Hello, my name is Ms. Szymanski! I grew up in Northeastern Ohio and received my bachelor's degree from Kent State University. In undergrad, I majored in Integrated Social Studies and minored in political science. My senior thesis project, which focused on the impact of race, identity and teacher training in urban school districts, was a primary reason for moving to Chicago to pursue my master's in teaching through the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago. Since graduating in 2013, I have worked as a teacher in the Chicago Public School District.
My desire to teach is deeply rooted in a sense of social justice. I believe 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.
I am a middle school special education teacher that supports students' work in both math and literacy. I love my job because I get to work with young people who bring such excitement, curiosity, and vulnerability into my day. I appreciate all that my students teach me, and love their creativity and humor.
In my free time, I enjoy working out at CrossFit, running, playing softball, and hanging out with my pitbull puppy! I also likes cooking healthy meals and sharing them with good company.