My name is Araceli Song, and I am a first grade teacher. I was born and raised in the southside of Chicago and raised to be a proud Mexican daughter of immigrants. After working at Jahn as a long term substitute, I am happy to return and be a part of the Jahn community!
I received my Bachelors of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Political Science and Asian Language and Literature at Loyola University in Chicago. After graduation, I moved to South Korea and taught English as a foreign language for a year. This experience made me realize that education was my calling. I moved back to receive my Masters in Education with a focus on Bilingual and Bicultural education at DePaul University. Knowing that I wanted to work within a diverse community, I received my ESL and bilingual endorsements. After teaching second grade at Jahn as a long term sub, I taught Spanish and English dual language first grade at Wood Dale, Illinois. I am excited to be back in the first grade classroom and hope to make my students see that their diverse backgrounds are keys to success, not burdens, in their education.
As an educator, I am passionate about Social Emotional Learning. I love to check in with my students through discussion circles, dialogue journals, and one on one talks. I always strive to make my students feel safe in their classroom, and getting to know my students helps me become a more effective teacher. Every year, my students teach me something new.
On a personal note, I recently got married in March of 2019, so my old students may still refer to me by my maiden name. I am fluent in Spanish and English and am studying Korean, hoping to be trilingual in the near future. I love going out for runs and hope to run the Chicago Marathon sometime in my life. I am also a coffee addict, and students will often see me with a Starbucks cup in hand!