I graduated from Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois in 1990 with a BA in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies (Type 03 - Elementary Education Certificate). I was hired as a 4th grade teacher at St. Gilbert School in Grayslake, Illinois and taught in the parochial setting for two years until moving to District #41 in August of 1992.

    I taught both 3rd and 5th grade at Jospeh J. Pleviak School until earning my MsEd - Reading from Northern Illinois University in 1996 (Type 10 - Reading Specialist Certificate).  I then transitioned out of the classroom setting and started phase II of my career as a Reading Specialist for the district. I taught remedial reading to third through fifth grade students until 1999 when the district made the change from grade level buildings to neighborhood schools. 

    When William L. Thompson School opened in August of 1999, I moved to the new building and continued to teach reading/literacy to students in grades K-6. My passion for learning lead me back to school, and in 2005 I completed my Type 75 Program from Aurora University (Type 75 - Administration Certificate). 

    In 2006 I became the Lead Teacher at Thompson School, thus beginning phase III of my career in Lake Villa.

    I love children, teaching, and working in the school setting. I have had many wonderful teaching experiences over the past twenty-eight years and continue to grow and learn on a daily basis.  Being a Lead Teacher is extremely rewarding due to the fact that I get to support students, staff members, and the building principal.  I am a great listener and love to talk...so this is the perfect job for me!

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    I grew up in Grayslake and currently live in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.  In my free time I enjoy working out, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.