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Alumni News

Jon Baskin

attended 1984–1985
Along with two fellow University of Chicago graduate students recently launched Chicago’s newest cultural journal, The Point.

Katie Difiore

attended 1992–1994
Katie Difiore is a clothing designer and is the daughter of teacher, Joseph Difiore, and a Camp Sunshine staffer. Her work was featured in the May issue of Laundry Magazine. A recent Columbia College graduate, Katie had her designs showcased in the Growing Works runway show of emerging local designers at Garfield Park Conservatory this past spring. Keep your eye on the fashion pages to follow Katie’s career.

Walker Shadle

attended 2000–2002
Was that Walker Shadle on the cover of the Sunday Tribune Magazine? It sure was! Walker was one of five local teens who have followed their own paths to work toward their dreams. Also watch for news coming soon on Walker’s sister Caroline Shadle (attended 1997 to 1999) who has been shaking up the world of ballet.

Cohen family with Park West gear in Rome

Cohen Family

Park West Coop is popping up all over! Thanks to the Cohen Family for sending this photo from the Trevi fountain in Rome with their Park West gear! Please send your "where in the world" photos to

Parents & Staff

Elisha Cooper

father of Zoe, attended 2005 – 2006
Elisha is an Author/illustrator and he published his own children’s book, Farm.

Gordon Gill

father of Harrison, Hadrian, Elizabeth and Odin attended 2000 – Current
Chicago architect Gordon Gill, along with Adrian Smith submitted the winning plans for the word’s first kilometer-tall skyscraper in Saudi Arabia. Read the article.

Susan Sher

mother of Graham Moore, attended 1985 – 1986
Susan worked as White House Associate Counsel and then a top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama. Susan has returned to the University of Chicago Medical Center as Executive Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs at the Medical Center and Senior Adviser to University of Chicago President, Robert Zimmar. See the full story.


Haley Weldon

mother of Theo, Spencer and Nate attended 2005 – 2010
Former President of Park West’s Board of Directors offered her reflections on her family’s move to Turks and Caicos in her article in the April 2011 Chicago Parent Magazine.

Quotes from Our Park West Family

"On the weekend, I couldn't wait to go back. I wish I could spend my whole life there."

—Andy W., former student