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Wendy Griffin – Middle School Learning Assistance

Wendy Griffin

Biography

 Wendy has been Roycemore’s Middle School Learning Specialist for over 15 years. Previously, she served as a Learning Behavior Specialist in local public schools and an adjunct faculty for post-secondary students with learning needs. She also spent more than a decade working at Northeastern Illinois University’s library. Her experience includes supervising the Multimedia Learning Center, instructing patrons in the use of educational software.

Education

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

Favorite Quote

“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.