Hi! My name is Ms. Gabriella. I am currently a stay-at-home mom! I grew up in Lemont but have spent the last few years in Savannah, GA, where my husband was stationed with the Army. We just moved back to the area! I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College in Business Administration with a minor in English. I started substitute teaching while running summer and school break camps at Lifetime. I always knew I wanted to teach. I went back to school and received my Masters degree in Secondary English Education from National Louis University in Lisle. From there, I spent 2 years teaching English and Social Studies to middle schoolers. We then moved to Georgia for my husband’s job where I taught English for 2 years at an all-boy high school. I have been tutoring for a few years, while I stay home with our son. I have tutored students from 2nd grade through high school. When I am not running around after my son, I am working out or reading a book. As an English teacher, I love reading and this year I have a goal of reading 75 books!
“Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind” (Dale Carnegie). This quote perfectly sums up my teaching philosophy. Being an English teacher, where my students are constantly reading and writing, I am always telling my students that learning is a process and the only way to get better is to keep practicing. I demonstrate that to my students by modeling the skill we are working on in front of them. If we are doing independent reading, then they will see me reading alongside them. If we are working on a new writing skill I will show them how I cross out and revise my work right in front of them so that they see learning is truly a process. I am very excited to start my career with JAM teaching and to have the opportunity to work with students on their learning process!