Meet Lorelei: District 56 Instructional Coach

Hello Teachers!!!!

I know you are very busy, and am thrilled to have you stop by!

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This post is to share a little bit about me, in the hopes that you’ll reach out and we can do some work together!

Who Am I?

I’m Lorelei Savaryn. 🙂 My life outside school revolves around my family: my husband of 11 years and our three children. Felicity is 6, August is 4, and Mary will be 2 this winter.

I enjoy singing (mostly at church, sometimes at karaoke), writing (I’m working towards getting children’s fiction published someday), and reading lots and lots of books. I am also a very big fan of dark chocolate.

What’s My Background?

I always wanted to be a teacher, but veered off course in college and ended up getting my undergraduate degree in English/Creative Writing. After a year in corporate America and working in a cubicle, I knew I had to go back and finish what I started.

I applied for and was accepted into a rigorous program for adults who wanted to become teachers in urban schools, called the Urban Education Fellows Program (UEFP). In that program, I earned my teaching license and Master’s Degree in Education while teaching for two years in a school in inner city Milwaukee.

I have taught 4th, 3rd, and 1st grade, and have loved each of them for different reasons.

Why Coaching?

I had a wonderful coach during my time in the UEFP. And having that coach by my side helped me become a better teacher faster than I could have ever dreamed on my own.

After I had been in the classroom for a few years, and sought out additional opportunities to work with more coaches who helped me move my practice forward, I knew this was the direction I wanted my career to take.

I moved into an instructional coaching role in Racine, Wisconsin last year and loved it! My husband works in Illinois and had a very long commute, so when I had the opportunity to apply for the position in D56, I was all in. We moved to Gurnee in August, and are so happy to be here!

I’m also thrilled to be able to learn and grow in this role in District 56. I already am soaking in the energy from the teachers with whom I’ve had a chance to chat, and know that this is a place where teachers work incredibly hard to meet the needs of their students. I hope I can be another useful resource for you in the amazing work you already do.

Thank you so much for your time, and I would love to hear from you soon!

-Lorelei

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