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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
The Village Hall
Norridge Park District
Pioneer Press-Norridge/Harwood Heights News
Eisenhower Public Library
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:
Parent & Teacher Resources for ELs
Moby Max Sign In
Common Core Standards
Fiction Stories Read for Children
My Favorite Places to Visit
City of Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo
Rosemont Financial Park
Museum of Science and Industry
The Morton Arboretum