University of Illinois (Elementary Education)
Benedictine University (Master's)
Northern Illinois University (Master's)
I am a caring, compassionate and creative educator that has been teaching for 12 years. During my career I have worked with grade levels K-5th and have taught all subject areas and a variety of topics in the elementary field. For the past 6 years I have been a reading specialist and literacy coach. I have worked with small groups and individual students to improve their literacy skills. These skills included; phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, writing, and handwriting. As a literacy coach I collaborated with teachers to help them implement the best research based strategies into their classrooms.
I have been a reading specialist for the past 6 years, which has allowed me to learn and use the best research based programs and strategies to help children learn to read fiction and nonfiction text. Vocabulary is a major component in reading comprehension and I have trained in Marzano's 6 step vocabulary technique to help children learn the meaning of words and retain them for future use. I have also been teaching with the various tiers of Common Core words that students need to know in each grade level to successful across the content areas.
When the state of Illinois first adopted the Common Core my district adopted the standards too. Therefore, I have been teaching the Common Core standards for 6 years. As a reading specialist I have had to really dive deep into the meaning of each standard to learn the spiraling skills that the Common Core expect at each grade level. I have also completed vast hours of research to learn the best strategies to use with students to help them succeed with the Common Core Standards.
Working in an elementary setting has allowed me to learn strategies to assist students in learning how to write their letters. I have used Handwriting Without Tears and have seen great success with a vast range of students. While teaching the intermediate grade levels we worked a lot on study skills to create a foundation in learning. These skills included note-taking, vocabulary study skills, and reviewing techniques to help students study regularly and not wait for the night before to study.
I truly love teaching and look forward to sharing my love of learning with you and your child. I hope to hear from you soon. I am a caring, compassionate and creative educator that has been teaching for 12 years. During my career I have worked with grade levels K-5th and have taught all subject areas and a variety of topics in the elementary field. For the past 6 years I have been a reading specialist and literacy coach. I have worked with small groups and individual
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I have taught for the past 12 years, and have been using the Common Core Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language standards for the past 6 years of my teaching. During this time I have also helped my district adopt a new literacy program which allowed me to dive even deeper into the meaning of the Common Core Standards and what is expected of our students. As a reading specialist for the past 6 years I have led groups of students and teachers in better understanding the rigor of the Common Core Standards.
As an educator I have seen a need for handwriting instruction, which is not commonly practiced in our new age of technology. Some students really struggle with the fine motor skills that handwriting requires, and I have found Hand Writing Without Tears to be a great resource to help children learn how to form the letters in a systematic manner.
I am a graduate of the University of Illinois with an elementary education degree. I also attended Benedictine University for my reading specialist degree, as well as, Northern University for my administrative degree. The past seven years I have worked in Kildeer School District 96 as a reading specialist/literacy coach, which has allowed me to work with students in grades K-5. I love reading and want that for all children. Therefore, finding ways to help students learn to read/write and enjoy it motivates me to continually learn new strategies to try with students. I have a wide range of tools to use and I am always learning new ones! I look forward to working with you!
I have taught elementary aged children for the past 12 years and have found that study skills are greatly needed. While teaching the intermediate grades, I found several useful strategies to help children learn how to study and learn, not just memorize. I have used note-taking techniques, mapping of information, games and songs to help children learn information.