We All Smile in the Same Language!   

Hello!  My name is  Mrs. Patty Karanikolas  and I am Leigh School's English Language Teacher.  
I work with bilingual children, English Learners, newcomers, and their families, 
as they transition their lives in America, and here in the Norridge Community.  
I also work diligently with classroom teachers in Grades K-8, during our collaborative grade level meetings.
Together we find strategies that best support our students' needs, analyze assessment data, 
& plan appropriately to support our students in the classrooms.
Please feel free to reach me at 708-456-8848 ext. 191, leave a voicemail, email me anytime 
at pkaranikolas@norridge80.net, or schedule an appointment for us to meet.
My Educational Background
Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education; DePaul University
Language Arts & Social Science Endorsements, DePaul University
Psychology Minor; DePaul University
ESL Endorsement; National Louis University
Masters in Curriculum & Instruction; National Louis University

My Work Experience
I began working at Leigh School as the ELL teacher in 2000; One year after my first year out of college, where I served as Giles School's ESL Aide.  I completed clinical hours in the inner city of Chicago and student taught in the fourth grade at Leigh School. Our ELL population continues to grow here in Norridge throughout the years. The needs of this demographic are based on language screeners and the annual proficiency assessment that measures individual growth.  When supporting language acquisition, reading for meaning; writing for expression; speaking for communication; and listening for understanding, are the four domains that children will be receiving support to become fluent in the English language.  We offer a push-in or pull-out program model, depending on the needs and proficiency of the student.  I work together with the classroom/homeroom teachers every day to find best practices and strategies to aid their learning.  

My Beliefs
With every new school year, I am sincerely grateful to be holding this position and working in a school environment; where I can help and watch children grow.  Our children are our future! And my beliefs are simple... Every child deserves a chance to be their very best self; with the guidance from those that are willing and care.  My intentions are to be the teacher, I would want for my own children.  With time, continued professional development, teacher partnerships, administrative leadership, community support, and family involvement, each child can receive equal opportunities and cherish their academic & childhood years, so they can thrive in their future, as healthy citizens of our world. 

My Personal Life
I am happily married to my wonderful husband since 2005; and we are parents of two, young-loving, school-aged children. Together, we love to explore nature, visit the city and renowned museums, and especially, love to spend quality time with our family and good friends. Both our parents were immigrants, who journeyed their way to America for a better life! We appreciate our Greek heritage, therefore our children are being raised bilingual, and empathetic to all cultures. We also take pride of our Norridge Community and the diversely- integrated people that reside here. 

My Community
The Village Hall 
Norridge Park District   
Pioneer Press-Norridge/Harwood Heights News 
Eisenhower Public Library
Norridge Map

My Resources
English Language Proficiency Standards for ELLs:
US Citizenship & Immigration Services
Ethnic Foreign Language Programs in Chicago 
Welcome to the US-Newcomer Resources
USA Learns-Learn English
For Parents of ELLs in Early Childhood/Preschool
PARCC Accommodations for ELLs (Grades 3-8):
Illinois Resource Center:
Online Encyclopedia of Writing Systems & Languages:
Colorin Colorado
Parent & Teacher Resources for ELs
Moby Max Sign In
Parenting Counts
Common Core Standards
Writing Wizard
Fiction Stories Read for Children 

My Favorite Places to Visit
City of Chicago
Field Museum
Shedd Aquarium
Garfield Conservatory
Lincoln Park Zoo
Navy Pier
Goebbert's Farm
Rosemont Financial Park
Wrigley Field
Museum of Science and Industry

The Morton Arboretum 

"Without language,
one cannot talk to people and understand them;
one cannot share their hopes adn aspirations,
grasp their history, apprecite their poetry,
or savour their songs".
                   Nelson Mendella
"If you talk to a man
in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.  
If you talk to him
in his own language,
that goes to his heart".
Nelson Mendela