Hello! I’m Mrs. Carroll. I started in the Sauganash neighborhood as a toddler in the early 80s, bounced around the city in my 20s and 30s, and am eager to return to my roots this school year! I attended Queen of all Saints and Loyola Academy. I received my BS in Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a few years teaching K, 4th, and 6th grades on the SW side of Chicago, I obtained my MaEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in EL/Bilingual Education. I speak, read, and write Spanish fluently and love learning about different languages and cultures. Pulaski International School in Bucktown was home for the last 11 years where I taught 7th/8th Language Arts and Science. I’ve spent over 5 years teaching as an adjunct professor at Dominican and Loyola Universities teaching both Undergraduate and Graduate courses in assessment, International Baccalaureate programs, Bilingual/ESL Methods and Policy, and Science Pedagogy. Teaching teachers keeps me energized, on my toes, and on top of what’s new and fresh in the world of education.
Despite being asked if I truly choose to teach 12-14 year olds out of my own free will, the answer is, Yes! There’s no better age group to teach, in my humble opinion. They’re competent, energetic, and eager to assert their independent ideas and opinions. My job is to pique their interests, help them discover their strengths and provide opportunities for Sauganash middle school students to become thoughtful citizens of the neighborhood, city, and beyond. Ideally, they end the year as stronger readers, critical thinkers, and communicators as well!
I live in Edgebrook with my husband, Mark, also a native to the area, and our two children, Maeve and Finn. I spent my summer visiting every park within the 60646 zip code, applying sunscreen, and providing lots of snacks. It was wonderful.