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Mr. Alessia's Bio: I grew up in Calumet City and Lansing, IL. I attended St. Victor Elementary School and Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing. Following high school, I studied elementary education at the University of Illinois @ Urbana/Champaign. In the fall of 2007, I completed my post graduate degree through Concordia University Chicago in Educational Leadership and Administration. I began my teaching career in 2001 at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine, IL, teaching sixth grade. In the fall of 2002, I became a long-term sub for the Enrichment/Project Arrow Program for grades K-3 at Spring Brook. The next year, I moved up to fourth grade, where I spent 13 amazing years. In the fall of 2017, I moved back to the primary grades and began my new journey as a first grade teacher. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my five nephews. I also enjoy trying to golf, playing with my dog, attending White Sox and Illinois football/basketball games, reading and spending as much time as possible outdoors.


Mrs. Everix’s second home is her first grade classroom at Spring Brook School. She couldn’t imagine a better age to help guide children with their learning. Mrs. Everix received her Bachelor’s degree from North Central College as well as her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. One of her favorite parts about being a teacher is visiting with her former students and hearing about the wonderful things they have accomplished. Mrs. Everix loves doing all sorts of activities with her husband Mark and her two sons, Jacob and Matthew. She also enjoys baking, cooking, taking trips to Lambeau Field, and spending time with family and friends.


Ms. Forrester's dream of becoming a teacher came true in 2014 and the blessings just continue to flow! She received her Masters of Arts in Education from National Louis University. Ms. Forrester enjoys inspiring young minds, relaxing, and spending time with her daughter and precocious pooch Precious!   


 Ms. Zoellner is so excited to be here at Spring Brook! She received her Bachelor’s Degree in the Teaching of English from UIC in 2011 and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University in 2015. She taught middle school and fifth grade in Chicago for 3 years. Ms. Zoellner is ecstatic to be teaching first grade now! When she is not teaching, Ms. Zoellner loves reading, traveling, crafting, and playing with her two cats, Taz and Lily. She also spends a lot of time with her parents’ dogs, Sadie and Beau. Ms. Zoellner really loves owls and elephants; she collects them at home and sometimes they take over her classroom too!


1st Grade IPSD Curriculum


Sight Word Lists

Sight Word List #1

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Sight Word List #3



Math Games

Number Line Squeeze

Top It

Number Grid

Reaching to 20

Rolling to 100


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