John, who passed away in May of 2017, founded CAAEL in 1976. For over forty years he grew it into the well oiled machine that it is today. Licensed as a teacher, principal, and administrator, John dedicated his life to kids. In addition to this powerful organization, John left behind his two daughters, Sarah & Katie and five wonderful grandchildren. We are humbled and honored to be able to carry on his legacy.
Sarah taught third grade for 13 years in Oak Park before resigning in 2014 to help carry on her dad’s legacy. She is extremely passionate about CAAEL and loves working alongside so many incredible teachers, administrators, and students. She is very excited for the future of CAAEL as she focuses lots of her time on networking and fundraising so that the organization can find additional funding sources and serve even more students in the Chicagoland area and beyond. She is a proud mom of three.
While a graduate student in the mid 70’s, Marty met John, instantly arranged for the school he was teaching at to join CAAEL, and has been a mainstay of the organization ever since. Marty brings his 40+ years of teaching Special Education experience to assist Sarah in maintaining CAAEL’s quality programming, devising and implementing additional program offerings, and in the expansion of CAAEL member schools. As John was fond of pointing out, Marty holds the distinction of officiating more CAAEL football, basketball, volleyball, and softball games than anyone in the league. Marty is thrilled to be working with CAAEL from the other side of the field now, and looks forward to many years of service to CAAEL and the wonderful people who dedicate their lives in service to these students.
Brandon Karpeles- Wintrust Financial
Marty Knuth- Maryville Academy/CAAEL
Jim LoGiurato- Joseph Academy
Sarah Lorenzi- CAAEL
Rob Zapinski- Navistar
Mary Ellen Knuth