Laura Lewandowski

Special Services

I grew up in Countryside, Illinois which is a suburb of Chicago. I am a Chicago Cubs fan and my favorite player to watch when I was growing up was Ryne Sandberg. The 2016 Cubs season will always be remembered as one of the most exciting final game of the World Series. The moment the Cubs won the World Series was the best day of my life. 

I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and on May 2009, I received my bachelors degree in business administration. I started a job in Marketing, but I found out that I was not passionate about selling products to people. So I found a job as a teacher aide in August 2009 at Ogden Elementary School in LaGrange, Illinois.  I worked one on one with a fourth grade and first grade student. I enjoyed working as aide in Special Education so I decide to attend school at night to get my degree in education.  On December 2013, I completed my Master’s degree in Special Education at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. After graduation, I was a long term sub within special education at Ogden Elementary school in LaGrange, Illinois. I began my teaching career as a K-5 Special Education teacher for the 2014-2015 school year at Garden Hills in Champaign, Illinois. This was a valuable experience for me because I got the opportunity to teach English Language Learners along with students with the attributes of a variety of disabilities.

This is my third year teaching Special Education for the primary grades. I became a special education teacher because of my experience growing up with my brother, Steven. Steven was diagnosed with Epilepsy, Autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Cerebral Palsy. I was seven years old when I started adjusting to a new life style. This experience helped me to see the value of every human being with and without a disability. I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and volunteering.  I volunteer on the weekends by serving food at the Bread and Soup kitchen in Champaign, Illinois. In addition, I am a Girls on the Run coach at Fisher Grade School. I am excited to start our second year of this program this fall.