About Dr. Walshire

  • August 2020

    Dear Parent(s),

    Welcome to first grade! I am excited to begin my eighteenth year teaching first grade in District 34.

    My degree is in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in reading and mathematics, obtained from the University of Iowa. While there, I had the opportunity to work at all grade levels in multi-age classrooms. I also had the unique experience of being a member of the rowing team. I learned a great deal about community, teamwork, communication, commitment, and discipline. After college, I moved back to Illinois and was offered a first grade teaching position at Hillcrest School. I earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University with my thesis focusing on the use of technology to bridge literacy learning between school and home. I then graduated with a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in which I examined exemplary teaching practices of first grade teachers in the area of guided reading. Over the past two years, I have been working towards becoming a Nationally Board Certified teacher. I am currently waiting on my scores and praying I pass!

    My family life keeps me quite busy, too. My husband and I have four beautiful children. Our oldest, Savannah, the artsy and musical one, turned twelve in July and will be starting seventh grade. Camilla is ten and is our smart, yet sassy, love-muffin and is starting fifth grade. Caleb, our athletic and spirited guy, is nine and will be in fourth grade! He was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago and we are constantly working at it. Lydia, our youngest, is feisty and sweet. She just celebrated her eighth birthday and will begin third grade. It is always hard to believe how quickly my kids are growing up! We feel truly blessed and are filled with love and laughter every day! 

    While this year will be unlike any other year, I will do my best to provide the same level of instruction virtually as your child would receive within the school. There will be many things I am sure to learn along the way. Please be patient with me as I navigate this new way of teaching. I realize many of you are working parents and I will do all I can to make this experience for your child one where they grow as independent learners so you can tend to your work commitments; though they may need help at the beginning as they navigate this new experience.

    Teaching children is my passion. I am looking forward to an exciting year with you and helping your child grow. If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is by email at rwalshire@antioch34.com or messaging me on Seesaw. You may find my website helpful for other information: https://www.antioch34.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=3758.



    Dr. Walshire