This is my 18th year teaching in Early Childhood. I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade English Language Learners and Preschool. I immigrated to the U.S. with my family from South Korea when I was 7 years old. I did not know a single word of English. However, with the support of excellent teachers, I was able to acquire the language and develop a love for learning. When I am not teaching my Kindergarteners, I volunteer at Refugee One and mentor families. I also teach a course at Columbia College Chicago on Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Instruction in Early Childhood as an Adjunct Instructor.
My teaching style is the epitome of "whole child." Since, I began my teaching career, there have been many swings of the pendulum. However, I strive to create balance and enthusiastic engagement for and from my students in everything I do.
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I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Education and my English as a Second Language Endorsement from National Louis University.
International Reading Association Annual Convention Presenter in “Experiential Learning for English as a Second Language Students”. Statewide Conference for Teachers of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students Presenter in “Response to Literature” and “ELL Program Models”. University Resident Mentor Project with National-Louis University Collaboration with district administrators, university department heads and supervisors in a multi-disciplinary residency program for student teachers.