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I am teaching 8th grade English Language Arts this year at Hubble Middle School. Before this, I taught middle school language arts and social studies at LEARN Charter School in Great Lakes, Illinois. I am a graduate of Wheaton College, where I double majored in English and Education. I also recieved my English Language Learning endorsement during my time at Wheaton. This past year I took classes with National Louis recieve my Special Education endorsement. All of these efforts have been for the benefit of my students. I truly love teaching and getting to know each and every student.
I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland, where I grew up with my parents and two older siblings. I love the East Coast and miss being close to the ocean as well as watching my favorite football team the Ravens play each Fall weekend. Throughout my school career I played many different sports, including soccier, field hockey, lacrosse, and track.
From an early age, I fell in love with reading and writing and soon found that teaching was the perfect way to use this passion while helping students. Throughout my career I have taught in many different contexts, including Baltimore City, West Chicago, and World Relief, where I worked with refugees from Burma, Iraq, Pakistan and the Congo. In all of these contexts I have continued to revitilize my passion for students, using reading and writing to help them see the world in new ways and find their unique voice to express themselves. I truly believe that all of my students are capable of being the critical thinking and empathetic leaders our world desperatly needs today.
Some of my faovirte acitivies outside of school are going to the library with my three nephews, biking along Lake Michigan with my husband, and reading under any tree I can find. My favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkein, Toni Morrison, and Flannery O'Connor.
I know this year is going to be a great one. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, concerns.