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Wendy Griffin

Biography

This is my 13th year as Roycemore’s Middle School Learning Specialist. Previously, I served as a Learning Behavior Specialist in local public schools and an adjunct faculty for post-secondary students with learning needs. I also spent more than a decade working at Northeastern Illinois University’s library. My experience included supervising the Multimedia Learning Center, instructing patrons in the use of educational software.

Education

  • Northeastern University, M.A., Special Education
  • Northwestern University, B.A., English Literature
  • Certifications: Professional Educator License with LBS1, LD, and SED approvals; and Language Arts, Social Science, English, and Secondary Education endorsements

Favorite Quote/Fun Fact

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd
 

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I am the product of compassionate educators who opened the windows of learning for me. Through their mentorship, I learned the value of persevering until I understood a new idea or concept, discovering my own abilities and the joy of learning. I view teaching as my calling; it is the career into which I can invest my heart and best use my skill set. I feel strongly about the positive impact access to learning can have on students, especially with a history of learning challenges and/or perceived failures. Students need someone to walk beside them, believing they will discover their limitless potential and the jewel of abilities within, waiting to be discovered and refined. I want to support them to experience the joy of learning, growing into independent learners who can share this legacy with future generations.

Why Roycemore?

Why Roycemore? *First and foremost, Roycemore prioritizes students; the best interest of students is the basis of every decision. Roycemore is a community that fosters individual growth and believes in the possibility of success for each student. It is a transforming environment! Students who begin with, “I can’t” move on to “when I learn this, then I can master that.” The Administration supports the faculty’s growth, providing amazing opportunities to learn new technologies and to participate in interest-based professional development. Finally, Roycemore is an inclusive family; a place that leaves an indelible mark on all Griffins.