Teaching experience: I am enjoying my 24th 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 9th 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 serve as one of my school’s technology coaches, helping colleagues and students integrate technology to best serve student learning. During our COVID-19 crisis, I served on Fremd’s e-Learning team, assisting teachers in my building as we all converted our lessons to blended learning. This summer, I completed my third experience as an AP Reader for College Board’s AP Language and Composition exam, earned certification as an Apple teacher and Inspearational Teacher certification as a Pear Deck coach.
Background: In October 2016, I renewed my National Board Certification originally earned in 2006. Additionally, I have an Administrative certificate as well as endorsements to teach reading and speech. I believe teaching is not merely a job – it’s a way of life, a passion. I don’t simply teach skills but strive to empower students to be the most innovative, proactive citizens they can be in this ever-changing world we are helping to prepare them for. As a mom to a 2010 Fremd grad, I understand the need to nurture our students as we build their confidence to seek out their dreams, endeavors and goals.
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 both Behavior Modification and Group Fitness training.
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