My education includes a 7-12 language arts teaching degree, as well as a K-12 ESL endorsement. Currently, I am working in the special education field in a western suburb of Minneapolis, both as a teacher for behaviorally challenging middle schoolers and as a paraprofessional. I have also been an adult ESL volunteer/tutor for Hopkins Adult Education for 2 1/2 years (focusing on lower level learners & struggling readers), as well as more recently functioning as a substitute teacher there. I teach piano to six students and am active as a 3rd-6th grade AWANA leader in our church, as well as being the electronic keyboardist on our worship team. Prior to becoming a teacher/tutor/educator, I specialized in the field of desktop publishing/printing for 15 years. My passion is working with struggling readers, and I am considering pursuing a K-12 Reading License in the near future.
I have been a music teacher for the past six years. I spent four years teaching in a Chicago suburb school which is where I taught K-6 general music. For the past two years I've been teaching in a rural school district outside of Rapid city where I teach K-12 music including band and choir. I am still involved with music as I play my flute with a group at my church and continue to seek out performance opportunities. I love attending concerts and musicals, but I also love to dance and speak Spanish (which I have a minor in from college) and I also love studying other countries and cultures.
I am currently a cross grade level teacher at Highlands Elementary School in LaGrange, IL working with kindergarten and first grade students. I have a variety of responsibilities, but one of my main focuses is reading and math interventions. I implement the interventions as well as manage all of the data for progress monitoring and benchmarking the students. Being part of the RtI staff as been very rewarding, and I hope to continue this work.
I am a fifth-grade teacher at the Platte-Geddes School System in Platte, SD.