I graduated from Illinois State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I love going to school, so I kept going back for more. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from Concordia University and my English as a Second Language endorsement from American College of Education in 2012. I am also halfway through my 2nd Masters in Educational Technology. I believe that keeping up with my education makes sure that I am using the best possible practices and techniques to help children learn. I started off my teaching career in a south suburb of Chicago, IL. I worked in the At-Risk Pre-Kindergarten classroom for five years and then moved up to First Grade and loved every second of it! After 8 years in 1st, my husband and I relocated to Tennessee where after teaching both Kinder and 2nd, I’m back in 1st again! I absolutely love teaching children in this age group and being able to help them grow not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.