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Meet the Teachers and Leaders

Learn more about the teachers and leaders who shared their classrooms with us. When you select a teacher, you will learn more about the teacher’s and leader’s backgrounds and teaching philosophies, and you can access each teacher’s and leader’s suite of videos and artifacts through these pages.

 
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PK

Amy Haffner

School: Illinois Park Early Learning Center, U-46

Position: Blended Pre-K Teacher

Number of Years Teaching: 19

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PK

Apryl Lowe

School: Illinois Park Early Learning Center, U-46

Position: Principal

Number of Years Teaching: 7 years as Principal, 9 years full-time Teaching; 3 years part-time Teaching

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PK

Eva Gonzalez Heredia

School: Illinois Park

Position: Bilingual Preschool Teacher

Number of Years Teaching: 12

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PK/K

Karen Smith

School: U-46 Center Office with support to seven elementary schools

Position: Full Day Kindergarten Teacher Leader

Number of Years Teaching: 30 years as Teacher, 2 years as Teacher Leader

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GRADE
K

Kim Deering

School: Prairieview Elementary

Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Number of Years Teaching: 16

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K

Martha Mancera

School: Lowrie Elementary School

Position: Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher

Number of Years Teaching: 15

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K

Zahideé Marcano

School: Ronald O' Neal, U-46 Elgin Public Schools

Position: ELL Kindergarten Teacher

Number of Years Teaching: 20

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