Well, hello, I'm Allie. I live in Chicago with my husband Brad, our dog Stella, our very cranky cat Esther, and our rabbit Leonard.
I love teaching. It's an incredible job and I feel really blessed I found something to do with my life that I really enjoy that also greatly contributes to my community and the lives of others.
I currently teach at a therapeutic day school for children with severe Emotional Behavior Disorders. My school is public and we are a part of a much bigger school district. About 80% of our students live at a residential treatment center that is attached to our school. This means that my students were removed from their homes (for a multitude of reasons) and the foster placements they were given were unsuccessful. Many of my students have been in 5+ failed foster placements. They then move to residential treatment to gain the skills they need to become reunified with a family member or have a successful foster experience. The remaining 20% of our students come from district schools! My days can be very busy dealing with behaviors, but I have found a deep love for my students despite their tough exteriors. Kids are kids!
I'm glad you're here! You rock, you matter, you are doing really good things. I say that out loud because I need to remind myself of it, too.