Bachelor of Education from Loyola University
-English as a Second Language
-Learning Behavior Specialist I
Hello, I've been teaching in the Chicago Public Schools for 14 years. Prior to that, I was an English teacher in Tokyo, Japan. While in Tokyo, I developed a love of travel and do so whenever I can. Chicago is my hometown and I enjoy rooting for our hometown sports teams, especially the Cubs and the Blackhawks.
This year in class, we will start at the beginning of mankind and study history from around the globe. Our focus will be on ancient civilizations. Social Studies is a topic that I am very passionate about and each day I plan to use that passion to bring classroom lessons to life. Also, we will take occasional breaks from studying ancient history to focus on current topics and important events that will shape our future.
In addition to Social Studies, students will learn more about their own social skills. This year, I'll lead students through Second Step. Second step is a social-emotional program that seeks to help students with the social-emotional aspects of middle school. It provides the tools students can use to thrive in school, while discouraging bullying of any kind.
Science class will focus on Earth Science. Topics will include topography, erosion, deposition, plate tectonics, and space. Students will explore these topics in the text and with hands on science labs throughout the school year.