I am honored to be nominated as November's Teacher of the Month. I have never wanted to be anything other than a teacher, and it is a privilege to do so at Bateman School. I was inspired to be a teacher by my grandmother and two of my aunts who were teachers, as well as several special teachers that made a difference in my life.
I grew up in rural, central Illinois and graduated from both Lincoln Christian College and the University of Illinois in Springfield. I completed my graduate studies in bilingual and bi-cultural education at Chicago State University. This is my 13th year teaching at Bateman Elementary School and my 14th year teaching. I taught in a 3rd grade classroom for 11 years, and this is my 3rd year teaching 1st grade. I love working with English language learners, as well as learning new languages. I speak English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, and I hope to begin learning French soon!
Over the years, it has been my pleasure to coach volleyball and softball, lead the ballroom dance team, and teach in a variety of after school programs. I truly enjoy being a part of the Bateman community.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially my husband and two children, ages 4 years and 20 months.
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