Northern Illinois University (BFA Architecture)
Aurora University (MEd)
For over 10 years now I have been passionate about helping my students to develop an intrinsic love for learning which will drive them through life's greatest successes. I began as a guest teacher as I completed my Masters degree. I then became a full-time special education aide for one year before becoming a 2nd grade elementary classroom teacher for the past 10 years.
Through these experiences I discovered my gift for reaching students of all ages, skills, and backgrounds. By learning and building on each student's individualized strengths, I guide him/her in using those strengths to conquer all obstacles, and find ways to make learning fun, interesting, and intrinsically valuable for life.
English, grammar, phonics, spelling and writing have always been my best subjects as a student, and also as a teacher. I have always had a passion for writing, and have found a niche in bringing out that passion in my students as well.
Through extensive state and district trainings and then incorporating the Common Core expectations into every day practice as a teacher, I've developed a deep understanding of the reasoning and validity behind Common Core practices across all subjects. I have been working with Common-Core-driven curricula throughout the majority of my years as an elementary teacher.
I have a Masters in Elementary Education with teaching certification, achieved in 2006 and became certified by the state as a "Highly Qualified" K-8 teacher in 2009. I have sponsored several K-5 after-school tutoring programs in Reading and Math, and offered individualized tutoring to students in my district during the summers.
Helping students to develop phonics, phonemic awareness, and recognizing spelling patterns has become one of my favorite parts of teaching literacy. I use a variety of research-based resources which provide students multiple fun and creative avenues for making these connections, and then applying them to both reading and writing strategies.
There is no such thing as a student who CAN'T learn! Please contact me and let me help you to erase that word from your child's vocabulary. I'd love the opportunity to work with you in finding your child's "niche" in learning. For over 10 years now I have been passionate about helping my students to develop an intrinsic love for learning which will drive them through life's greatest successes. I began as a guest teacher as I completed my Masters degree. I then became a full-time special education aide for one year before becoming a 2nd grade elementary classroom teacher
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I have taught second grade (self-contained and Special Ed classrooms) for the Valley View School District for 10 years. I have been trained by the district and working with the Common Core across all subjects since it was first introduced in 2009. Between 2009 and 2016 I have obtained 36 hours of ISBE-approved Professional Development relating specifically to the implementation of CCSS.
I have been teaching in elementary classrooms since 2004. I was a full-time elementary (Pre-K-6) substitute teacher for Plainfield School District 202 for two years while earning my advanced degree. I student taught in both second and fourth grade classrooms at Wesmere Elementary School in Plainfield. After earning a Masters degree in Elementary Education with Teaching Certification from Aurora University in 2006, I spent one year as a full-time special education paraprofessional in an integrated second-grade classroom at Oak View Elementary School in Bolingbrook, Valley View School District 365U. In 2006-07 I also sponsored an after-school reading program for 4th and 5th grade students. In March of 2007 I was subsequently hired to replace the second-grade teacher who was retiring there; and 2017 marks my tenth year of teaching second grade and sponsoring after-school literacy and math programs for intermediate grades 3-5.