My experience includes group and individual tutoring, observations, and years of being a parent, informal teacher, and volunteer. I have worked with children for almost 25 years. I graduated from Illinois State's College of Education. During my time as a student and pre-service teacher I worked with 2-4 grades with the majority of my time as a year-long intern/student teacher for 6th grade contained classroom in an intermediate school setting.
I am a hands-on learner and teacher. I believe in creating a connection between the student and lessons taught. Lessons should draw upon a student's background knowledge to teach today and prepare the student for tomorrow. Learning is to extend beyond the classroom - pulling from the past and present to take children into the future. Most importantly, learning and work needs an element of fun (so says Mary Poppins).
I am a recent graduate from the elementary education program at Illinois State University. My senior year was spent in an internship in an upper elementary school teaching 6th grade although I spent some time in a 2nd grade classroom as well. At ISU I was a member of the the Honors Program, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, and Tau Sigma Honor Society. I graduated in May 2014 with the following honors: Summa Cum Laude (3.95 GPA), Departmental Honors in Elementary Education, Honors Scholar, and Honors Scholar with Merit. In 2013 my in-course honors project - an integrated language arts and social studies unit based on Peter Menzel's What the World Eats - won recognition in the Honors program as most creative for 2013 in-course honor projects at ISU. I graduated with honors in December 2011 from ICC where I was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies. I was on the President's List (4.0 GPA) every semester in attendance at ICC. In June 2011, I received a national scholarship from the National Association of Community Colleges Teacher Education Program.
Jan 2012 - May 2014: attended Illinois State University, graduated with honors and Bachelors in Science (Elementary Education) Jan 2010 - Dec 2011: attended Illinois Central College, graduating with honors and Associates in Arts and Science August 1994: graduated with LPN certificate August 1991-1992: McLennan Community College May 1991: graduated high school
I am a mother of 7 who range in ages from 6 to 21 years (kindergarten to college). I am a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree Elementary Education. I have endorsements in social studies, language arts, science and music. I am active in my the PTO at my children's elementary school in a variety of volunteer and chair positions. My most favorite is organizing, planning, and overseeing the annual Love of Reading hosted for the students and their families. When there is free time, I enjoy the outdoors, reading and creating.