• Master of Science, Special Education with LBS 1-Dominican University in River Forest, IL

    Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics-Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics-Washington University in St. Louis, MO

  • Hello! My name is Machiko Munakata-Dennis and I work at Viking as an aide. Students call me Mrs. M.  Working at Viking has taught me many interesting things about middle grade students.  So many amazing students at Viking. Most students just tolerate me, but I enjoy my job all the same!

    20 something years ago, I graduated college with a Ceramics degree.  The craft enamoured me so much that I went for additional schooling, and earned a Master’s in Ceramics.  After twists and turns in life, I discovered the world of Special Education.  It fascinated me. I decided to go back to school and learn and be a part of this world.

    Two years ago, I graduated with my Master’s in Special Education (yay!) and have not looked back since. What I learned in academics is very different from what I have been learning in real classrooms! Whoa! Rediscovering the joy of learning and teaching math, I am currently working on obtaining a middle school math endorsement. So much to do, so little time!