Degrees and Certifications:
I am proud to serve as principal of Churchill Elementary School. This year marks the 12th school year that I have served School District 308. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Ill., in 1998. I began my teaching career as a student teacher in third grade in New Lenox. For the remainder of the 1998-1999 school year, I was a teacher’s assistant with special education students in fourth and fifth grades, also in New Lenox. I then helped open a brand new building in New Lenox as a fourth grade teacher and remained teaching there for six years. During that time, I received my master’s degree in administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in 2001. I am currently working to obtain a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.
Degrees and Certifications:
I am happy to be the assistant principal at Churchill Elementary School. This is my 15th year in School District 308. Prior to becoming a Mustang, I was a teacher at Homestead for eight years and Bednarcik for one. I taught fifth grade for seven years, third grade for one year, and a multi-age (fourth and fifth grade) classroom for one year. I also coached volleyball at Bednarcik Junior High and Oswego East High School. I attended the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, and graduated in 2001 with a degree in elementary education. I also attended Concordia University, Chicago, and received my master’s degree in May of 2009 in educational leadership. I am glad that I am in District 308 because the students are outstanding, the faculty and staff are great to work with, and the community is very supportive.
Special Education Coordinator
It is my privilege to serve as the special education coordinator for Churchill Elementary School, Long Beach Elementary School, and a few of our 308 students attending private programs. I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. in 1983. I began my career as a social worker in a private child welfare agency working with children and adolescents with social emotional and behavior disorders. I received my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986. I continued my work within children and adolescents while pursuing the post-graduate certificate for school social work through Loyola University in Chicago Ill in 1988. I began my career as a school social worker with Joliet Public School District 86 in 1988 where I remained for two years. I then accepted a school social work position with Morris Elementary School District 54 initially working with students kindergarten through eighth grade and ultimately with students in grades sixth through eighth. I completed post-graduate coursework through Governors State University in University Park, Ill and Illinois State University in Normal, Ill towards certification in school administration. It was my honor to continue working within Morris Elementary District 54 first as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director and then as Principal until 2011. In 2011 I welcomed the opportunity to serve as a special education coordinator with Kendall County Special Education Cooperative where I worked with students and their families in both the Yorkville School District 115 and Community School District 308. I am grateful for the education that the children and families have given me over the course of my career. I have found they have been some of my very best teachers about me as a professional and life through the eyes and heart of a child.