Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Elementary Education Middle School Endorsements: Social Studies & Language Arts ESL Endorsement
Hello, I'm Mrs. Gilespie. I was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. After graduating from Waukegan East High School, I attended Western Illinois University where I studied Bilingual Education. Later, I obtained my teaching certification from Trinity International University where I graduated Summa Cum Laude. I am an initiated member of Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society of Educators and hold middle school endorsements in Social Studies and Language Arts. I recently earned my ESL endorsement from St. Francis University and soon I plan on going back to achive a Master's Degree in Special Education.
I am very excited to begin my 14th year of teaching. In the past, I have taught 1st and 5th grade in Waukegan Public Schools. I have also taught art to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade at St. Anastasia School in Waukegan. This year, I am extremely honored to be teaching 5th grade at Prairie Trail Elementary School.
I have four children, George, David, Annie, and Rory. My husband is also a teacher. Mr. Gillespie teaches 6th grade science in Waukegan. We have three pets in our home: a Senegal parrot, a guinea pig, and a recently rescued cat. In my freetime I enjoy readng, drawing, watching the Cubs, the Bears, the Blackhawks, and traveling to Door County, Wisconsin.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Praire Trail Family and I am looking foward to a wonderful year of learning with my students.