Phone: 630/682-2222 ex 4741
Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Education with a minor in Early Childhood from Illinois State UniversityMAT from Aurora UniversityELL Endorsement from National Louis University
Mrs. Debra Willems
I have been part of the Washington Community for 28 years. I started out as a parent then came back to teaching fourteen years ago. Upon coming back I taught kindergarten for two of those years, then moved to first grade. I am thrilled to be back in kindergarten!!My family and I have lived in the Washington School area for the past 31 years. All three of my sons went through Washington, Franklin, and Wheaton North before my return to the teaching world. Before my boys I taught All Day-Developmental Kindergarten in District 170.
I am very passionate about my work and truly love my job. You will very often find me inside the community watching my students perform in extracurricular activities. I truly believe that children invest more in their learning when they know their teacher cares about them beyond the classroom. They are more than just students in my room.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood/Special Education from Illinois State University. I have a Masters of Arts degree from Aurora University. I also have an ELL Endorsement from National Louis University.