NFTE Chicago Metro Staff
Scott Nasatir, Executive Director
During his 18 years in education, Scott’s innovative reform work has yielded increased educational access for diverse learners in North America and the United Kingdom.
During his administrative tenure in Chicago Public Schools, District 89, and the UK, Scott was a fierce advocate for marginalized youth. In 2012, Scott’s work in the creation of a blended learning model and the initiation of streamlined intake processes and procedures for incarcerated youth increased the education access for over 1,000 detainees in the Cook County Department of Corrections. In 2010, The Chicago Board of Education appointed Scott SWAT Team Leader to overhaul failing and non-compliant schools. From 2009-2012, Scott’s compliance supervision over Corey H., a special education lawsuit, helped restore the academic standing of 25 high schools, and 10 elementary schools. Most recently, Scott overhauled district 89 policies leading to a new student discipline policy framework calling for a reduction in punitive measures for “at-risk” students.
Prior to working as an administrator for Chicago Public Schools, Scott led education reform efforts abroad in the London Public School System. He also served as Program Director of Prince’s Trust Group, a philanthropy dedicated to working with London’s at-risk youth. Scott coordinated programming and supports aimed at curbing recidivism and exclusion.
A graduate of Indiana University, Scott also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Organizational Change from Roosevelt University and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
Steve Iammartino, Manager of Programs
Steve chose to teach after transitioning from a career in marketing. He took this desire to show how important the tools of communication are to disadvantaged youth and taught 9th Grade English courses for 10 years in Chicago.
During his 4 years at Phillips High School Academy in the Bronzeville neighborhood, Steve worked to build relationships with students through his role as a baseball coach and journalism mentor. He worked with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the creation and presentation of the Bard Core Curriculum: Reading into Shakespeare, Drama-infused Instruction in Classrooms of Struggling and Reluctant Readers. Steve’s classroom was used as a model classroom in Northeastern Illinois’s study of the program. It was not uncommon to see his students in the halls, on top of desks, and in the gym acting out and interpreting important moments from fiction and non-fiction texts.
He took this love of teaching English and became a founding teacher of Perspectives Charter School’s IIT Math and Science Academy Campus, also in Bronzeville. In his 6 years at the school Steve led the 9th grade team and created a culture of learning that was differentiated and engaging for all learners. He continued to work with The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and appeared alongside two separate ensembles of teachers and students in Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. He also taught the NFTE curriculum, fell in love with its transformative powers, and wrote a letter to NFTE Chicago seeking a position within their ranks. With NFTE Chicago Steve has led teacher development, curriculum fidelity, and has worked to modernize the NFTE experience.
Alexandra Terrana, Lead Program Associate
Alexandra has focused her career on developing communities through education. Over 10 years in the field, she has led initiatives across the United States and in Nicaragua developing unique and effective programming expanding access to literacy, creativity, and general education to its participants.
During her tenure as a Chicago Public School teacher, Alexandra was successful in transitioning her school community through a change in demographics, creating safe spaces for diverse populations to learn and grow together. Part of that initiative included advocating for bilingual services for students and families, creating multi-lingual newsletters and notification systems, and developing cross-cultural curriculum for teachers, staff, parents, and students.
Alexandra holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Teaching from Dominican University.