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Meet Christina: Behavior Coach District 56

Allow me to introduce myself……

Who I am:

I am a Gurnee native who grew up going to District 56 along with my husband, Justin.  We have been married for over 2 years and have three adorable, four legged, and furry children.  In my free time my husband and I enjoy taking two of our dogs, Ollie and Taz, on therapy dog visits around Cook, Lake and McHenry County.  Our third dog, Riptide, is an obedience dog and enjoys learning new tricks and skills.

When I am not working with the dogs my husband and I love to explore new places.  We enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and visiting historic locations all over the world.  Our most recent trip was to Ireland and Northern Ireland and besides the driving (I am not a great driver even on the right side of the road….) we had a wonderful time!

 

Why Coaching?:

I LOVE coaching.  Teacher’s directly impact student achievement; it’s not the curriculum or the technology it is the teachers and their instruction.  What better way to support student learning than to support the teachers!

I myself have received coaching at my past district for 5 years and have learned and grown as a professional.  Teaching is a craft and all too many times teachers feel unsupported or leave teaching because they are burnt out and feel they have run out of options.  It is a coaches job to continue to help support the teacher so those feelings do not happen.  My goal is to support each teacher I work with by listening, collaborating, and being a resource so teachers feel and know they CAN!  I also look forward to learning amazing things from each teacher here at 56.

Besides coaching I LOVE behavior and data.  Do not ask me why but, I have always enjoyed working with students to teach them appropriate and expected behavior as well as reviewing data to ensure they are making the appropriate choices.   We do not teach children so they can be better at school; we teach children in school to be better adults and their behavior will greatly affect their success.  I could not have asked for a better position as I not only get to support teacher’s in their professional and personal growth but I also get to work with behavior.

Life Experiences:

My background is in Special Education and I have worked in a variety of positions including: self-contained behavior, self-contained cross categorical, and a therapeutic day school for children with Autism.  I have worked with ages preschool through high school and in a variety of schools.

Beyond the classroom I have worked with the National Disability Rights Network as an intern in Washington DC and worked on educational policy including ESSA and advocated for individuals with disabilities.

Always remember:

 

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