B.S. Elementary Education
University of Wisconsin Madison

M.Ed. Bilingual and Bicultural Education
Depaul University

M.Ed. Special Education
University of Illinois at Chicago
Early Childhood Teaching License Early Childhood Special Education Approval LBS1 (Special Education) Bilingual Endorsement (Spanish) English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Teaching History

I have taught in Chicago Public Schools for 15 years.  Of those years, I have taught 2 years each of kindergarten and third grade and have spent the last 11 years teaching preschool.  2020-2021 will be my third year teaching preschool at Jahn and team teaching with Ms. Emily.  I strive to provide differentiated instruction for our school’s youngest learners, strong social-emotional support, motivation for learning, and development of a strong academic foundation for their future learning.  I believe in developing strong teacher-parent and school-parent partnerships through providing ongoing opportunities for family communication and involvement.  Creating these strong relationships helps demonstrate the value of education to students and the recognition that parents really are their children’s first teachers. 

Personal

I was born and raised in Chicago and Lincolnwood.  My passion for teaching began in high school from teaching sailing in the summers and throughout college.  My husband and I moved to Roscoe Village three years ago.  We have a son who will turn two in November and his little brother is due to arrive in September!  Being a mom helps me further appreciate caring, dedicated teachers and the value of a true partnership between parents and teachers.  I believe in striving for a balanced lifestyle for myself and for my family, enjoying trying to stay healthy through the sport of triathlon.  Other hobbies include traveling, cooking, photography, and playing with our chocolate lab, Mocha.