Degrees and Certifications:
Getting to Know Me
I live in Lake Villa with my husband. We have three adult children who all have families of their own now, which makes us grandparents too! We are blessed with four sweet grandchildren ranging in age from one to three years old.
Prior to joining the staff at Antioch Elementary School in 2002, I worked for many years as a biochemist in cancer research. I completed my undergraduate degree in Natural Science at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and received my master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. I also have a gifted endorsement on my teaching license.
Education is definitely a passion of mine! I spend much of my free time researching ways to build an effective student-led learning environment where they are challenged, engaged, and empowered. Using student assessment data, I work with my students to craft learning activities that will boost their achievement in all subject areas. In addition, I wish to help them develop 12 abilities, called 21st Century Skills, that they will need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age. These include:
- Critical thinking
- Information literacy
- Media literacy
- Technology literacy
- Social skills
When I am not working, I love spending time with my grandkids, watching movies, starting projects around the house (notice I didn't say anything about finishing them--that is such a challenge!), and I also love to read. Other activities I enjoy include drawing and graphic design.
This year marks my fifteenth year as a certified teacher in Antioch and my first in the role of Gifted Education Teacher and Instructional Coach. Previously, I taught fourth and fifth graders at both AES and Hillcrest, and I enjoyed having the gifted student cluster in my room for eleven of those years. This year, my new role will be to provide pullout services to gifted students and others needing enrichment in reading and math. In addition, I will provide some in-class support to gifted students and their teachers as needed.
I am very excited about this year! It promises to hold lots of fun and challenging learning experiences for everyone!