Have you ever met someone who enjoys grammar? Well, I happen to be one of those rare people. I see grammar as a puzzle, which, when the pieces are put together properly, creates a clear, meaningful picture of words. Seriously. It’s things like grammar and writing and syntax that make me passionate about teaching – well, not those things alone, but sharing them with others and helping them understand them better so that they, too, can appreciate them.
I’ve always loved school, and it was an early recognition of the value in connecting with a good teacher that made me want to teach. Even in elementary school, I realized that my teachers were helping me figure out how to learn on my own – and inspiring me to want to keep learning. As I grew older, I found that I wanted to do that, too, to help other kids become lifelong learners the way my teachers had done for me.
My BA came from Principia College, where I graduated with highest honors with degrees in education and English. Rather than jumping in the classroom immediately, I stayed at Principia and worked as an admissions counselor for two years. I spent the next couple of years teaching middle school English and Social Studies in an independent school outside Chicago.
Although teaching at the high school level is new to me, I have had a handful of experiences working with older students that have made me eager to work with this age group. I am excited to be working with the students at Link because the environment and community offer a natural canvas for developing writing and reading skills in a variety of formats.
- BA, Principia College, Education and English
- Colorado high school endorsement in the works
- Christian Science class instruction and active church member
- English and Social Studies teacher, 7th grade advisor, and middle school dorm parent at Fox River Country Day School in Elgin, IL
- Principia College admissions counselor, southern US territory
- Chicago area DiscoveryBound leader
- High school Sunday School teacher, Geneva, IL