Current Evanston Township High School board member Stephanie Teterycz, who previously filed to run for re-election in April, has withdrawn her candidacy, Cook County Clerk’s Office spokesperson Frank Herrera confirmed to the RoundTable on Tuesday.
Teterycz is wrapping up her first four-year term on the District 202 board. She is director of operations for the Stoddart Research Group in Northwestern’s chemistry department and the founder of Making Evanston Equitable Together.
In addition, Mirah Anti, who was appointed to the board in 2021 and had filed to run for a full term, withdrew her candidacy as well, and instead is opting to run unopposed for a two-year term as a write-in candidate, according to Herrera.
Barring a setback or legal challenge to her candidacy, that means Anti will win another two years on the board – as long as she receives at least one write-in vote. She is the director of equity and inclusion for Township High School District 113, which is headquartered in Highland Park, and also has experience as a classroom teacher in the same district.
Anti and Teterycz did not respond to requests for comment from the RoundTable on Tuesday.
With these shifts in the race, four candidates, including two incumbents and two challengers, are now vying for three full-term spots on the ETHS board. Those options for voters are:
- Monique Parsons, who is the current board vice president and the McGaw YMCA president and chief executive officer. Parsons is a native Evanstonian and was first elected to the ETHS board in 2015. She recently received a community service award at the annual Chessmen Club gala.
- Leah Piekarz spent more than two decades as a counselor at ETHS before retiring this past summer. She now reviews applications for the University of Illinois and has master’s degrees in both school counseling and curriculum and instruction.
- Elizabeth Rolewicz is completing her first term on the board after being elected in 2019. She is a self-employed photographer and graphic designer and has volunteered with the District 65 PTA Equity Project and the mutual aid Facebook group Back On Their Feet.
- Kristen Scotti recently completed a doctorate in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. She is an ETHS parent and has spoken at board meetings in favor of changes to the district’s attendance policy that would provide more flexibility and resources for students with disabilities.
Election Day for the next edition of the ETHS school board is Tuesday, April 4. Early voting will also be available at the Morton Civic Center from March 20 through April 3.