I believe it's paramount that as educators, we give our students the tools and guidance necessary to be productive, well-rounded scholars! This is my 12th year with the district. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign), my Master of Arts in Secondary Education (Content Area: English Language Arts) with a specialty in Reading Assessment & Instruction from Lewis University, and my Middle School Endorsement from the University of Phoenix. I am currently pursuing my Technology Specialist Endorsement from the University of St. Francis as well as my Google certification.
I employ the use of technology amongst students (and staff, where applicable) to promote learning, creativity, and collaborative teaching. I strive to connect with all students to focus on critical thinking and real-world application. By successfully modeling positive behavior and growth mindset, both as a teacher and a student, I believe that our Hillside community can be molded into an even more welcoming and innovative educational environment than it already is.
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King, Jr.