name is Lisa and I am a 28-year-old special education teacher in the western
suburbs of Chicago. While I enjoy cooking,
crafting, playing my guitar, being outside, and writing, teaching is the
biggest part of my life.
completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in 2007, I
moved back to Chicago to begin my pursuit of a teaching career. I earned a Master’s degree in special education
in 2010 and am now pursuing a second Master’s in English Language Learning (ELL)
to meet the growing needs of my student population.
currently work as a 4th grade inclusion teacher in a Pre-K–8th grade
elementary school. Previously, I worked
as a paraprofessional, a substitute, and a tutor in many different special education
settings. I have worked with students
with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities,
hearing impairments, emotional disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and autism. My students have been both verbal and
non-verbal, readers and non-readers, challenging and endearing.
approach to teaching contains equal parts candor, irreverence, dedication,
sarcasm and a steadfast belief in the education of all students.