Teaching experience: I am enjoying my 22nd year of teaching high school English. I spent my first two years at Crystal Lake Central (Township High School District 155), the next 13 at Palatine High School (Township High School District 211) and now am in the midst of my 7th year at the school I am proud to call home, William Fremd High School (Township High School District 211). At this point in my career, I’ve taught every level of English. I currently serve as lead teacher on Fremd’s Digital Democracy team, Viking Network, and am also an active member of our professional development team. Additionally, I serve as one of my school’s technology coaches, helping colleagues and students integrate technology to best serve student learning. As a technology coach, I am a member of my school’s e-Learning team, assisting teachers in my building as we all convert our lessons to blended learning during the COVID-19 crisis. This summer, I just completed my first experience as an AP Reader for College Board’s AP Language and Composition exam.
Educational background: In October 2016, I renewed my National Board Certification originally earned in 2006. Additionally, I have an Administrative endorsement as well as endorsements to teach reading and speech. I believe teaching is not merely a job – it’s a way of life, it’s a passion. I don’t simply teach skills but strive to teach possibilities of empowering students to be the most innovative, proactive citizens (both digital and RL!) they can be in this ever-changing world we are helping to prepare them for.
When not in the school building, one may find me at the gym as fitness is another passion I live by. I’ve been a long-time fitness fanatic but recently validated that passion by earning my NASM-CPT certificate, with specialization in Group Fitness training.
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