Mandi Urban-Lester



Degrees and Certifications:

IL Professional Education License - Secondary Education ELA (Endorsed grades 6-12) Bachelor of Arts, English Master of Education, Learning and Teaching Juris Doctorate

Mandi Urban-Lester

I'm a licensed teacher who has been an educator for nearly 20 years in high schools and colleges/universities across the country teaching a variety of English, Education, Paralegal, and Humanties courses.  For the past 13 years, I've been an adjunct faculty member at the College of Lake County (CLC) teaching Critical Thinking courses, and also a Specialist Writing Tutor for CLC's Coaching and Academic Success Division, but I'm especially excited to be able to share my passion for reading and writing with our younger students in the district as a Special Education Aide at Prairie Trail School this year.  Working one-on-one with students to help them make connections and feel empowered is the best part of teaching, and now I get to do that every day!

I have two children in the district who are both at Viking Middle School, and my husband and I spend most of our "free time" watching them participate in their various sports, band and extracurricular activities, but I also love to read, exercise, travel (to warm and sunny places) and create memorable gifts for those I love.