I am enjoying my 21st 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 6th year at the school I’m so very proud to call home, William Fremd High School (Township High School District 211). 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 their learning!!
In October 2016, I renewed my National Board Certification originally earned in 2006. Along with renewing my Administrative Certificate. I also hold endorsements in speech communications and reading. 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 very well be able to find me at the gym as fitness is another passion I live by. I’ve been a long-time fitness fanatic but in December 2017 I finally validated that passion by earning my NASM-CPT certificate, with specialization in Group Fitness training. A side goal of mine is to share my fitness practices more to help others maintain and enjoy a healthy, fit lifestyle while living our busy lives. Upon my eventual retirement, I plan on pursuing a fitness career full-time.
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