Meet Our Support Services Team
Kristen Brown - Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Brown began working at Spring Brook in 2013, just after graduating with her degree as a Learning Behavior Specialist, General Education Teacher and Dance Educator from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Since then she has gone on to complete her Masters degree in Reading. Mrs. Brown loves to co-teach and collaborate with other educators to support student’s learning and behavior needs in an inclusive setting throughout the school day. Mrs. Brown lives nearby with her husband and their wonderful children.
Samantha Gorney - Occupational Therapist Bio to Come
Nimla Govenor - Physical Therapist
I was born in South Africa and graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy. I worked there for 10 years in a variety of settings before moving to America in 1997. After spending several years in orthopedics, respiratory, medical and neurosurgical in-patients, outpatients and ICU, I decided to venture in Pediatrics.
I organized and co-coordinated several courses including an 8 week NDT course, and attended several other Physical Therapy related courses. I gained experience in clinics for children with Cerebral Palsy who came mainly from rural areas, and also worked in neonatal ICU. In the school setting I worked with children who had sustained head injuries and those who had other neurological problems.
After arriving in America, I was a full-time mother for 6 years before venturing out to work in Early Intervention. I worked mainly in the home setting as well as in the clinic.
I am now working full-time in the school setting in District 204 and have been working here since 2004. I worked in several schools within our district and I now work in 5 schools (4 Elementary and 1 Middle school). I enjoy keeping up to date by attending continuing education classes and participating in school team discussions. I love what I do, and I use an individualized approach for all my students. I look forward to working with your child to enhance his/her performance within the educational setting.
Katie Konecki - Speech and Language Teacher
Mrs. Konecki began working in District 204 in 2002, just after graduating with her Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She spent the beginning of her career working at Welch Elementary and White Eagle Elementary. Mrs. Konecki became a Spring Brook Husky in 2011. She loves to collaborate with other educators to support student’s social and academic communication skills throughout their day. Mrs. Konecki lives in Yorkville with her husband and their three energetic boys.
Shobha Kumarapuram - Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Kumarapuram graduated from India with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration. After moving to the United States, she worked in the technology industry. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in education with a learning Behavior Specialist endorsement in 2015 and has been a Spring Brook huskie since 2015. She is also endorsed to teach English as a second language. She loves to collaborate with her colleagues to support student learning and behavioral needs in the classroom and beyond. She lives in Naperville with her husband and two awesome children.
Megan Mahoney - Special Education Social Worker
Mrs. Mahoney began working as a school social worker in District 204 in 2004 and moved out of state in 2010. She returned to District 204 in 2021 and started working at Spring Brook Elementary. Mrs. Mahoney received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The University of Iowa and her master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. In 2009, she also became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Mrs. Mahoney loves the team approach of working in a school setting and collaborating with both staff and families to support the students, both socially and emotionally. Mrs. Mahoney lives in Naperville with her husband and her active daughter and son.
Kate Sims - Psychologist
Ms. Sims began working at Spring Brook Elementary School in 2018 and has been a School Psychologist since 2013. She received her undergraduate degrees from The University of Iowa (go Hawks!) in developmental psychology and human relations in 2007 and studied for her graduate degrees at the University of Memphis (go Tigers!). Ms. Sims enjoys the collaborative and supportive nature of her work as well as supporting students, families, and teachers as they navigate the challenges of learning together. In her free time, Ms. Sims loves taking her dog on long walks, biking the DuPage River Trail, teaching and practicing yoga, baking bread, building wellness communities, and cooking vegan/vegetarian lunches for her coworkers. Share with each other, care for each other, lead with love❤️