Gateway has been very fortunate to have educational and administrative professionals who are dedicated to its mission and the development of its participants. They have impressive backgrounds in their field and a story to tell. In this edition meet:

Maggie Zukowska

 
If Maggie Zukowska, Facilitation Director, had a title for her GTL story it might read: “Maggie’s Gateway Gang – A Love Story.”
 
Maggie came to GTL 20 years ago credentialed as an elementary education teacher in her native Poland not speaking a word of English. Dorothy Hough hired her on the spot. Maggie claims her hiring was a miracle. Along with her language challenge, she had no experience working with individuals with special needs. Therefore, Maggie questioned her “fit” in her role at GTL. It only took a month of observing and interacting with GTL participants that Maggie said, “This is my place!”
 
What Maggie saw so clearly is that GTL’s participants are smart and have feelings which they use to relate to others. Consequently, she has made it her life-long mission to create an environment that invokes joy in the moment and to share the love which she has for each participant. While living this mission, Maggie has come to see herself as a magnet for fun and having a “Velcro” heart attaching to each heart she encounters during her day. Maggie is the voice of GTL’s participants when they can’t speak for themselves.
In her role as Facilitation Director, Maggie is in charge of the home-based funding of GTL. Participants who are home-base funded have learning and developmental goals for independent living skills, self-care activities, community activities, and money matters skills.
 
Her work is a testament to loving everything about GTL. In her words: “I can’t imagine my life without Gateway.”

Gateway to Learning
Special Education
and Training Center

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Chicago, IL 60625-2609

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