All about Mrs. Rogers
Currently, I live in Glendale Heights with my family and two cats. My oldest is going into 8th grade and his whole world is baseball. This means that my whole world is baseball! We spend countless hours on the field cheering on Michael. I have a daughter, Amanda, who loves gymnastics and cheer. She just recently landed her roundoff, back hand spring, and back tuck. Don’t ask me what that means or what it is, however, it does look really neat. I envy her ability to be so flexible and so strong. Then there is Kyle; he is going into third grade. He has a love for adventure and is fearless which means that he gets hurt often. We are super excited that we made it through the summer without a trip to the emergency room. If that wasn’t enough, my three kids talked my husband and me into adding two cats to our family. Caesar is a handful; you never know when he’ll attack or when he will be a lovable. My kids tend to run around the house, arms flailing, and yelling, “Attack mode!” when Caesar is on the prowl. Finally, we have Ruddy; she is our squeaky wheel. She’s always around and ready to share her thoughts on anything. If only I understood cat talk! Together we make any night interesting.
For the past ten years, I have been honored to teach within the Kaneland Community. I have taught 5th-8th grades. Most of my teaching experiences have been in 5th and 6th grade. This is my thirteenth school year. It is hard to believe that my very first students are now starting their own families!
Although most of my teaching experience has been in literacy and reading, I am excited to be teaching writing this year. I had the privilege of piloting the Lucy Calkins writing program and mentored my team last year. I recently found my love of writing through my dad. He is consistently telling stories and sharing memories; his belly-rolling tales have led me to understand the gift of language through writing. I have also learned that writing encourages the spark of answering questions through research. As writers and learners, we have the ability to share the information that we have found. Finally, writing has helped me truly understand my opinions by incorporating information to make a stronger argument.
I look forward to a great year with your children. They’ll be sharing stories through narratives, sharing research that they have found on topics through informational writing, and coming up with arguments on their beliefs through argumentative writing.