Ms. Szymanski grew up in Northeastern Ohio and received my bachelor's degree from Kent State University. In undergrad, she majored in Integrated Social Studies and minored in political science. Her senior thesis project, which focused on the impact of race, identity and teacher training in urban school districts, was a primary reason for her interest to move to Chicago and pursue her master's in teaching through the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago. Since graduating in 2013, she has been working as a teacher in the Chicago Public School District.
Ms. Szymanski’s desire to teach is deeply rooted in a sense of social justice. She believes that free, accessible public education has the power to transform individuals and entire communities. Education should empower us to dismantle systemic oppression and build a better world.
Ms. Szymanski is a middle school resource teacher who supports students' work in both math and literacy. She loves her job because she gets to work with young people who bring such excitement, curiosity, and vulnerability into her day. she appreciate all that they teach her, and loves their creativity and humor.
In her free time, Ms. Szymanski enjoys working out at CrossFit, running, playing softball, and hanging out with her pitbull puppy! She also likes cooking healthy meals and sharing them with good company.