Andrea graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2003 with a B.A. in Special Education and in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a M.ed. in Special Education. Throughout her career, Andrea has worked with children of all ability levels and knows how to differentiate her teaching to meet the needs of all children.
Andrea has over 13 years of teaching experience, including teaching students with severe/profound disabilities, children with autism, and children with learning disabilities. Andrea is involved in several committees within her school. She is part of the leadership team for her school, the lighthouse team, and was recently selected for a leadership apprenticeship. She has also coached for several years, coaching her son’s soccer and baseball teams.
As a child, Andrea loved her experiences at camp. She went on to work at several day camps as a young adult and spent a summer in Maryland working at Camp Accomplish as a counselor for children with and without special needs.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, running, and exercising. She is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears.
Andrea resides in Peoria, Arizona with her husband, Mike, two sons, Ashton and Rylan, and their cat, Rizzo. As a family, they enjoy traveling, hiking, swimming, and spending time together.