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Haines
Elementary School
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Mrs. Knoelk
2nd Grade - Haines
sknoelk@nlsd122.org

About Me...

 Staff PhotoI did my student teaching in New Lenox in  third and fourth grade classrooms.  Fortunately, I had amazing cooperating teachers and am so thankful that I was then hired by the district as a second grade classroom teacher.  After four years teaching second grade, I went back to pursue my passion of teaching students how to become better readers, and earned my Master of Science degree as a Reading Specialist.  I then became a Reading Specialist in the New Lenox School District for four years, and returned to a second grade classroom in 2015.  

I also completed training as a certified Orton Gillingham tutor at The Children's Dyslexia Center in LaGrange, as well as earned a national certification as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner through the Academic Language Therapy Association.  

I continue to teach and learn so that I can do my best to help students.

Quick Facts...

Years Teaching:

11 years

Graduated From:

University of St. Francis

Favorite Thing About Teaching:

What I love most about teaching is working with children and growing a classroom family.  It is an honor to watch the students learn and develop into their own person throughout the years.  I also love the collaboration among teachers, school staff, and parents.  I learn something new from them and from my students every day! 

Hobbies:

My hobbies include reading great books, going to car races, yoga and exercise, enjoying music, and drinking coffee.

Family:

I'm married to my incredible husband, John.  My daughter, Caitilin, is 24 years old and is a journalist and social media expert.  As of September, 2016 I also have a son-in-law, Billy!

Favorite Book:

The Help