Hi, I’m Ms. Liza! I currently teach Special Education at a few different Catholic schools in Chicago. I grew up just north of Chicago in a town called Glencoe. I have my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and my master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. I have taught Special Education in many different school settings, and I love helping students figure out why something is difficult for them and helping them find strategies that work for them to make it easier. Outside the classroom, I love watching sports (Go Bulls, Bears, Sox, AND Cubs!), playing kickball, and hanging out with my nephew and two nieces who live in the suburbs.
I know that all students are capable, so if they haven’t been able to learn something, they need a little more time or haven’t had it presented to them correctly yet. I think tutoring (and learning in general) works best when teachers and students constantly communicate about what works and what doesn’t because there will always be something that works, even if it takes a little longer. My favorite part of teaching is asking students, “How did you know that?” (a question I often ask), and they can explain their thinking. Often, they look at a situation or arrive at an answer in a way I had never even thought of, and I can see that material in a new way, which is fun for me!
I am excited to work with JAM and can’t wait to help build more lifelong learners!