About Gerri

Background.
As an educator for Township High School District 214, I understand the necessity of sharing information.  In fact, I frequently write about education reform, standardized assessments, and legislation to help colleagues, friends, and neighbors. Several of my articles were highlighted by Diane Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education serving both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, after being asked to write on the topic of standardized assessment and text complexity.  Currently, in my role as Education Chair for the District 214 Education Association, I am working to support the implementation of Civics Education as a graduation requirement as outlined by new legislative mandates.

Throughout my 26 years teaching, I’ve helped support generations of students in their academic careers. I’m a life-long learner and have earned four degrees, including Educational Leadership and Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, and English/Language arts. I hold three certifications in Administration, Secondary Education, and Special Education.  I’ve also written and published an educational series, Learning By Lexile, an on-line collection of abridged reading passages from classic literature with interactive instructional materials and assessments.

Service extends into the community, too.  Citizen Advocacy Center recognized my efforts to communicate an issue concerning public health and safety with a Citizen’s Initiative Award.  I’ve travelled the state as a speaker on behalf of Sierra Club and worked as a volunteer on a local campaign.  Other areas of civic participation include youth ministry at St. Mary’s Church of Buffalo Grove and The Chapel in both Mundelein and Grayslake.

I’m an educator, administrator, volunteer, mom, and proud grandmother of my 3-year old grandson.  I’m a longtime resident of Hawthorn Woods – my family has lived in Lake County for more than 28 years. As your College of Lake County Board Trustee, I will put my life and career experiences to work on behalf of our students and communities to uphold high educational standards during increasingly challenging economic times.



CREDENTIALS


Education.

Concordia University – M.A., Curriculum and Instruction
National-Louis University – C.A.S., Educational Leadership
National-Louis University  M.A., Special Education: LBS I
Lake Forest College – B.A., English
(concentration on writing and additional courses in secondary education)

Certification.
Illinois State Administrative Certificate: Number 2157203; Type 75; Valid for: K-12; Endorsements: General Administrative

Illinois State Teaching Certificate: Number 1840765; Type10; Valid for: Special Education K-12; Endorsements: Learning Behavior Specialist I, Learning Disabilities and Social/Emotional Disorders

Illinois State Teaching Certificate: Number 1840764; Type 09; Valid for: High School 6- 12; Endorsements: English and Language Arts

Highly Qualified Subject Areas.
English (grades 9-12), English as a Second Language, Journalism (grades 9-12), Language Arts (grades 1-8), Reading, Speech (grades 9-12), and Title I Remedial Reading

Civic Involvement.
District 214 Education Association, Education Chair
Sierra Club Member and Speaker
Livable Lake County Volunteer
Co-Curricular Sponsor, Students 4 Democracy
League of Women Voters
Instructor, St. Mary’s Church of Buffalo Grove (evening program)
Youth Ministry Volunteer, The Chapel – Mundelein and Grayslake