Welcome to 5th Grade ELA

We are going to have a wonderful year ahead filled with reading great literature! I am so pleased to be joining the fifth grade team this year at Giles School. I have been a teacher in Norridge District 80 for 20 years. Throughout these years, I have taught first, second, and fourth grades. I have always been a passionate reader, and look forward to sharing my love for reading and writing with all of the students in my class! Check this website often for important information from class! It will be your ticket to success!

More about Mrs. Quitno:

  • I am the fourth generation of my family to reside in Park Ridge. My great-grandfather immigrated to the United States from Norway at the turn of the century to help rebuild San Francisco after the major earthquake. He chose to reside in Park Ridge, as the weather here in Illinois is similar to that of Oslo, Norway! Read I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, and you may understand more about what life was like when my Great-Grandfather Pete came to the United States!
  • I am the mother of three children: Finn (6th grade), Carsen (4th grade) and Millie (1st grade). They attend the school my mom attended when she was a little girl!
  • My husband took two passions: a love for drawing and a love for golf and made it into his career. He designs and renovates golf courses throughout the Midwest, and is even working on one in New York. He's a great artist, and when we were still dating, I decided to show him how much I liked golf by getting a hole-in-one!
  • Some of my outside passions include: running (I will share many stories with you from the miles I run before school...I typically wake up at 4:30 am), dancing (I especially love Zumba, but I generally love all dance...and have even found joy in watching my daughter perform a Fortnite dance this summer in her dance camp), and watching my kids play MANY sports!
  • We also love to travel, and celebrated my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary in Rosemary Beach, Florida this summer. Twenty-two of us enjoyed playing on the beautiful beaches, going for crab hunts at night, and being together as our families are in Colorado, Iowa, and Illinois.
  • I have a passion for mindfulness and meditation. I love nature and find just thinking about things in nature help me find focus, and feel calm! I especially find cardinals and elephants amazing!
  • I LOVE TO READ! My favorite genre is historical fiction, and my favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Along with you, my goal this school year is to complete the 40 Book Challenge right alongside you!
  • My family and I have a brand new puppy named Piper! She's a Mini Goldendoodle and she has stolen our hearts!