About The Teachers

My name is Mrs. Negrusz and I am the general music teacher, Chorus and Drama Director at Laraway and Oak Valley Schools. I graduated from North Central College with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. Before coming to Laraway CCSD 70c, I taught 5th grade band in Indian Prairie School District 204, and K-8 general music on the South Side of Chicago.

My name is Ms. Thelen and I am the Band Director at Laraway School. I graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. Before coming to Laraway CCSD 70c, I traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where I taught music in several of the area schools. While attending Elmhurst College, some of my favorite moments include performing in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with the Wind Ensemble and touring Serbia and Croatia with the Elmhurst College Jazz Band.