Diversity, individuality, and loyalty are the traits I value most, and the foundation of my classroom experience. I'm here on BetterLesson looking for ways to integrate Common Core, to take the fear out of the standards for teachers, and to share my own experiences. I graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, taught for two years at the Chicago International Charter School in Beverly, Chicago, IL, and moved to Geneva in 2002. Aside from Sophomore American Literature (English II and Honors English II), I have taught English I, English IV, Critical Approaches to Film, and World Literature, and am taking English III (British Literature) for the first time in 2013. Out of the classroom, I am the International Thespian Society Troupe Sponsor, and serve on the School Improvement Team, implementing Professional Learning Communities.