Degrees and Certifications:
To Old and New Friends
I am excited to welcome you to room 507 for the 2019-2020 school year! If your child is joining me for the second or even third time, I am happy to have him/her back. If your child is new to my classroom this year, I can’t wait to meet and get to know him/her better this fall. Either way, I know it is going to be another great year! Preparations are already underway, and I look forward to the many accomplishments your child will achieve over the next school year.
A Little About Me
I grew up in the Gurnee area and graduated high school from Christian Life School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with my Bachelor’s in Special Education. Upon graduating, I accepted my first teaching position at Starbuck Middle School in Racine, Wisconsin working with children with mild learning and emotional/behavioral disabilities within the general education environment. Although I loved the challenges of co-teaching and supporting students within the typical classroom, I always knew my heart was with working with children on the Autism Spectrum in a self-contained setting. While I was completing my clinical experiences in college, I had the pleasure of working at Kirk School in Palatine, Illinois in an Autism classroom, and fell in love with the unique skills and needs of my students. I even returned as a paraprofessional the following summer! Unfortunately, I struggled to find an open teaching position, and decided that my best bet would be to apply as a paraprofessional until one was made available. Nearly five years ago, I interviewed for a LASSO 3 paraprofessional position. Following my interview with my now supervisor, Tegan Dittmer, I was immediately taken over to Laremont and shown a LASSO 3 fourth and fifth grade classroom and was asked to come back to interview for a teaching position. The rest is history, and I have been happily working my dream job ever since! There truly is no place like LASSO 3. What we do each and every day is nothing short of miraculous, and I love watching my students grow in every facet of their lives and meet their full potential. Currently I am pursuing my Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, and I am excited to see how my newly acquired skill set impacts my students’ performance. It really is going to be a great year!
My Life Outside of the Classroom
I have two beautiful children, Kaiden (6) and Leighton (3). We live together in Antioch, Illinois with our two dogs (Cocoa and Sam) and two cats (Meadow and Jack). In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, fishing, gardening, and hitting the gym. I have also been working a part-time job as a Special Recreation Program Leader for Lindenhurst Park District for almost six years. I truly believe that all people, regardless of disability, should live well-balanced and meaningful lives which includes being able to actively participate in their community through recreation and leisure.
Please Stay in Touch
I firmly believe that the best classrooms are the ones with the most parental involvement. Please feel free to contact me regarding your questions, comments, and concerns at any time. e-mail is preferred, but if you wish to speak with me over the phone, please be patient as I am working 1:1 with students during the school day. It may take me up to 24 hours to return your call. Throughout the year I will be sending you daily home notes detailing your child’s academic and behavioral performance. I will also be occasionally emailing you pictures of your child, so you can see for yourself all of the fun and engaging activities he/she participates in throughout the day. You may even receive some special phone calls from your child to celebrate major milestones! I look forward to getting to know you and your child better throughout the school year! Again, welcome to room 507!
(847) 986 - 2500