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Aug 2005Dec 2007

Worked toward a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Design

University of Illinois at Springfield

I worked toward a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Design, while I was teaching at Sandwich High School.  I learned a great deal through the coursework from this degree program, including Special Education Inclusion, Educational Research, Curriculum Design, etc.  

Aug 2003Jun 2005

Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration

University of St. Francis

I worked toward a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration.  I took classes in Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Research.  I did not finish my degree work, because I decided that I did not want to become a school administrator.  I did learn a great deal about what school administrators do, and how they have to handle things.  

Sep 2000Jun 2002

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Secondary Education, Summa Cum Laude

Aurora University

At Aurora University, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Secondary Education.  In this mode of study, I was elected into the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was number eight in my graduating class.  During my studies here, I learned a great deal about American History, European History, and History of the Far East.  I also learned a great deal about how to teach Social Studies, particularly to the students at Washington Middle School, Jefferson Junior HIgh School, and Yorkville High School.  

Aug 1999May 2000

Associate of Science in General Education

Waubonsee Community College

Earned an Associate of Science in General Education.  Was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  

Aug 1995May 1998

High School Diploma

Sandwich High School

I attended Sandwich High School, and graduated in three years instead of four.  I also graduated in the top ten of my graduating class.  I was in National Honor Society, Scholastic Bowl, History Club, Technology Club, Writing Club, and the Early Involvement Program at Illinois Math and Science Academy, located in Aurora, Illinois.  

Work experience

Mar 2015Sep 2015

Independent Beauty Consultant

Mary Kay

I sell high quality cosmetics, offer facials, create unique makeup looks, and help women find the best care for their unique skincare needs.  

Aug 2002Jun 2009

High School Social Studies Teacher

Sandwich Community High School

This was an amazing, and challenging career for me.  I started teaching at the young age of twenty-one.  During my tenure at Sandwich High School, I learned a great deal about Special Education, Honors Education, and everything in between.  I taught classes such as American History, Advanced American History, Psychology, Maps and Charts, Current Events, Practical Law, Global Studies, and American Government.  There was no curriculum when I entered teaching at Sandwich High School, so I had to create my own.  I also was given the authority to create a curriculum map for all of the Social Studies classes at the school.  I was in charge of my classroom for seven periods of the day, and then for one supervision duty.  I worked with students that were freshmen through seniors.  I also ran/supervised/coached many different clubs and activities.  I was the Future Educators of America Sponsor, the Scholastic Bowl Moderator, National Honor Society Sponsor, Head Speech Team Coach, and helped out with various dances, including assisting in coordinating the Junior Prom.  The most important part of my job, though, was to work with students, other faculty members, staff, administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, and parents all together.  I tried to work in a way, so that I was always working as a team, to help each of my students succeed.    

Jul 1999Jan 2002

Teller/Personal Banker

Farmers State Bank of Somonauk- It's now Heartland Bank and Trust

I worked at Farmers State Bank of Somonauk throughout my college years.  (It has been taken over by other banks since my years working there, including Citizens First National Bank, and Heartland Bank and Trust).  During my time at Farmers State Bank, I worked as a teller, as well as a personal banker.  My job was to protect the money flowing in and out of the bank, accept deposits, complete withdrawals, sell Illinois State License Plate Stickers, accept county property tax payments, open new Certificates of Deposits, Checking Accounts, and Savings Accounts.  I was also in charge of ensuring that my cash drawer balanced at the end of each business day.  After that, I was also asked to be the proof operator at our branch of the bank, where I would check other teller's work for the day, because I was very precise, and because my drawer always balanced.  



Teaching- You can see through my earlier description as a teacher, that I did a great number of things to improve my school, and to create important curriculum for our students to study.  I am very knowledgeable in classroom management, dealing with students with disabilities, dealing with high achieving students, and working with large classes.  I also have a great deal of education in other areas of teaching and administration.  I am certified in Social Studies, but am also certified in English, and considered Highly Qualified (under the, "No Child Left Behind," Act) in both Social Studies and English.


Aug 2012Jun 2016

Illinois State Teaching Certificate

State of Illinois- DeKalb County Regional Office of Education