the Social Worker Gaby Basurco.


Dear EECS Students and Families,

My Name is Sylvia Carire and I am joining Erie Charter School this school year! I will be working with students with special needs in grades 6th and 8th. I graduated with my masters in Special Education from Governor State University. I have a Learning Behavior Specialist certification with endorsements in both Spanish and English and    21 years of experience with Chicago Public Schools.

I cannot wait to begin working with all of you to ensure students' success in the classroom setting as well as in small group settings! With your support, I look forward to an enriching and productive school year!

Students: Come prepared for a busy but memorable 2012-2013.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at



Hello 7th graders!

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing summer filled with exciting adventures! I am really excited for the school year to start and hope you are too.  This year I will continue as the San Diego State University advisor, as well as the 7th grade special education teacher. I will also be teaching 7th grade math!

As many of you know, I have been teaching at Erie Elementary Charter School for 5 years! I am from Wisconsin and went to college at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I graduated with my bachelors degree in 2007 and moved to Chicago to start working at Erie. In 2009, I began to study for my masters degree in special education and graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago in May, 2011.  I have many interests outside of school. I love to travel, read, cook, explore new places, listen to music, and of course drink coffee!

Math this year will be new and exciting! Over the summer, we have transitioned to a new curriculum called Math in Focus. It is still the Singapore Math model that we used last year, but it has a lot more components that we can use in the classroom! We will cover many new topics while also reviewing topics we covered in 6th grade. Some things will be challenging and others will be easy but it's important that while in math class you always try your best.

As you begin to prepare for the first day of school remember that if you have any questions you are welcome to contact me and I would be happy to answer them for you! Please feel free to email me at I also encourage you and your parents to follow me on twitter, as I will be updating homework and other important school events there! You can find me by searching @mr_trad!

Enjoy the last few days of summer and see you on Wednesday!

Mr. Trad