About Me

BIO

I grew up in Chicago going to private Polish schools until my parents moved to the suburbs where I graduated from Jacobs High School.

After graduating from high school, I attended Purdue University. I got my bachelor's degree in Honors Chemistry and worked for Purdue in a research lab for a year and a half.

During that time, I realized that lab work was not for me and decided to go back to school for my true passion: teaching. I enrolled the next year and received my second bachelor's degree, Chemical Education.

My passions include teaching and learning the following:

  • EdTech (technology integrated into the classroom)
  • Physics (classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, special and general relativity theory, and quantum mechanics)
  • Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus)
  • Chemistry (general, organic, inorganic, physical, analytical)
  • Computer Science (data processing, game development, encryption)

Favorite Quotes:

  • "When students know why they are doing something, they do better at it."
  • "Foolish leaders believe pointing out what went wrong inspires people to do better. You can’t condemn and inspire at the same time."

EDUCATION

BS in Honors Chemistry - Purdue University - 5/2004

BS in Chemical Education - Purdue University - 5/2005

MA in Educational Leadership - Concordia University - 8/2007

MA in Mathematics - Aurora University - 6/2011

Doctorate of Education in Learning Design & Leadership - University of Illinois-Urbana, Champaign - 2020

I graduated from Purdue University in May 2005. While there, I received two bachelor's degrees. One in Honors Chemistry and the other was Secondary Education with an endorsement in science.

In 2007, I received my Master's in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Chicago as well as my Type 75 Certification in Leadership and Administration.

In 2011, I received my Master's in Mathematics from Aurora University.

In 2012, I started a minor in Environmental Studies at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I moved back to IL (June 2013), I will not be able to finish this degree at the moment.

I take pride in being a lifelong learner. Since pre-school, I have never not been in school.

Teaching Experience

Jefferson Middle School - 2005-2011

    • Science Teacher - 8th grade
      • includes physical, life, and earth science
      • general, inclusion (co-taught), and gifted students
    • Algebra Teacher - 8th grade
    • Assistant Principal Intern (2006-2007)

District 129 Summer School - 6/2006 - 07/2006

    • Pre-Algebra Teacher - 8th grade

Greenman Elementary School Summer Bridges Program - 06/2007 - 07/2007

    • Principal Intern - K-3rd grade

CT River Academy - 2011-2013

    • Green Chemistry Teacher - 10th-11th grade (2011-2012)
    • Math Lab Teacher (Resource) - 9th-11th grade (2011-2012)
    • Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Teacher - 9th-12th grade (2011-2013)
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Teacher - 9th-12th grade (2012-2013)
    • Chemistry Teacher - 11th-12th grade (2012-2013)
    • New teacher mentoring (2012-2013)

Goodwin College - 2012-2013

      • MA 186 - Precalculus

Huntley High School - 2013-2014

    • Chemistry - 10th grade

Batavia High School - 2014-present

      • Calculus 1 - 11th-12th grade (2014-present)
      • Intermediate Algebra - 9th-10th grade (2014-2015; 2016-2017)
      • Computer Science and Software Engineering- 10th-12th grade (2015-2017)
      • Chemistry - 10th-12th grade (2015-2016)
      • Computer Science Principles (2017-2018)
      • Introduction to Computer Science (2017-2018)

Waubonsee Community College - 2015-present

      • MTH131 - Calculus With Analytic Geometry I (2015-present)
      • MTH211 - Calculus for Business and Social Science (2015-2017)

School Leadership Experience

Mathletes Coach - 2015-present

      • Rotolo Middle School

Math Team Coach - 2014-present

      • Batavia High School

Science Department Chair - 2013-2014

      • Huntley High School
      • served on science curriculum review team
      • presented board proposal on behalf of department
      • led PD involving the introduction of Next Generation Science Standards
      • completed evaluations on thirteen science teachers
      • served as Chemistry Level Leader
      • started initiative to focus exam questions based on item analysis of Explore, PLAN, and Revolution Prep questions aligned with ACT College Readiness standards
      • promoted the use of problem-based learning into the curriculums of core science courses
      • created and maintained science department website

Instructional Technologist - 2011-2013

      • CT River Academy
      • helped teachers integrate technology into their teaching
      • managed school website
      • helping staff/students with tech issues involving:
        • Microsoft Office Suite
        • Google Docs
        • GMail
        • MacBooks/iMacs
        • iPads
        • etc.
      • managed Moodle
      • managed tech budget
      • worked interdependently with IT
      • found new ways to integrate new tech to help staff/students
      • led edtech PD's
        • iPads in the classroom
        • Moodle training
        • PowerSchool training
      • tech training, organizing the laptops, iPads

District Science Committee Member - 2006-2010

      • West Aurora District 129
      • helped coordinate:
        • common formative assessments
        • curriculum creation
        • textbook adoption

IMSA Fusion Science/Math Teacher - 2007-2010

      • IL Math and Science Academy
      • provided hands-on, inquiry-based enrichment activities in mathematics and science
      • designed for talented and motivated middle school students

PBIS Data Manager - 2008

      • Jefferson Middle School
      • helped aggregate and organize SWIS data

Alternative to Retention (ATR) coordinator - 2005-2010

      • Jefferson Middle School
      • organized an after school program that allowed students to make up credit on classes they failed
      • tutored students
      • tracked student progress throughout the program
      • held meetings with classroom teachers as interventions

Data Team Manager - 2010

      • Jefferson Middle School
      • helped to organize school-wide data
      • helped create graphs and charts related to school initiatives