Welcome to Acceleration and Enrichment for the 2020-2021 school year at Western Avenue School! I enthusiastically welcome you and look forward to seeing students from last year and to getting to know you all. The upcoming year is sure to be different than any school year ever before, but I still envision it packed with stimulating challenges, new experiences, and lots of smiles!
I am in my fifth year at Western Avenue School, and I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful school community! I am devoted to teaching and helping students reach their fullest potential. I aim to help them understand themselves as learners so they are ready to take on any challenge they encounter. I believe a nurturing environment is important when asking children to tackle tough tasks, and it is my goal to provide that in my classroom for all students.
I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina in Communication Studies with a minor in Mathematical Sciences. After graduating, I managed The Princeton Review’s North Carolina office, and then worked for a hotel real estate firm in Chicago before making the decision to follow my passion, working with children. I received my Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and began my teaching career 16 years ago in West Aurora. I also (just this summer!) earned a Master of Education in Literacy from Judson University. The learning never stops!
I previously taught sixth grade at Jewel Middle School, then at Herget Middle School after it was built. While in West Aurora, I taught regular and gifted sections of Reading, Language Arts, and Math as well as Social Studies. I also worked with IMSA Fusion, a program for gifted students focusing on math and science explorations using shared inquiry.
On a personal note, my husband Adam and I have lived in Geneva for fourteen years. Our children, Evelyn (in 8th grade at GMSS) and Tobias (in 5th grade at HSS), bring a great deal to our lives, including hugs, entertainment, and never-ending adventure. Before deciding to go back into the classroom, I spent four years on a leave from teaching in order to spend more time with them. I thoroughly enjoyed this valuable time with Evelyn and Toby, and I also had the opportunity to volunteer and serve on the PTO Board at Harrison Street School. Our family has two dogs, who are sisters we rescued together, Joy and McKinley. In addition to family and teaching, my passions include photography, reading, running, and exploring. In 2016, I felt the tug to return to the classroom, and I am thrilled this decision led me to the wonderful community of Western Avenue School! I look forward to another fantastic year with the scholars of A/E!