Pat Fordonski has been teaching at Spring Brook since 2002. He started as a teacher’s assistant working in Mrs. Koebrich’s classroom when she taught fourth grade. He then taught third grade for six years. This is his fifth year teaching second grade. Pat received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2001. A fun fact about the time Pat spent at Eastern is that he attended EIU when Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, was at Eastern. He earned his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration in 2007 from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. Someday he has aspirations of becoming an Athletic Director. He currently lives in Aurora, Illinois. Pat has two younger sisters, one of which is a teacher in Naperville (District 203). Pat’s mom teaches Kindergarten and his dad started teaching Computer Aided Drafting and Architecture classes at Waubonsee Community College. Pat grew up in Geneva, Illinois and enjoys golfing, watching the Cubs play, swimming, reading and bowling in his free time. Pat’s favorite subject to teach is Math. He believes that everyone is different and unique in their own special ways. He enjoys making learning a fun process where everyone feels successful.
Jill Koebrich has loved every moment of her teaching career at Spring Brook. She began her time at Spring Brook as a teacher's aide in 1995 before getting her own fourth grade classroom the following school year. She taught fourth grade for ten years before moving into her second grade classroom. Jill received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1994 and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Aurora University in 2001. Jill lives in Plainfield with her husband Ken and daughter Kami. Ken and Jill enjoy taking Kami on bike rides in the neighborhood, reading and playing together, and cheering on the Cubs and Bears. In the classroom, Jill believes every child has the potential to succeed. She values her students and loves providing them with an education that is motivating, achievable, and fun.
Julia Schnorr is thrilled to be starting her teaching career in 2nd grade at Spring Brook Elementary. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in 2017. As a student, she studied abroad in Canterbury, England where her love for travel began. She loves to spend time with her nephew, cheer on the Cubbies, and read a good book with a cup of tea. As a District 204 graduate, she is so proud to be teaching for the district in which her passion for education began! Julia believes each child is entitled to an enriching education that fosters respect, guidance and appreciation for each student’s cultural identity.
Emily Sellers has been teaching at Spring Brook Elementary since 2007. She loves being a Huskie and cannot imagine being anywhere else. Emily started out teaching fourth, then headed to third grade and is now in second. She loves working with the friendly staff, hardworking students and supportive parents. Emily received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal. She loves to play golf, read, decorate and spend time with her family and friends. Emily has a true passion for teaching and loves being able to work with kids on a daily basis while seeing them grow throughout the year.
The Second Grade reading curriculum is a based on a balanced literacy framework which involves each one of the following components on a daily basis:
· Shared Reading
· Guided Reading
· Independent Reading
Through whole group, small group and independent instruction, students will read and receive instruction on reading strategies and skills at a level which meets their individual needs.
Children begin writing when they first pick up a pencil, crayon, marker or pen. Their thoughts turn into squiggles, then letters, then strands of letters, words and finally into sentences. Writing is a process which is never ended. To aide in further developing the writing process, we use the following practices in the classroom each day:
· Modeled Writing
· Collaborative Writing
o Shared and Interactive Writing
· Guided Writing
· Independent Writing
Throughout the year, the children will be exposed to a variety of writing genres and will have the opportunity to convey their thoughts in a variety of modes.
The Second Grade word study program comes from the Fountas and Pinnell book, Phonics Lessons: Letters, words, and how they work. Each month the students will be learning different skills and concepts that will expand and refine their reading and writing. Throughout the school year we will also be working on high frequency sight words.
The Second Grade mathematics curriculum is a spiral curriculum that includes beginning, developing, and secure skills. This means that skills that are beginning and developing students are not required to have mastered at the time because they will see them over again. Through the Everyday Mathematics program students will see many different skills taught. The skills that will be taught include:
· Patterns and Graphs
· Time and Money
· Place Value
· Addition and Subtraction (with and without trading)
· Problem Solving Strategies
Teachers will also use the Otter Creek Mastering Math Facts to help students master their addition and subtraction facts through both one minute and two minute timed tests.
In Second Grade the curriculum is a hands-on based curriculum where students get the opportunity to do in class experiments and other activities. The Science units students will be studying about include:
· Water Cycle
· Sink and Float
· Life Cycles (Plants and Mealworms)
To learn about the past and society today second graders will be diving into topics that include:
· Our Earth
· Working Together
· Our Country Today
· Our Country Long Ago
· People and Places in History
Teachers will use the Pearson social studies book Where We Live when teaching social studies. Teachers will also use the Pearson website that has different leveled readers for both Science and Social Studies.
Second Grade Behavior Plan
In order for good learning to occur, the teacher must have the cooperation and attention of the student. Our classroom rules are quite simple and easy to follow:
Be Respectful - Be kind and courteous to others, use quiet voices and help or share with others.
Be Responsible - Follow directions, give good effort, clean up after yourself, and take care of our things.
Be There…Be Ready - Be on task and be prepared.
Be Safe - Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself, and keep chair legs on the floor.
Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes inappropriate choices are made. If this should happen, consequences will be determined accordingly. They could include loss of Paws Applause, time deducted from recess, a note or a phone call home, or a conference with the student, parent, and teacher.
Appropriate behavior is valued in our classrooms. Verbal praise and Paws Applause are ways positive behavior is rewarded. Paws Applause tickets can be saved to “purchase” rewards. Some of the choices are extra computer time, reading to another second grade class, lunch with the teacher and a friend, and many more.
Second graders also follow CHAMP behavior:
0 – No Talking
1 – Whisper Voice
2 – Conversation Voice
3 – Presentation Voice
4 – Outside Voice
When we follow CHAMP behavior, we have success!
Second graders also take part in Class Meetings. Class meetings occur on a weekly basis and as needed throughout the school year. Class Meetings allow for both students and the teacher to reflect upon the school week and/or events outside of the school day.
Following Class Meetings, students have the opportunity to participate in Community Time. Students are encouraged to engage in activities with their peers, rather than play independently.