Lurie Children’s offers various education programs to our patients and their siblings to make sure a stay at our hospital doesn’t disrupt a child’s learning. The following programs are led by teachers with years of experience in the education system.

Take a look at the bios below to get acquainted with the educator who may work with your child.

Meet Our Teachers

Pat Ebervein, M. Ed, leads our hospital-wide School Services Program. Pat has a Master’s degree in education with a concentration in middle school math and an endorsement for language arts, which includes reading, writing and speaking. Her certificate also bears the designation of approval for Learning Behavior Specialist I. Before coming to work at the hospital, where she has been for 15 years, she worked as a CPS teacher for 10 years.

Robert Blaufuss, a former principal, runs our Epilepsy Education Program. He works with up to 125 epilepsy patient families and their school systems each year to help them understand the educational needs of children with epilepsy and make individualized education plan (IEP) recommendations. After 39 years in the education system, Robert is an expert at communicating with both patient families and schools, translating complicated medical information into terms everyone can understand.

We also have two CPS teacher on hand each school year to work specifically with our patients who are part of the CPS system.