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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!   


Stuart Vance is a graduate of Central Washington University and a 26 year veteran of District 204. He received his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University. Stuart has been part of the Spring Brook Staff since it opened in 1989. He has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. In addition to his love of teaching and encouraging young, creative minds to grow and learn Stuart enjoys singing, acting, reading and his annual trip to Sanibel Island during Spring Break.


Ms. Zoellner loves being a first grade teacher 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. Ms. Zoellner loves teaching and having fun with her first grade huskies! When she is not teaching, Ms. Zoellner loves reading, traveling, crafting, and playing with her two cats, Taz and Lily. 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

Sight Word List #2

Sight Word List #3



Math Games

Number Line Squeeze

Top It

Number Grid

Reaching to 20

Rolling to 100


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