I was born and raised in Evanston IL where most of my family continues to reside. I spend most of my free time with my family and my dog, Bo. I have two wonderful nephews who are such a big part of my life. I have found something so magical in watching a child grow and develop. This passion is not isolated to my family, but instead I find a sense of beauty in each young mind I work with and I am continuously in awe of their unique understanding of the world around them. I have been working with children for a long time in a variety of settings and I think teaching is by far the most exciting. Here, I get to see children engage in play, engage with one another, and really dive deep into subjects that are exciting and fun. Teaching is powerful because you must find balance between supporting the classroom as one entity and also by paying close attention to the individual child who has needs that are not always so obvious. It is a job that keeps my mind working constantly and I am forever learning from my peers, the children, and supervisors. I find myself lucky to be a teacher and am forever thankful that I found my passion.
I have been working with children in a variety of capacities for almost 10 years and recently decided to return to school to earn my teaching license. In 2015 I earned my Masters of Science in Child Development with a concentration in Infancy from Erikson Institute and in July 2018 I earned my PEL with Early Childhood Endorsement also from Erikson Institute. I am currently working towards earning my LBS1, Special Education Letter of Approval, and English as a Second Language Endorsement.
Something I like to repeat in my classrooms, “You can’t say, you can’t play” a quote from children in veteran Chicago teacher Vivian Gussin Paley
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” ― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
I teach because I cherish children and their minds. I hope to impact them in positive ways to help them become reflective, caring, thoughtful, investigators of the world. I hope to share with them great literature with powerful illustrations and interesting words. I hope to encourage them to see patterns and understand math with a strong foundation in number sense. I hope to instill an excitement for the academic environment. I hope to support them in meaningful ways and to provide them a calming, caring learning environment.
I am absolutely thrilled to be teaching at Roycemore. Here, I see all the best practice theory I have recently learned in action! It is incredible to watch the community come together to solve problems, to think thoroughly about kids and provide each student with a stellar education. The first graders blow me away with their inventiveness, their question asking, their investigating, and their overall thoughtfulness. I am grateful for every moment I get to spend with these amazing children, families, and staff.