God put in my heart a love for those that learn differently. It is because of this passion that I earned a B.S. in Special Education from Loyola University of Chicago in 1995 and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from National-Louis University in 2000. I had taught in Illinois public schools for six years, working with elementary and junior high students with a variety of disabilities, before marrying my husband, Greg, and starting our family. More recently, I’ve been blessed to be a part of the great staff at First Christian Church of Champaign as both Early Childhood associate and then also Special Needs Coordinator. I currently teach the Life Foundations Program in the High School in the mornings, and work as the High School Learning Resource Teacher in the afternoons at Judah Christian.
My husband, Greg, and I have been married for over 16 years and we have 4 children – all Judah students! He and I grew up in Illinois and started our family here in Central Illinois, but spent about 6 years in Central Wisconsin before moving back to settle in Urbana a few years ago. I enjoy reading, exercising (especially Pilates & ice skating), and going places with our family. Our family enjoys worshiping at First Christian Church of Champaign.
It is a blessing to serve JCS and my students as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I grew up in Austin, TX and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. and M.A. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since that time, I have worked within a variety of educational and clinical/medical settings, after first spending a number of years at home with my children. In addition to my time at Judah, I also work part-time at Carle Hospital seeing infants in the NICU, as well as adults in the critical care and rehabilitative units.
My family & I live in White Heath, IL & attend Grace Church in Mahomet. My husband Mike & I have been married over 25 years, and he currently serves as Superintendent at Judah. We have 5 children: Hannah (‘12 JCS Alum), Ethan (‘14 JCS Alum), Logan (‘16 JCS Alum), and Cade and Luke who are both current students at JCS. I enjoy spending time outdoors, attending my children’s sporting events, exercising, reading, and traveling.
My family has been part of Judah Christian School for several years, but my association with Judah started much earlier than that. I am a Judah Alum from the graduating class of 1992. I feel very blessed to have come full circle by being a graduate, and now an employee of this wonderful school! After graduating from Judah, I attended Illinois State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. After college, I worked at High Cross Christian School and then for two years at Cunningham Children’s Home in Special Education. For the past few years, I have been at home raising my family, but I have continued to keep my teaching licenses current. My husband Aaron and I have three children, all of whom attend Judah. Of all the job titles I have fulfilled, “mom” is the most important one! Our family attends First Baptist Church in Champaign. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, spending time with friends, and attending my children’s sporting events.
I am very excited to fill the position as Special Needs Coordinator and to help in supporting the students, families, and staff at Judah! I feel the Lord has led me to this position and I am praying that He will use me to glorify Himself through my efforts. Philippians 4:13 has always been a key verse for me in my life and I will continue to rely on its words for encouragement. "I can do ALL THINGS through HIM who gives me strength."