ELL Teacher: Ms. Jean Abbott
I graduated from Illinois State University in 1994 with an Early Childhood teaching certificate. I taught kindergarten for five years in Schiller Park, Illinois. During that time, I got my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from National –Louis University with an endorsement to teach ESL. In 1999, I came to Naperville Community Unit School District 203. Over the years I have worked at several elementary buildings in the district as a K-5 ELL Teacher. During that time, I got my Elementary teaching certificate. Early Childhood has been my first love and passion so when the building opened in 2010-2011, I jumped at the chance to go to the Ann Reid Early Childhood Center as the ELL (English Language Learner) teacher.
I love to travel to other countries and have been to Greece, Italy, Mexico, and London. But since having my two daughters my husband and I have only traveled to places within the United States like Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. I do not speak another language, but I do like to learn about other cultures and languages. I still keep in touch with a few students and I LOVE to get letters or email from them to hear about how and what they are doing now!
Ms. Katrina Chipman
I was born in Tennessee and moved to Naperville in 1989. I attended Lincoln Jr. High School, and I am a 1993 graduate of Naperville Central High School. My husband and I have two boys that attend school in Naperville Community Unit School District #203. In 1997, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from Northern Illinois University. I continued my studies at Northern Illinois University and obtained my Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1999. From 1999 to 2000, I worked in Plainfield School District #202 servicing children in an early childhood program and third through fifth graders who demonstrated communicative disorders. In 2000, I began working in Naperville Community Unit School District #203 as a speech-language pathologist at River Woods Elementary School serving kindergarten through fifth graders with communicative disorders. In 2005, I began working in the Early Childhood Instructional Speech Class (i.e., Phonological Classroom) which was located at River Woods Elementary School. When Ann Reid Early Childhood Center opened its doors in 2010, the Phonological Classroom found a new home. I currently work in the Phonological Classroom treating children with severe to profound speech disorders. In addition, I service 3 year old to 5 year old children receiving itinerant speech and language services, and I screen and evaluate children for communication disorders. My goal in therapy is to create a warm and fun environment where children are able to improve their communication skills, so they are confident and independent when they are communicating with peers and adults in their educational and social environments. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, listening to music, baking, and crafting.
Ms. Megan Hafer
I graduated in 2002 from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Early Childhood Studies. I went on to teach in an early childhood classroom in District 204 for ten years prior to joining Ann Reid in Aug 2012. I completed my graduate degree in Early Childhood Leadership from National Louis University in 2004, and a second graduate degree in Educational Administration from Governor’s State University in August 2011. I love teaching and working with young children! It has been a dream and passion of mine since the time I was a child. I believe in the importance of building a strong foundation and love for learning during the early childhood years. I feel fortunate to have an opportunity to work with so many wonderful children, families and talented educators here at Ann Reid! I grew up primarily in the Schaumburg area but have lived in Naperville for the past 8 years. I love the Naperville area! In my free time I enjoy decorating, watching football, reading, running and spending time outdoors. I also love to spend time with my family as often as possible, especially my five nieces and nephews!
Ms. Sara Gilbert
My name is Sara Gilbert and I am a speech-language pathologist at Ann Reid. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science and then attended Indiana University to obtain my Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. In addition to my teaching certificate, I hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and am licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
After obtaining my degree, I worked in a private speech and hearing center for two years before joining District 203 in 2003. I am currently pursuing a Certificate of Assistive Technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In my free time, I enjoy reading, volunteering in the community, running, and spending time with family and friends. I am proud to be part of the Ann Reid family and love helping children develop their communication skills!