• Hello! My name is Karena Cruz and I am very excited to be the AM Kindergarten teacher at Madison Elementary this year. I am originally from California and taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and Reading/English Language Learner Intervention while there. My family moved to Illinois two years ago to escape the traffic and busy-ness, and we have been very happy with our move, although I do miss the mountains and ocean.

    The past two years I have been working as a substitute teacher and tutor. This has given me a great feel for the community and a glimpse into many awesome classrooms. After experience with many grade levels, I have discovered my heart is truly with younger elementary students. I absolutely love teaching kinder students and developing and encouraging their curiosity and love for learning. I am looking forward to a productive and fun year with the students and can't wait to get started!