The day ODE crossed paths with Mrs. Andrews was a wonderful one. She teaches our elementary literature classes, and has introduced our students to excellent books we occasionally miss in our literature lists because they are recent additions to the literary world. We have been so blessed with her kind and warm heart, well-prepared and excellent classes, and the love of good books she has instilled in our students. Today it is our great pleasure to shine the spotlight on Mrs. Andrews and allow all of us to learn a little more about her and what happens in her life.
I grew up in Oak Park. I attended church and elementary school in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. For junior high and high school, I went to public school in Oak Park. My husband is also from Oak Park, so this is where we chose to buy a home and raise our family. We have two children. Our son is a Junior in high school, and our daughter is a Sophomore at Illinois State University.
In my free time I love to read, and work on different creative projects. This summer I started a t-shirt quilt for my daughter using all her t-shirts that have memories, but were languishing in a box in the attic. It was an interesting learning experience! During the pandemic I started doing the newspaper crosswords and found that I really enjoy them.
My husband and I usually have one in progress on the kitchen table.
I also enjoy Greek food, chocolate desserts, and a good cup of coffee!
This will be my 5th year teaching Elementary Literature at ODE! I have a BA in Elementary Education from Cornell College (in Iowa). I started my career as a First grade teacher at a Lutheran school in the Marquette Park neighborhood. From there I went to South Berwyn and taught First grade at a public school. Once my kids were born, I became a stay-at-home mom. While my kids were in elementary school, I spent a lot of time volunteering in their classrooms and helping with school events. I loved being a part of their school journey. Once they were in Middle/High School, I needed a different outlet for my “school skills”, and luckily I found ODE (or maybe ODE found me!).
As a non-homeschooler, I feel very blessed to be welcomed into the ODE community. I have learned a lot, and have enormous respect for the job that homeschool parents do. I feel honored to be trusted with a small part of your children’s education.