I have been teaching for 25 years, the last 15 of which have been at Ascension School. My previous experience included St. Angela's School, and Oak Brook Christian School, where I taught Kindergarten. I have a BA in Elementary Education and, in 2008, earned my Master’s degree in Reading, as well as my Reading Specialist Certification for the state of Illinois. At Ascension, I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Language Arts, and 7th grade Religion and am currently teaching Language Arts for 6th and 7th grades. The students here are kind, bright, and a lot of fun!
My philosophy of teaching is that it should be fun, but the goal of the lesson can’t be lost. I try to make the lessons enjoyable because reading and learning should be something to look forward to, not something to be endured. Am I always successful? Not always. Yet I think the students appreciate my efforts enough to not hate Language Arts class. That’s my hope, anyway! Aside from regular lessons, I also direct Greek Day, in which the students participate in Greek plays during the Mythology unit, along with other activities.
Because of this activity, I was talked (by the students) into starting Ascension’s Aspiring Actors. This allows the 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to stretch their acting chops and have a little fun performing. I love to instill a love of learning and literature in my students, and continue to strive toward that goal every day.